Since the amniotic fluid surrounding an unborn baby is warm, parents must make sure to provide a similar environment for the baby when he or she eventually crosses over to the outside world. Therefore, parents must be careful when choosing what clothing to put on their babies based on the environment outside, the level of comfort, as well as what's in fashion (if they care).
The main areas of concern, which many new moms overlook, include a baby's head, arms, and feet—which should remain warm even when dressing the baby—to prevent the baby from feeling uncomfortably cold. Therefore, even when the caregiver is undressing the baby during a diaper change or when he or she wants to bathe the baby, they should make sure to keep the baby warm at all times.
Since a baby’s skin is so sensitive, it needs to be treated with the utmost care. Therefore, it is a good idea to clothe them with clothes made of soft materials, such as cotton, which will not irritate them. Furthermore, baby clothing should also be fitting and not have any fancy decorations that could tempt babies to put such in their mouths or interfere with their comfort.
Moms should be keen on what they dress their babies in and avoid all of these baby-dressing no-nos that new moms are often guilty of.
20 Putting On Too Many Layers
New moms sometimes are guilty of not knowing when their babies are feeling too warm, in an attempt to keep out the cold. Since it is not obvious that a baby is warm, moms should always feel their baby’s chest, back, and neck with their hands to make sure that they are at a comfortable temperature.
According to Mayo Clinic, babies have a less developed ability to regulate their internal temperature making them more susceptible to overheating than adults. When babies are too warm they become restless, uncomfortable, grumpy, and can develop heat rashes. An even more serious concern is that overheating increases the risk of SIDS.
19 Not Washing New Clothes First
This is not something most moms do, but it is actually a no-no for babies to wear unwashed clothes. BabyCenter points out that, washing clothes before the baby wears them for the first time removes any substances or dust that may irritate their delicate skin.
According to Live About, most baby clothes are sprayed with chemicals to preserve their fresh look and before they are bought, they are usually stored in large warehouses where they come into contact with dust and pests, hence why it is important to wash them thoroughly before they are worn. Washing clothes makes them soft and better on the baby’s skin.
18 Clothes That Retain Heat And Moisture
There are baby clothes that are soft and comfortable but retain a lot of heat and do not absorb moisture, like those made from terrycloth fabric. Such clothes are a no-no for babies. Just like adults, babies sweat a lot and fabrics that retain moisture can make them really uncomfortable.
There are those days when babies have small accidents and their diapers are not able to hold everything in. When any leakages get trapped in their clothing, it can easily irritate their skin. According to BabyCenter, the moisture that is trapped on a baby’s clothes also makes the baby chilly.
17 Not Inspecting Hand-Me-Downs
Baby clothes can be expensive and some moms do not mind hand-me-downs. Hand-me-downs are baby clothes that have been worn before by either other siblings or babies of close family members but are still in good condition. What most new moms are guilty of is not inspecting these clothes when they are handed to them.
According to Live About, moms need to check the clothes for loose buttons, holes, long strings, zipper pulls that are detachable and any other thing that could be chewed or pulled off. Loose strings or threads could wrap around the babies’ tiny toes and cut off circulation. Therefore, moms should check for such hazards and repair before washing and using them.
16 Keeping Baby Undressed For Too Long After Baths
Sometimes new moms are usually guilty of keeping their babies undressed for too long while looking for fresh clothes after showering them. This is an absolute no-no especially if it is cool in the room. Newborns do not have enough meat on their bones and can get cold easily, according to Today's Parent.
Moms should ensure that they pick out clean clothes, diapers and any other essentials they will need for the baby before they start the bathing them. This avoids leaving them undressed and also unattended to. Newborns lose heat rapidly so, depending on how cold it is, moms can wrap them in a dry, warm blanket as they pick other things.
15 Not Holding The Baby Properly While Dressing Him Up
Holding and dressing a baby is a skill that new moms have to learn. Newborn clothes are tiny and dressing a baby can be incredibly challenging. According to Everyday Family, babies are delicate but strong and have reflexes, which means they can throw themselves as they are being put on clothes. Therefore, moms should lay the baby down so that both of her hands are free to do all the work.
