Dressing Your Newborn
When you come home from the hospital with your first bundle of joy, odds are that you are completely afraid of breaking him or her. So, when you are faced with having to pull those little arms through sleeves and soft spots through neck holes, you want to make sure it's as easy and simple as possible. Also, if you're like I was, you are constantly worried about keeping your baby at a comfortable temperature. Here are some tips for dressing your newborns that will put you at ease.
The fabrics you choose will depend mostly on where you live and the time of year it is when your little one makes his or her appearance. For example, I was blessed with my little girl at the end of December in Minnesota.
For everyday wear, stick to simple, natural fabrics without strings and buttons.
We chose mostly one-piece outfits (with footsies and sometimes built-in mittens) made from cozy terry cloth, fleece, or a heavy cotton. For warmer weather, stick with soft, breathable cotton. It's comfortable, is unlikely to irritate your baby's sensitive skin, and it won't overheat your baby.
Of course, once in a while you may want to dress your baby up in something a bit more stylish for a holiday or special occasion. Feel free to try out little sweaters, lace, velvet, and other textures. But for everyday wear, stick to simple, natural fabrics without strings and buttons (which can be hazardous to babies who like to put things in their mouths).
As far as types of clothing, there are a few basics when you are looking at one-pieces, bodysuits, onesies, and the like. First, we have the zipper. Zippers are great; they are fast and easy. You don't have to fumble around with snaps at 3:00 a.m. if you have a zipper. One thing to keep in mind if you are trying clothing with zippers is that the zipper should be covered. Sometimes there's even a flap of fabric at the top that you can snap closed to protect your baby from the zipper handle. Zipper one-pieces are also handy because you lay the baby down on them and then zip up, as opposed to slipping clothing over the head, which can be a little nerve-wracking for new parents!