Many people today are first time parents to a baby. There are going to be several learning experiences that will come about along the course of time. So why not get a little help to increase your knowledge to make for a happy parenting journey. One aspect of parenting that parents deal with, and can be quite nerve wracking for some, is dressing a child. Parents that already have children need pointers sometimes also because not all children are alike.
Where does one begin, should we start with putting the clothes on your child; or with the kind of clothes you are going to put on your child? Before dressing your child, you should consider the type of fabric you are putting on your baby. Pick fabrics that are lightweight and can breathe. Some fabrics do not allow air through or dry easily. Letting wet clothes stay on a child may cause a rash. Cotton is a good choice because it dries faster and absorbs moisture away from your child’s body.
How keen are you on cute clothes? An article of clothing may appear as a ten on the cuteness scale, but what will be your child’s level of comfort? Clothing should not cause discomfort to a baby no matter how cute. Do not pick clothes that are bulky. The seams of the clothes should be smooth. If a top has a collar, choose ones that lay flat. Remember, a comfortable baby equals a happy baby. This also pertains to the parents. A happy baby equals happy parents and more sleep for you and your child.
Let us move on to the actual dressing of your baby. Choose clothing that is easy to put on and take off. When you are putting the top on always support the head. Furthermore, try to keep their fingers together when pulling their arms through the sleeves. If you are uncomfortable with pulling clothes over your child’s head, some people are, find tops with wide collars or that has snaps on one side. Also, pick clothes that have snaps to make diaper changes easier. If you are out in a public place you do not want your child’s clothing falling on a dirty floor. There is less risk with snaps because pants will be held on by the waist.
Now, how do you dress your child for bedtime? Consider how you feel before going to bed – are you cold or hot. If you think you need a top with sleeves, your child may need something extra as well. Also, think about the parts of your body that gets cold or hotter faster. Feet can be a troublesome issue. Many infants wake up because of cold feet. Buy one piece sleepers or a sleep sack. Do not forget about socks as an option. Your infants comfort will make for a peaceful night, so, make sure they do not get overheated. SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is increased if your child gets overheated. Furthermore, make sure the clothing does not have any decorative features like strings that may cause strangulation. Sleep clothing should not be too loose or snug and elastic not tight. Safety is of priority during this time because there is no supervision.
Ok, it is wintertime. Parents get out the coats, snowsuits, fleece liners, and blankets. Winter requires more clothing. Therefore, add extra time to getting ready if you need to be somewhere at a certain time. Make sure you change your baby before dressing them in their clothes, though some give you surprises. Now, think about the number of layers you are wearing; and if you are comfortable, do the same for your baby. However, pay attention to signs that your child may be colder or getting overheated. Full snowsuits, with mittens, booties and hood, are a good option for winter because they cover the entire body. However, some people find you can’t get your baby in and out as quickly. Another viable option would be to dress your child in comfortable layers, put on a jacket, then cover with a blanket or fleece liner. Remember, always look for signs of discomfort.
Winter is over, we have passed spring, and now it is summer. How do you dress your baby during the summer and keep them protected from the sun? Let us go back to the days of our science class. Do you remember what your teacher told you about light and colors? Colors that are light reflect heat; and colors that are dark absorb heat. Therefore, cover your baby’s arms and legs up in light colored clothing that has a lightweight fabric, especially the first six months. An infant’s head should also be protected from the sun with a hat. Excellent choices of hats are those with flaps in the back and a brim. Summer is a time for heat exhaustion; so, make sure baby is dressed in light loose clothing, has enough liquids, and stay in the shade as much as possible.
Something that should not be set aside is dressing your baby for daycare. Daycare teachers have more than one baby to care for throughout the day. Dress your child appropriately for childcare. You feel like your baby is eight babies all by itself, can you actually imagine caring for that many babies? When dressing your child for daycare pick clothes that are easy to get on and off. One piece outfits with an excessive amount of buttons slows down on time. Do not dress your child in a one piece and then put a top over it. Remember, these workers are caring for not one but eight at the most at a five star center. Making things simpler makes it easier caring for the baby.
In conclusion, having a baby is wonderful experience that requires a lot of learning and mistakes. Let your level of comfort guide you with how to dress your baby. Furthermore, do not forget to look for signs of discomfort. If you need to adjust your child’s clothing, make the adjustment and remember that moment for later assessment of your child’s tolerance to temperatures. Dressing your child for the utmost comfort will lead to a happy and pleased baby.