They should also support their babies head and neck when dressing them. When dressing their upper bodies, moms should gather the entire top and carefully place it over their head. They will also need to guide their arms through each sleeve, and likewise for the legs. If any of their clothes need to be fastened at the back, mom should gently turn the baby on to her tummy or sit her up with support.
14 Clothes With Added Accessories
Baby clothes manufacturers have found ways to make their clothes look even cuter by adding designs and accessories that will entice moms. A lot of these clothes may be covered with ruffles which are adorable but also dangerous for a baby. If the ruffles are placed in sections near the baby’s face area, they can easily lead to complications.
Some clothes will also come accessorized with snaps and zippers, which can be uncomfortable if placed on the wrong spots. As claimed by Everyday Family, snaps should ideally be on the leg and crotch area, clothes with back snaps or buttons are hard to manage because you have to keep turning the baby.
13 Washing Baby Clothes With Scented Detergent
Washing baby clothes with scented harsh detergents is an absolute no-no, which some new moms are guilty of. Some of these detergents are likely to leave flakes on the clothing that can irritate the baby’s skin as noted by BabyCenter. In such cases, moms can opt for liquid detergents as they rinse out better.
If the baby’s skin is irritated by liquid soaps, moms should switch to detergents that are baby-friendly, these kinds are specifically formulated for their sensitive skin. Thoroughly rinsing clothes also helps remove all traces of soap. Although allergies to washing detergents are rare, they still occasionally occur.
12 Clothes That Are Not Easy To Wear
When soon-to-be moms are shopping for their babies’ clothes, they will be attracted to those tiny little jeans or admire complicated outfits but when they finally have their babies and have to dress them several times in a day, they will soon discover that the less complicated an outfit is the easier their lives are going to be.
According to Everyday Family, babies feed several times a day, burp, pee, and have bowels movements. They may require a few outfit changes and if mom takes too long to change them, the baby can get frustrated. Therefore, moms should dress their little ones in simple attires like onesies and rompers that are easy to slip in and out.
11 Clothes That Are Tight Around The Neck
How adorable do babies look when they have on high collars and bow ties? A lot of baby clothes may look cute on them but realistically, such clothes are not safe for babies to wear. Clothes like scarfs, bow ties, and high collars that are tight around the neck are an absolute no-no. Moms should also avoid clothes that have cords or ties.
While new moms may think high collared clothing shields the baby from cold, such clothes have the potential of causing serious complications, such as SIDS, as stated by BabyCenter. If a baby sleeps in them, they can cut off his or her air supply and therefore should be avoided at all cost.
10 Swaddling Their Face
During the first weeks of life, babies spend a lot of time wrapped in a swaddling blanket. Swaddling keeps them warm and the tightness of the swaddle cloth reminds them of the time they were in the womb. However, swaddling the baby up to their heads and faces is a no-no.
Babies can face difficulties breathing properly when their faces come into contact with fabrics like blankets because they are not able to move them away from their noses.
According to Healthy Children, when swaddling, moms should ensure that the blanket is not too tight and that the baby can still move his or her hips and legs. The cloth should also not go above the neck.
9 Forgetting To Cover Their Heads
When babies are born, they come out of a warm environment into one that can be downright chilly. According to BabyCenter, babies lose a lot of heat very quickly through their heads. This is why nurses cover their tiny heads immediately after birth.
New moms are mostly guilty of leaving their little ones’ heads uncovered. It is important to cover their head with a cap or hat especially on those cold days. Once the baby is past the newborn stage, hats may not be necessary, all the time. However, while outside during the day, hats are essential for protecting their heads from sunburns and a lot of wind.
8 Underdressing Is Also A Thing
While overdressing can be dangerous, it is an absolute no-no to underdress babies as well. Many new moms are especially guilty of this. Babies can have up to five outfit changes in a day. So, in order to skip out on all that laundry work, some moms may opt to leave the little one with a diaper and a vest or onesie.
Even when it is too warm, babies can quickly get cold. When it becomes chilly their body temperature shows no sign of adapting nor do they show any signs of shivering. Their hands, feet, and chest become cold. As stated by My Child Magazine, when babies are unable to feel warm for long periods, they go to the next stage of chilliness known as Neonatal Cold Syndrome, which requires urgent medical attention.
