When you bring a baby home from the hospital, it is easy to get caught up in even the simplest of tasks — including how to dress your baby! Is it too hot? Too cold? Okay?! Here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing baby clothes (really, really nice) to make sure they are safe and comfortable.
What Should My Baby Wear If It Is Cold?
When temperatures drop, it is important to make sure the Wholesale Babywear Clothing
a few layers to stay warm and comfortable. The sixth rule is to make sure the baby wears one more layer than you are comfortable wearing — if you feel cold, your baby may be too.
When you are inside, something like a diaper and onesie, covered with another warm layer (swaddle, reception blanket, bedding, etc.) will be enough to keep the baby's body temperature right. If your baby is premature, he may need one more layer until his weight reaches a full-time baby and his body can adjust to the temperature. Skin-to-skin contact with the mother is a great way to keep the baby warm as well, as warming your body helps control your baby's temperature (with the bonus of snuggles). As your baby sleeps on your skin, cover it with a blanket or swaddle.
When you go outside, make sure the baby is covered from head to toe — we are talking about a hat, thick socks or boots (be careful not to kick them by mistake! Follow the ‘one more layer’ suggestion we mentioned above, and tuck the blanket around them in the cart for extra warmth.
Car seat safety note: Be sure to remove any large jackets or outer garments before protecting the child in his or her seat. Although it may sound unusual to remove the jacket from the cold, in the event of an accident these items can compress and make the car seat straps very loose - which can greatly increase the risk of injury to the baby. Try to get used to the warmer cars in advance (if possible!) To help alleviate any concerns about the baby’s comfort. Some moms keep extra clothes in the car to ride the baby in cold weather (except for the seat belt, please!) ... and it's good to clean up unexpected spit, too! Any corded car seat covers are not safe. The baby's back should face the seat with nothing in between.
What Should My Baby Wear in Hot Weather?
When the temperature rises above 75 degrees Fahrenheit, it is a safe bet to dress a child in one layer of loose clothing so as not to overheat. Lightweight cotton clothing helps to keep the baby cool — and protects its skin from the sun (keep the baby in the shade as much as possible). Wide-brimmed hats are also a great way to keep the sun away from the face and skin for extra UV protection (tip: see a hat with a belt on the chin to help prevent a child from pulling his hat… and over. ... and more).
What Should My Baby Wear When Sleeping?
You should dress your baby in one or two beds to sleep — make sure he or she has no straps or ties — and never cover the baby's head. Until the baby can roll on his own, a swaddle or sleeping bag can be one of those layers. Many mothers use velcro or blanket swaddles, which wrap neatly around the baby from the neck down until dawn until rollover (if it rolls, stops immediately for safety reasons).
A sleeping blanket, or sleeping bag, is also a great way (and safe!) To add an extra layer of warmth to children of all ages. Keep a room temperature between 68-72 degrees — and be sure to check the baby's neck to make sure your baby is not overheating (low humidity is normal but the baby should not drip sweat).
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