How to Choose the First Clothes for Your Baby
Your bundle of joy is finally here! It may have been a gruesome, long, labouring process for you. Or perhaps, you’re one of the lucky few who sail through seamlessly and within minutes your precious jewel lays comfortably in your arms, smiling up at you. Whatever your experience, the end result is the same. That precious 9-month awaited gift. The cute little newborn baby clothes you’d prepared months in advance can finally be adorned by their new owner.
The First Baby Clothes
Babies are sensitive and react easily to all sorts of triggers. For some, it could be an allergic reaction to something as simple as wool. For others, it could be more intense like lotion. When selecting baby clothes for the first time, there are certain factors to consider. Here, we take a look at the more common ones.
The most advisable fabric when choosing newborn baby clothes is cotton. It is soft, gentle, durable, comfortable, and washes well. Cotton is also highly absorbent, which works well for babies. As far as possible, select organic cotton as it is grown without fertilizers and chemicals, ensuring the comfort of your baby.
Some babies may react to wool and other fabrics, causing rashes to the skin. While this may not be a major problem, it will cause discomfort to your baby, making them cry unnecessarily. Any source of discomfort that you can avoid should be curtailed at all costs.
# Suitability & Functionality
Babies grow at a very fast rate, and it is important you select the appropriate clothing size to avoid stunting their growth or make them feel constricted. Stretchy outfits that fasten at the front are easy to put on. They are also easy to remove during a diaper change or when soiled.
As a general rule, one-piece jumpsuits are recommended as they keep baby warm all through. If you opt for say, trousers and a hoodie, chances are the waist will at some point be exposed, leaving entry points for the cold to get into your baby’s body.
Outfits that are fastened at the front are more ideal as you will not require to disturb baby or turn him over during a change. Remember that newborns love their peace and comfort and the less you need to interrupt this, the better for both you and the baby.
It is the norm to breastfeed newborn babies. Therefore, when selecting your newborn baby clothes, you want to opt for those that can be handled with ease even as you breastfeed, the baby’s most soothing moment. Sometimes when the baby burps, they may produce some regurgitation which spills on to the clothes. Layering makes it possible to keep the baby clean without fully undressing them and exposing them to the cold.
Layering is basically putting several layers of clothes. For instance, you can dress your baby in a jumpsuit, trouser and t-shirt, jacket, then wrap them in a flannel or shawl. When the need arises, like temperature change or perhaps you’ve gone out and it’s warmer outside, it is easy to maintain the baby’s temperatures through decreasing layers. Or when temperatures go low, you can increase layers to adjust the baby’s warmth.
Newborns need one to pay attention to detail, so keep monitoring them. If they show signs of discomfort, figure out what is causing it and eliminate it. With that sorted, you’ll enjoy a happy baby!