Being a mother is an experience on its own! Gone are the days when you were free to wear whatever you could and roam around the streets of your city carelessly. If you have experienced the pregnancy period any sooner you will know how it feels like when your hormones are at a war with yourself.
And after holding your baby in your hands for the first time you will surely notice how the carelessly seeming girl is now replaced with a caring and loving mother. Things change with motherhood, and you tend to leave a lot of habits behind.
But when things come to dressing up, nothing really changes as much. Except that now you have your own doll whom you like to dress up for different occasions and make him/her look beautiful.
Baby clothing has drastically changed in the recent past, from where we used to get only the necessities there has been an equal fashion outburst in baby fashion too. And so we have a little guidance to the new mothers for them to get ideas on baby clothing.
How to know what you should buy for your new born baby?
Babies are messy, playful and super active! They don’t need much fancy looks and clothing in their early childhood days. Their outfits must be uncomplicated, comfortable and easily changeable.
Because of the number of times you are going to change their diapers and dirty clothes, you do not want to indulge into painful removing and wearing of their clothes. Always choose light clothes that make the baby comfortable and easy. Go for the clothes that are:
- Cotton clothes
- Soft clothes
- No irritating tags
- Can be washed easily
- Easily wearable
Another thing to keep in mind when choosing baby’s cloth is the size. Babies are fast at growing and you will not really know their clothes size until you try some on them and find it out. It’s best you buy pieces in all sizes and try it on your baby to find which fits him/her perfectly.
It’s always best to also buy a size bigger to what babies wear, as they are comfortable and shall be of use any sooner.
Baby clothing for your tiny tots
Baby clothes need to be as perfect as the tiny tots who wear it and need to be soft and not cause any type of allergies. These clothes need to be dermatologically safe and not irritate your baby’s skin.
While some types of fabrics may be okay for occasional wear, they may be chafing your baby’s extremely soft skin and therefore can be a very extreme challenge to get right. No matter which outfit you want your baby to wear, you need the knowledge of the right material to put on your baby’s body that will not really cause any reaction for your tiny tots.
- Cotton – Cotton is one of the most common fabrics that is generally used in almost all types of infant clothing. Cotton is really soft and absorbent and extremely gentle on your baby’s skin and can be a very good option for daily wear. For better quality clothing, you can ensure that you go for an organic version of cotton and remember that this will actually shrink to 10% in your first wash and dry cycles upon the use of heat.
- Cotton/Polyester Blends – This is one of the best blends that you can use. This is a super fast drying blend which does not really wrinkle much and therefore is good for daily wear. This blend is less expensive than other types of clothing that is made from 100%fiber and is very easy to wash and care for and therefore is a popular choice for busy parents.
- Cotton/Spandex Blends – This is the very best when it comes to a cotton and spandex blend. This material can move with your baby, giving the tiny one plenty of scope to express itself and to move about as much as he wants to which can help him/her grow. This material can generally be found in Tights and other very fitting types of clothes.
- Fleece – Fleece is very warm and very fluffy and can be found in a number of different types of outerwear and can be a good option for your baby in the winter and can be a very good type of outerwear. This can dry quickly and is a very good alternative to wool if you are vegan. This material is also quite stain-proof and is a very easy fabric to care for if your tiny tot likes to get messy and can be washed out in the machine with similar colors without any problem.
- Cashmere – Cashmere is a very luxury, high-end fabric and is generally found in designer clothes for your baby. This is not really a practical fabric for a baby as this is way too pricey and your baby will grow out of these clothes in a few months, and therefore is just a waste of money. Moreover, it is very difficult to really get any type of stains out of cashmere, so it is not really the type of fabric that you really want to go for when it comes to babies.
- Bamboo – Bamboo is all-natural and therefore it is a very popular type of choice for your baby’s clothing. Bamboo is a thermo-regulatory fabric, which means that it will help to bring down your baby’s body and increase it when your baby is cold. Therefore, this type of fabric is great for layering up and is both hypo-allergenic and antibacterial which makes it one of the best types of clothing options for babies if you want a fabric that is truly fuss free and is able to give you the perfect way to dress your kid in something that truly cares for him/her the way you do.
Now that you have an understanding about the type of material that you should go for to dress your child, you need to know the basic types of clothing that you will need when your baby is born and for the first few months.
This is the time when parents can get the most overwhelmed about what they need to do and what they should put on the baby as the baby is most fragile during these months and is highly susceptible to any sort of infections that can be detrimental to its development later on.
Here are some types of clothes that you will need in the first few months when your baby is born.
Undershirts: about 4-6, short/long sleeves – Undershirts that are snapped on or can be tied on the sides are much better as these are much easier to put on for a small baby than anything that is generally pulled over the head. This is also much better for your baby till the severed umbilical cord falls off naturally.
Onesies: about 7-10 – These are wardrobe staples for any baby’s wardrobe. These one piece cotton outfits can be available in both short and long sleeves and choosing one that has snaps at the crotch area can help you in changing a diaper quickly.
Infant gowns: about 3-4 – These gowns generally close at the bottom and are perfect for keeping your baby’s feet warm and toasty and are extremely easy to change diapers in. These gowns can also come with mittens attached which can help you to prevent the baby from scratching itself while sleeping.
Stretch suits or sleepers: about 3-6 – Contrary to popular belief, it is not always a good idea to cover your baby in a blanket during the night as it can get entangled within the blanket and/or take them off while sleeping. Wearing a sleeper suit will ensure that your baby is warm and toasty during the night.
