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How to Dress a Newborn

How to Dress a Newborn

Babies outgrow their clothes quickly, which is why you should only buy what the baby needs in the required size. Also, consider buying baby clothes that you can quickly put on and off, provides comfort and are not difficult to launder. It is advisable to dress newborn babies in layers.

Sizes for Newborn Clothes

For newborn babies of 0-3 months old, size 000 is a perfect fit, while size 00 is suitable for babies of 3-6 months. However, bearing in mind that some babies are bigger than others, the plus-size babies may begin with size 00, although you may be required to make some adjustments by rolling up the sleeves for some time.

It is a good idea to compare your baby clothes to other wears you own instead of solely relying on the sizes specified on the label because sizes may differ based on the manufacturers or the types of baby clothes. Buying just what your baby needs in each size is best because babies grow rapidly.

How many clothes will be needed by your newborn?

Generally, babies need a good change of clothes, whether for your baby boy styles or baby girl styles. With the under listed clothing in your baby's closet, you are good to go for a newborn baby:

  • Six jumpsuits
  • Six singlets
  • Two jumpers (for cold weather)
  • 3 bodysuits
  • 3 muslin wraps with 3 cotton bunny rugs
  • Two beanies
  • Some pairs of socks
  • Sleeping bag


Kinds of Clothes your Newborn Needs

Newborn baby clothes ought to be soft, comfortable and easy to maintain. Stretchy jumpsuits and bodysuits with zips or snap bottoms are best for your baby as they are easy to put on and off. Also, baby clothes with front zippers make changing your baby's nappies or the entire outfit easy.

For a soft feel on the body and a cooler temperature, especially in hot weather, it is advisable to get clothes made from cotton rather than synthetic fibre clothes. Looking out for flame-resistant clothes is needful as they ensure additional safety. Newborn baby clothes should have this label.

Helping a Newborn to Stay Warm

Keeping your newborn baby warm is very important. To achieve this, especially in cold or cool weather, you may want to dress the baby in layers that can be taken off in warmer places or rooms to avoid over-heating. Your baby can do with the same layer of clothes you are putting with an additional layer. Even though keeping newborns warm is vital, it must be done with care to avoid over-heating, mainly when they are asleep. You can use an infant sleeping bag or tuck the baby up in a soft blanket.

However, if you are using a blanket, you must ensure that the blanket does not cover your baby's head when the baby is asleep. This is achievable by placing your baby's feet at the end of the cot when placing the baby in the cot. Be sure to tuck in the blanket carefully so that it does not go farther than the baby's chest.


Dressing a Newborn

Dressing a newborn or changing their outfit/nappy can cause them discomfort and so it's best for you and your baby if you do it calmly and quickly.

You can try following these steps for a less stressful dressing experience for your baby.

Ensure that you are in a warm room and gently put down your baby on the bed or any soft surface. To prevent the baby from weeing on the bed, you can put a nappy on your baby.

Put an undershirt on your baby from the back by stretching the neck while gently bracing your baby's head all through. Knowing that most babies get irritated when clothes rub on their faces, it is essential to avoid scraping your baby's face with clothes as you pull the front across the baby's head. When it is time to undress your baby, you can repeat the process in reverse order and still ensure that the cloth does not scrape your baby's face.

If your baby is to wear a jumpsuit, you can unfasten the suit's buttons or unzip it, then place it on the bed. Put down your baby on top of it and gently put in your baby's arms and legs into the arms and leg holes before fastening the buttons or zipping it up.

If it is necessary to take your baby out during the hot weather, ensure that you adequately cover your baby's arms and legs to protect them from direct sunlight.

It is, however, advisable not to expose your baby at all to direct sunlight.


Washing Newborn Clothes

Washing your baby clothes together with other laundry is not a problem, provided you use mild detergents. Sensitive and not harsh detergents are preferable for your baby clothes because they are less likely to cause any harm to your child's skin.

Soaking soiled baby clothes with nappy sanitiser is essential before washing. Once your baby begins eating solid foods and drinks, it is only natural that your baby will soil the clothes, and so a nappy sanitiser comes in handy.

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