Baby Clothes: Dressing Your Baby
Even if you're not a fashionista, you probably can't wait to dress your baby in all of the adorable clothes you got at the baby shower. It'll be just like playing dress-up with a doll, right? Not exactly. Dolls don't fuss and squirm! And they don't get poop on their brand-new wardrobe.
Here are some tips for dressing your baby:
- Make sure you've got the right clothes on hand for the season. The general rule of thumb is that you want to dress your baby in the same amount of clothes that you're wearing PLUS one layer (preemies need two extra layers).
- If your baby is fussy when you try to change her, she may be cold or not like being naked. Keep her cozy with a receiving blanket.
- Believe it or not, the cutest outfits aren't always the easiest to put on! Try to choose tops that have snaps around the neck hole so it will be easier to get them over your baby's head. Snaps are handy on pant legs, too—especially when it comes time to change her diaper!
- In warm weather, skip the socks. And there's no need for shoes until your baby starts walking.
- If your baby doesn't like when you dress her, try to make it fun by playing peek-a-boo or tickling her belly. Give her a favorite stuffed animal or toy to play with or change her underneath a mobile to distract her.
- Once you get the basics down, you'll have fun dressing your baby in all of her new clothes.