Socks/cotton booties: about 3-4 pairs – If you are putting any socks or booties on your baby, remember that these socks must be loose enough to ensure that your baby is able to wiggle his toes around. If you are buying socks for a newborn, choose one with an elastic band at the cuff as they are likely to kick. You don’t need shoes for your baby at this stage as shoes are made for walking and should not be put on till your baby starts walking. This can have adverse effects and can actually hinder the growth of your child’s feet if put on when they are a newborn.
Bonnets/hats: 1-2 – A cap or a hat can help to keep your baby warm and cozy when you are going out or even when you are at home. Bonnets, similarly, can help to keep the sun away when you are going outdoors.
Sweaters: 1-2 – Depending upon the weather or the place where the baby is born, you may also need a couple of sweaters to put on the baby. If you stay in a really cold place, you may need around 5-6, since sweaters need time to dry if they get dirty and can be really hard to wash and get stains out of. So keep a few spares if necessary.
What kind of dresses to choose for baby clothing?
To select what your baby should wear, the purpose and the place should always be kept in mind. The activity of your baby decides what should be worn by them. For example- if you are trying to make the baby sleep, you have to dress him/her in appropriate comfortable clothing for him to relax and sleep. And so we have some dresses lined up for you to give you more baby clothing ideas.
- One-piece outfits: They are super comfortable for babies as they tend to set loose their legs and don’t need to be cared for much. Makes your diaper changing easier and hence you should buy a number of comfortable one-piece outfits
- Separates: Separates are the shirts, pants, tops that and be worn by mix and match. They allow you to change one dirty piece of cloth without changing the whole outfit and mixing and matching allows them to look good in any changed clothes.
- Accessories: Neck towels, hats, socks and blankets should always be available in number to change as soon as they get dirty.
How to dress up your baby in winters?
When it comes to bundling your joy in a set of clothes and it’s cold outside, the best idea is to make your baby dressed into the same number of clothes as you are wearing PLUS ONE! So if you are planning for a sweater, coat, boots, hat, gloves and scarf etc. then make your baby wear them too plus a blanket to warm him/her up a little more.
This shall impart heat to the baby and keep the dirt away from them. But beware of not over dressing the baby with warm clothes when you are inside the house. Always read the signs the baby is giving of what they are feeling certain kinds of clothes and keep changing their attire accordingly.
Winters can be a little tricky to choose the fabric of clothes for your baby. Always lookout for soft and pure woolen clothes for your baby as any harshness in the material can give rashes and burn to the baby’s skin.
It is best to un-layer the baby when he is at home and cover them up in a blanket which they can push away with their legs if they feel hot.
How to dress up your baby in summers?
Summer comes with its advantages and disadvantages in baby clothing. As much as we would love to dress lightly, it is also very important to check the harsh effects of the environment on the baby’s skin.
Dress your baby in comfortable single layer clothes only and let their hands and legs feel free to crawl around the house comfortably. As it is summer, it becomes necessary to protect the baby from the harmful sun rays and so cover your baby with stylish light hats that make them look more adorable and also protect them from extra heat and sunlight.
Use those baby sunscreens for their skin to not get damaged. The fabric used for babies during summer is cotton. Cotton soaks sweat in the most easiest and comfortable way and dries up soon too. It is super soft on the skin and will not have harsh effect on your baby’s skin.
Caring for baby clothes
For baby clothes care procedures, you don’t really have to worry too much. There are a few steps that you need to undertake to really make them germ free and safe for your baby to wear-
- Washing – Though your baby is not likely to be harmed if you don’t use brand new and unwashed clothes all the time, there could be a slight skin irritation or an allergy that can make him/her uncomfortable. Baby skin is often sensitive to a substance called the sizing which is generally applied to clothes in the store which makes them extra shiny and looking nice in the store. Moreover, the shipping process can result in the clothes coming in contact with dirt, bugs or even rodents and giving the clothes a quick wash before putting them on is a good idea and can prevent any possible reactions.
- Regular Detergent vs. special detergent – Unless you are specifically recommended by your doctor to get a specific type of detergent for any baby clothes, you don’t really need the special detergents which are normally targeted towards baby fit outs, but you don’t need to use one of these for washing the clothes. Though some parents do try to use dye free and detergent which are scent free, it can be okay to wash clothes in regular detergent as long as the baby is not bothered by it.
- Keeping Up with the Laundry – If you are overwhelmed by the number of times you will end up having to wash your baby’s clothes, the simplest trick is to buy more clothes to change when they need changing and just doing the load altogether, since there is no way you will have a light load, especially till the baby gets potty trained.
- Removing Stains – If you are too concerned about getting a stain out of your baby’s clothes and want the dress to be spick and span, instead of using chlorine based bleach, it can be a better idea to use a oxygen based bleach which is generally not that harmful to colors and will not irritate your baby’s skin too much. However, it is not recommended and you need to prepare for the fact that you will probably have to throw away more clothes than you have anticipated.
Tips for dressing your new born baby!
Apart from the basic measure we take for baby clothing, these tips shall help you dress your baby well.
- Avoid clothes that wrap around the baby’s neck too tightly and if they have tassels which can prove hazardous to the baby if torn.
- If your baby is a little sensitive, they shall feel a little more effect of the weather so always use an extra layer of clothes over them
- Dressing up babies is a tricky job, they tend to hate the dressing process and strongly protest against the pushing of hands and legs into the garment. Play around with them and make it a happy process for them to go the dressing unnoticed.
- Trendier and worked clothes look good but may not suit your baby sometimes, and so choose the clothes that are comfortable for your baby.
- Use easy to wear, easy to take off clothes for the baby.