Tips for Dressing your Newborn
You’ve probably already realised how overwhelmingly protective you feel towards your new arrival.
You want to look after your baby in every way. Comfort and practicality come first. Your new baby arrived wearing nothing but their birthday suit – so hopefully you’ve had time to buy a few essentials. Here are some tips on the clothes you’ll need and how to make sure they’re kind to baby’s sensitive skin.
- Choose clothes that are machine washable – you won’t have the time or energy for lots of hand washing
- Look for soft, natural fibres such as brushed cotton or cotton fleece, which won’t irritate your baby’s delicate skin
- Bodysuits which fasten under the crotch help keep nappies in place and are warmer than ordinary vests
- Try to choose clothes that open down the front – they make it much easier to dress baby and change nappies
- Many babies hate their face being covered, so look for items with wide envelope-style necks
- Avoid lacy knits as babies can easily get their fingers caught in the holes
- Check that socks, tights and bootees are not too tight
It’s great fun choosing new outfits for your baby and we’ve got a few tips for you to help you calculate sizes. Also remember to wash your baby’s new clothes before they wear them for the first time, in order to remove impurities and soften the clothes so that they’re comfortable against their skin.
Like adult sizes, baby sizes vary from shop to shop. Try not to choose clothes by the ‘age’ on the label – instead keep an up-to-date record of your baby’s height and weight in your purse or wallet and use that to choose clothes that will fit.
Hand-me-downs and dressing for the weather
When people offer you second-hand baby clothes, accept them. Babies grow out of their clothes very quickly, so just give the clothes a good wash and they’ll be perfect. As a rule of thumb, your baby should wear just one more layer of clothing than you do. Remove extra clothes as soon as you come indoors or get into a warm car or bus – even if it means waking your baby. You should take off baby’s hat too as most extra heat is lost through the head and it’s unlikely you’ll ever need a hat for baby indoors. Also watch out for your baby’s feet becoming too hot or too cold in their baby grow, and always take an extra pair of socks with you when it’s cold outside.
Washing your baby's clothes
Some detergents are biological, others are non-biological. But what exactly is the difference? Biological (bio) washing detergents contain cleaning enzymes that are very effective at cleaning at lower temperatures. For this reason, bio detergents can often be more effective at removing some stains. Many parents switch to Bio when their children are older and their clothes are more likely to be heavily stained. But for very little ones (and those with sensitive skin), Non-Bio can give you the reassurance you need that baby’s delicate skin will be cared for. The baby stain solver Babies are incredibly cute, but they’re also incredibly messy. So, just how do you remove those difficult stains from clothes –and still protect their delicate skin?
- Possetted milk: This is the milk your baby has brought back up. Wash clothes as soon as possible.
- Sick: Scrape off as much of the sick as possible and then rinse well under cold running water. Wash in Non-Bio at the maximum temperature advised by the care label.
- Wee: Cold rinse and wash immediately. Soak dried stains in Non-Bio, then wash normally at the maximum temperature advised by the care label.
- Poo: First remove any excess solid waste. Then soak in a sterilising solution. Finally, machine wash in Non-Bio as above.
- Breast milk: If stains have dried, soak the item first. Then rinse well in lukewarm water and wash in Non-Bio according to the care label.
- Syrup/medicine: Sponge with warm water, then wash in Non-Bio.