How to Dress a Baby
Do you want to make sure your baby is comfortable, and happy with its clothing? A baby can't speak for itself you have to insure you are doing what's best. Some things can be too itchy or hot or too thin for your baby to wear. Here are some good materials for your baby to feel comfortable in all day.
Give thought to using natural fibers if you can. Cotton and wool are two fabrics that have distinct characteristics that may make them suitable for wearing in certain climates.
Try to make sure the dyes and any printing or appliques are done with nontoxic ingredients. Babies are vulnerable to many toxic chemicals that can accumulate over a person's lifetime. Be especially careful of clothing that may contain lead.
Consider gender specific characteristics for your baby's clothing. Blues, greens, browns, and other deep earth tones are typically boy colors, while pink, red, and pastel flowery colors may be considered girl colors. This is not a steadfast rule, however.
Keep weather conditions in mind when dressing your baby if they will be exposed to the weather during the day. Cold or rainy weather means dressing the baby appropriately to protect him/her from those conditions, but overdressing a baby during hot/humid weather may be dangerous also.
Think about dressing your baby in layers if weather conditions are subject to change during the day.
Be realistic when you consider purchasing baby clothing. Babies are growing much more quickly than older kids, so spending large amounts on their clothing may not be a wise investment.
Be particularly careful choosing shoes for your baby. Their feet can be injured in poorly constructed or improperly fitting footwear, and since they lack the ability to communicate their discomfort, it is up to you to be sure the footwear fits and wears correctly.
- Don't automatically dismiss the idea of clothing your baby in hand-me-downs. The reality is, babies often outgrow their clothing before it has been worn enough to hurt it.
- Tell people who give you clothing for your baby if you have a problem with what they have selected. This will prevent misunderstandings and hard feelings if the gift-giver later questions why they haven't seen the baby wearing those clothes.