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How to dress your baby

How to dress your baby


Baby clothing is ever-so-cute, but it can be fiddly to put on. Here's a guide to dressing your baby simply and easily.

Baby clothes are not only cute, they're in regular use. When choosing the best clothes for baby, think about easy access. You'll need to change nappies around four or five times a day - at least - so you'll want clothes that you can remove easily and that aren't fiddly to remove or add.

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Here are your basics

Singlets

A singlet's a great option for a baby who normally needs one more layer than you'd wear yourself. A singlet ensures that baby's back and chest is always snuggly and warm, even when you're changing nappies. And in summer, when it's stinking hot, a nappy and singlet is what every baby's best dressed in.

Onesies

A one piece suit that snaps up from the ankles to the neck is not only cute-as, it's the easiest way to dress your baby. A onesie is a great sleepsuit, but it can also go anywhere during the day too. These will be your baby basics, so stock up on them. They're simple to dress your baby in as you simply lay your baby on top of the opened suit and gently guide her feet into the booties, and her arms through the armholes and snap up (starting at the bottom and snapping upwards is the easiest way to do it and avoid confusion).

Two piece outfits

Go for stretchy outfits as they're easiest to dress baby in. T-shirts or kimono-style tops are best - and, when combined with leggings or stretchy pants, make nappy changing time a breeze. To dress baby, pull open the neck nice and wide and gently guide it over her head. Then scrunch up the arms, holding the opening wide, and gently guide your baby's arms, one at a time, through the hole. Don't force her. And if she's upset, stop and calm her before continuing. Distracting your baby with a mobile, or by singing or chatting to her, can make change time go faster.

Shoes?

Until your baby starts walking shoes aren't necessary - just use socks or booties to keep baby's tootsies nice and toasty. But if you can't resist those teeny, tiny pairs of Converse, make sure they're squishy and don't constrict your baby's toes or feet.

Head wear

It's a good idea to get your baby used to hats as early as possible, so sun protection later on is simpler. Cotton or woollen beanies can help keep baby warm as much of their heat escapes through their head. In summer, pop on a sun hat, preferably one with an elastic hat band under the chin to keep it on her head.

How warm is my baby?

Baby's temperature regulation isn't as advanced as ours, and she can't tell you if she's too cold or warm. Dress baby in one more layer than you're wearing, usually a singlet in the warmer months and a spencer when it's colder. But if you're unsure, use your hand to feel your baby's tummy or back. If it feels like it's a comfortable temperature then you've got the clothing right. If it feels cold, add more clothing, too warm, take something off.

Be prepared

Whenever you leave the house always take a couple of changes of clothing for those times when baby vomits after feeding, or when you have one of "those" explosive poos. You can never be too prepared when it comes to clothing.

This article was written for Birth, Australia's most comprehensive pregnancy and baby website.

Last revised: Tuesday, 10 September 2013

This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.

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