Dressing a baby requires the correct choice of clothes and proper care while putting on the clothes. Let us learn about a few clothing items for babies and how you can dress the baby.
You should dress a baby according to the weather and activity planned for the day.
The baby's clothes should be very comfortable. As much as possible, choose cotton clothes. Avoid loose buttons, ribbons and strings, and anything that can scratch the baby's delicate skin. Let us look at some clothing items that a baby must have.
There should be some bodysuits and one-piece sleepers in a small baby's wardrobe. Note that to avoid accidentally hurting the baby's sensitive skin, it is better to have buttons instead of zippers in their clothes
As a baby grows older, you could include other dresses such as t-shirts and bottoms and frocks for girls. Avoid bottoms that have zippers or buttons.
The baby's clothes should include outerwear, which may be warm if required.
A baby's wardrobe should also have some socks and suitable shoes. Avoid socks with loose strings inside that can get tangled on the baby's toes.
You must also include a few caps or hats, which may be suited for hot or cold weather, as required.
Before you start dressing a baby, put on a nappy. Ensure that the nappy fits snugly and is neither too loose nor too tight.
Let us look at the steps to dress a baby. We will first see how to dress a baby in a one-piece outfit that snaps or zips up the front from ankle to neck. Note that this type of dress is the easiest to put on for babies less than six months of age, who do not sit. Spread out the outfit out and place the baby on top of it. Slip the feet through the leg holes. Next, pull the arms gently through the sleeves, and snap or zipper the baby in.
To put on a body suit, bunch it up and make a big opening with your hands. Then gently holding the baby's head, pull the dress over their face. Remember to start at the back of the head.
The next step is to pull their arms through. The easiest way is to put your hand through the sleeve, hold their hand, and pull gently. Make sure their fingers do not get caught in the cloth. Next, snap up the buttons of the dress. You can sing and talk to the baby, both for distracting and bonding with them.
You will find it easiest to make the baby wear a shirt. You can slip the right hand through the sleeve and then bring the other sleeve from back to slip in the left hand. Put on the button while you entertain the baby with a song or small talk. This will distract the baby, keep them busy, and make your work easy.
Elastic waist pants are ideal for babies. To put pants on a baby who is lying down, bunch up one leg of the pants at a time. Hold the baby's foot through the leg, and pull the baby's leg through. Repeat with the other leg. Lift the baby slightly with one hand to tuck the pants properly over the nappy.
Next, put on socks if the baby's feet are bare. Note that socks with elastic at the ankles are more likely to stay on.
Finally, put on a cap or a hat, as appropriate to the weather.
Dressing up a baby can be a delightful experience for you. Choose their clothes carefully and always keep their comfort in mind.