Newborn babies are extremely fragile and fidgety and this makes dressing extremely difficult. The head is large, soft, and tender and needs support which makes it difficult to get a onesie or a t-shirt on.
With an intense abhorrence for nudity and sensitivity to temperature changes, most infants loathe the idea of being dressed. This makes dressing an infant extremely challenging. However, here are some simple ways of making dressing less bothersome for both you and the baby.
7 Tips On Dressing A Baby
Selection of Clothes
Infants are best suited for onesies with large openings and buttons down the front, which make it easier to dress the infant. Rompers with buttons or zips at the crotch are optimal for young babies as it makes dressing and changing nappies easier.
Sleeves should be loose, of appropriate length and suited to the temperature outside. Clothes with stretchable fabric and light knit wear are ideally suited for young babies.
Keep a bib on the baby at all times especially if he/she is prone to spit-ups. If at all the baby messes up his/her clothing, wipe with a clean cloth. It is quite cumbersome and uneconomical to change the baby’s clothes every time the baby spits up unless the clothing is emitting a foul odour.
Keep the Baby Entertained
Make it a point to dress the baby on the bed or some place comfortable where he/she is less likely to squirm and fidget. Have some form of entertainment like lullabies that will distract the baby as you change him/her. Play some soft music in the background or sing a few nursery rhymes to the child in order to distract it.
Kiss and Cuddle
Babies love to be cuddled and kissed so squeeze in a few cuddles as you change them. You can also do a running commentary on how you are changing the child and what the baby will like to wear for the day. This will also enrich the baby’s vocabulary significantly. Pulling on and pulling off clothes can be made into a game in order to attach a sense of fun to it.
Be Careful of the Head
Getting a garment through the baby’s head is the most difficult part. Be sure to stretch the neck as wide as possible when you pull down a garment over a baby’s head. Be careful to not snag the garment on the baby’s eyes, nose or ears, as this can be very uncomfortable. If the cloth has shrunk, discard it or give it away. Never make a baby wear clothes that are one size too small.
Try to reach into the sleeves and pull your baby’s hands through them rather than stuffing the baby’s arms into snug sleeves. A game of ‘where is the baby’s hand’? can also be incorporated here.
Make sure you pull the frock, skirt or blouse away from the baby’s body while zipping the baby up. This will prevent the zip from digging or scratching the baby’s skin. Keep your nails trim while dressing baby otherwise you might scratch him/her.