The best place to dress baby, like to change his diaper, is of course on his changing table ! Before you lay your baby there, you will prepare the things you want to put on it. This way, you will have them on hand, and you will avoid having to go back and forth with baby in your arms if you have forgotten something. Depending on the season, the outfit will not be the same. Here is how to choose the right clothes.
How to dress a baby from 0 to 3 months depending on the temperature outside?
Whether it’s summer or winter, here is our first tip: to buy or choose clothes, go easy. Since for your child, clothing does not rhyme with part of the fun, it will be necessary to go as quickly as possible.
Then, we will choose baby clothes according to the season.
Dress up baby in winter during the day
Your baby is immobile and will therefore be more sensitive to the cold than you. Don’t know how to dress her? The rule is simple: add a thin layer more than you. This technique allows you to add or remove clothes depending on the temperature.
Keep in mind, however, that your child should not be too tight or too covered.
Against the cold, in winter, add in addition to his clothes:
- A coat ;
- Warm gloves;
- A cap;
- Wool socks.
Dress baby in summer during the day
Summer is particularly trying for babies, and in particular the heat wave, from which they must be protected! To do this, and so that he does not get heat stroke in summer: put her only a short-sleeved bodysuit over her diaper. Choose light colors. The perspiration will play a role of refreshing his body.
Otherwise, you can put a undershirt (simple t-shirt) to promote air circulation.
Another essential rule in summer to protect baby from the sun: put on a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
In spring and fall, temperatures are less extreme. Adapt to the climate, always checking that baby is neither too hot nor too cold!
Newborn clothes: how to dress a baby at birth?
Usually, a newborn baby is dressed with a long-sleeved bodysuit, preferably cotton to respect its fragile skin, as well as with a pajamas and a cardigan over them if it’s cold. Do not forget to put socks, over or under the pajamas, and a little beanie, to compensate for the loss of heat from his head.
When it is cold, newborns very much like to be wrapped in coverage. But thagain, remember baby should neither be too tight nor too covered.
How to dress a baby well at night to sleep?
Instead of pajamas, you can put on baby a sleeping bag, a real practical and comfortable little sleeping bag, which replaces pillows, sheets and eiderdowns and avoids the risk of suffocation. Around two years, you can replace the sleeping bag with a blanket, and put the childpyjamas. Don’t forget to put on socks under or over the pajamas. On the other hand, check that the baby is not too covered!
Regarding materials, prefer natural ones that allow baby’s fragile skin to breathe well. The fabric should be loose enough, easily stretchy. You can try to buy some organic cotton bodysuits for example. These garments are made with fewer chemicals than manufacturers.
If you can, avoid putting synthetic textiles on it (tergal, polyester, acrylic) less pleasant for your baby.To know if baby is neither too hot nor too cold with the clothes he is wearing, it will be necessary to monitor his temperature in the room. Make sure it is always understood between 18 and 20 degrees.
The technique for putting on your baby’s bodysuit
A bodysuit with short or long sleeves can be difficult to put on, especially when you are not used to it. Here are the recommended actions, which you will adopt very quickly once you have performed them a few times!
- First lay your baby on the changing table or on a flat surface covered with a terry towel. You have all his things close at hand;
- After having put it on a diaper, you attack the most delicate phase for you who are not yet experienced: the passage of the body through the head;
- You must first widen the neckline as much as possible to pass it through the face and after that stretch it to slide it over the skull;
- Your baby’s eyes should never be hidden by the clothing because he could feel insecure.
Pressures or zippers?
Think well that snaps or zippers will be much more practical than traditional buttons. Pressures are also more convenient when they are placed on the front and at the crotch. You will just have to undo them simply to change his diaper.
The sleeves, on the other hand, should be loose enough so that your baby does not feel cramped or his blood circulation is hampered. As for the collar, it must also be wide. Check that nothing can irritate or bother him. We do not recommend a turtleneck for babies.
Sleeves and legs: how to dress baby?
Baby’s hands and feet are fragile. To put on his sleeves without risking injury, form a kind of accordion with the fabric, like when you put on pantyhose. Grab her hand while sliding the fabric down her arm. Then close the pressures taking care not to hurt your baby by pressing too hard or pinching his skin. For the rest, do the same.
For pants or overalls, also widen each leg of the pants while pleating it. Thread the first up to baby’s knee before putting on the second.
When you are at home, and especially when the temperature is low, make sure to cover baby’s feet well: especially when he is on his play mat, his cradle, or on the cold tiles …
Take advantage of the moment of changing your baby to cuddle him
Dressing and undressing is not necessarily very pleasant for your baby. Then try to make it a distraction. Do not hesitate to speak to him softly and calmly. You can sing to reassure him, give him a blanket in his hands to occupy him. Show her where her navel is, her nose, give her little kisses.
Do not lose sight of your baby, always look him in the eyes when you put him on clothes. It is reassure him and not upset him.
If dressing your baby is a real obstacle course because he is crying and struggling, keep calm. Tell him what you are doing with a soft voice. If you have to put it in several layers, try to put the t-shirt in the sweater first, for example, to make it go faster.
During your stay in the maternity ward, do not hesitate to ask the nursery nurse for advice on the subject.