7 Not Cutting Tags Or Labels
New moms are mostly guilty of leaving tags and labels. They may not know that just like with adults, clothes with tags or labels can be itchy, annoying, and irritating on a baby’s skin. Some moms are aware of how uncomfortable tags can be so they might cut off the label but leave the sewn in edges, which are even more irritating to the child.
Babies can get irritated by tags but what is worse for them is that they are not able to scratch themselves or reach for a pair of scissors and cut the tag off. When cutting tags, moms should use a stitch ripper because a lot of tags are sewn on clothes. To avoid all this, moms should buy clothes that do not have tags and instead, have the size information printed on, according to BabyCenter.
6 Buying Oversized Clothing
Most new moms are guilty of buying bigger-sized clothing for their babies. They do this to save on money and ensure that the baby wears the clothes for a longer period. While their rational seems understandable especially because of how fast babies grow, it is not a good idea.
Dressing a baby in loose clothing can be dangerous. Baggy clothes—especially t-shirts, sweaters, and sleepwear—can easily move up and cover the baby’s face, which can result in the baby facing difficulties breathing, as stated by BabyCenter. Moms should always ensure they buy the right size of clothes, even if the baby will only fit into them for a week or two.
5 Dressing Babies In Super Small Clothes Is Just As Bad
Dressing a baby in clothes that are too small is an absolute no-no, as well. Babies spend a lot of time wearing footed onesies and because they mostly keep their legs folded, it might be tempting for moms to push on some small clothes until they cannot fit anymore.
T-shirts that are constantly rolling up over the belly button or bottoms that always leave a distinct mark across the baby’s belly are too small. According to Live About, small sized clothes can lead to skin irritation, digestive problems, and a fussy baby. Just like tightly-fitting clothing are uncomfortable on adults, they are also uncomfortable on the baby.
4 Leaving The Baby’s Tiny Hands Uncovered
New moms are often guilty of not covering their baby’s tiny hands. There are many reasons why moms should ensure their babies’ hands are covered especially those first few months. According to Everyday Family, babies have a tendency of sucking their hands and fingers when hungry. They also do this to self soothe and covering prevents them from sucking.
Another reason for covering their hands with mittens or gloves is to prevent them from hurting themselves with their nails, little babies have surprisingly sharp fingernails. However, moms are encouraged to regularly trim their nails because they grow so fast. Lastly, covering their hands prevents the transfer of germs from people who cannot refrain from touching their hands.
3 Dressing The Baby Up Like An Adult
These days, some moms have a habit of dressing their babies up like adults, which is not as cool as one would think. This is not to say that it is wrong to dress them up so as to appear all sweet with matching outfits, it has all to do with how appropriate the baby appears in what should be adult-type clothing.
For example, The Sun back in 2016 published a story about a mom who was fond of posting pictures of her daughter online, which contributed to making her an IG superstar. However, many of her followers started claiming that she was maturing her baby just to gain more followers, which is not appropriate. The main reason for such accusations was the huge number of fashion outfits and swimwear images she had of her baby girl on her social media pages.
2 Picking Out Irritating Fabrics
Throughout the baby’s first year of life, their skin is delicate because the massive body barrier is still developing. Clothes that irritate the little one’s skin are an absolute no-no. While most baby clothes are made of soft fabrics, some look cute and adorable but their fabrics are not baby-friendly.
Moms should select clothes that are soft against their baby’s delicate skin such as those made from cotton and avoid nylon, polyester, and wool. Some fabrics may instantly feel soft but irritate the skin when worn for a longer period. As stated by Oilatum, hand-me-downs will be kinder on the baby’s skin than new clothes because they will have been washed several times.
Baby shoes are some of the most adorable baby items that are cute but are a no-no, partly because they are of no use. A baby does not need shoes until he or she learns how to walk. In fact, according to Pregnancy-Info, babies should stick to socks and booties to avoid interfering with the growth and development of the arch of their feet.
Moms who want their little ones to wear shoes are guaranteed to keep putting those shoes back on because babies tend to keep removing them. They also have to keep checking to see whether one shoe has dropped off. If a baby to wear shoes, moms should go for soft ones that have a wide top opening to avoid struggling to get the baby’s foot inside.
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