Dressing Your Baby
By Julianne Deveraux
Some babies are wigglers, some go totally limp, and others cry. When
dressing your baby, one thing is for sure: Babies aren't very
interested in the whole process! So if just getting a T-shirt on your
child seems to take superhuman skills, relax. Once you've dressed your
baby a few times, the whole process will become second nature.
Tips for a quick change of clothes
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- Be prepared. Set out your baby's clothes on the changing table or bed before you begin.
- Be cautious. Never leave your baby unattended on a changing
table or bed -- even if she's never rolled over before and even if
she's strapped on.
- Look for easy-to-dress clothes. Buy clothes that have large head openings and are made of stretchy fabrics.
- Stretch the clothes, not the baby. Stretch the neck opening in
the garment before you try to place it over your baby's head. For
example, put a shirt on your baby by stretching the neck opening over
the back of her head first, and then down over her face. Reach into
sleeves and pull her hands through rather than pushing her arms
through. And be careful not to bend her fingers and toes the wrong way.
Remove the shirt by gently taking her arms out one at a time and then
lifting the shirt over her face.
- Be well grounded. Always dress your baby on a sturdy, flat
surface like a changing table, the floor, or a bed. Never attempt to
change your baby's clothes while you're riding in a car, even if you're
in the back seat. For safety's sake, secure your baby in a car seat
whenever the car is in motion.
- Don't overdress. Babies can become overheated if they wear too
much clothing. Here's a good rule: Dress your baby with the same amount
of clothing you're wearing plus one additional thin layer.
these special one-on-one moments with your baby. When it's time to
change clothes, it's time for nurturing, too. Sing songs, make funny
noises, keep up a cheerful banter, and maintain eye contact while you
slip your baby into something clean and dry. It may not seem like much
at the time, but every little interaction between you and your baby
contributes to her growth and development.
When you dress your
baby in a zippered garment, pull the opening away from her body when
you move the zipper up or down to avoid catching her skin. Be
especially careful near the folds of skin at her neck and chin.