A bit of a daft question about newborns. mum's help please!

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Hats and mittens when they sleep? Huh? You really don’t need these unless you go outside in the cold.

Newborns live in footie pajamas. Morning, noon and night!

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

DS lived in fleece zip-up sleeping gowns. Best things ever. I tried to put knit caps on him, but he wasn’t having any of that. And the mittens to prevent him from scratching himself really made him angry.

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by  lovekiss.
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

I was taught to dress a baby with one more layer than an adult would dress. You don’t always have to put on mittens and hats unless its super cold in your house, or you’re taking them outside (where it’s cold). If you keep your house at a comfortable temp for you, just make sure the baby has a little more cover than you do. The most important time to worry about babies temp is the first few weeks after birth. That is when they have the most trouble regulating their temp. Definitey keep them covered (long sleeves, socks, hat) in the first week or two. Feel their feet…are they cold? put socks on them. You will probably have them cuddled up with you a lot at first too. Your body heat will go a long way toward keeping them at a stable temp. Go with your gut. If you’re in doubt, always err on the side of too much bundling. Are they sweaty?…too much bundling. I hope that helps.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

nearly-mrs-R:  You can use mittens if you need them, they are just to prevent baby from scratching their face.  So if you can clip or file their nails down you don’t really need mittens.  Hats are good to keep the body heat in right after baby is born (like the first day or two) but (assuming your house isn’t ridiculously cold) most normal infants do not need to wear hats around the house.  Around the house I don’t think they need mittens or hats unless mittens are used to prevent face-scratching.  Obviously going out into cold weather you would want a hat!

You can put proper outfits on them or onesies, whatever you want really.  I will say, it’s definitely easier to do onesies or sleep and plays because they tend to go on easier than pants or other complicated outfits. But that’s really just a personal preference. 

When is the baby due?  Mine was born in April and we had her in sleep and plays for maybe the first 2-3 weeks and after that she lived in onesies, sunsuits (like a basic onesie but with extras), and sundresses.  Sleep and plays (long sleeves and pants) were useless during the summer months for me.  I didn’t use a sleep and play at all until recently (she is 7 mo) because only now is it getting cold out.  If I had a baby born in December I probably would have let my baby live in sleep and plays for months!  While it’s important to keep the baby warm, you also do not want to overheat a baby as overheated babies have an increased SIDS risk.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

nearly-mrs-R:  Sunsuits are basically a onesie, with some extra decor.  Not sure if they have them for boys though…?

sleep and play are just a once piece pajama type thing, with either snaps or zippers

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

nearly-mrs-R:  My newborn only wore a hat when we went outside, and sometimes not even then (he was born in the summer, but we do live in Alaska so not a hot summer). What is better than the little mittens is the suit or shirt with the fold over hand covers, it keeps them from scratching themselves. We always swaddled our baby in a blanket or SwaddleMe (wth velcro, it is awesome) at night, otherwise the startle relflex woke him up.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2050

ExcitedScaredBee:  Hats are advised because newborns can’t regulate their temperature yet. Most heat is lost through the head so a lot of people put hats on newborns even indoors, unless the room is really warm. The mittens are to keep them from scratching their face. I used them for both my kids. They aren’t needed if the baby doesn’t flail around like mine did, or if the parents aren’t as terrified of trimming baby nails as I was.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2050

Yes, special little nail clippers. They’re adorable, but still scary.  

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

nearly-mrs-R:  Baby nail clippers/scissors work great once the infant is a bit bigger, but for me…newborns fingers are very tiny and I couldn’t see where the nail began or ended.  I just used a regular nail file until she was bigger.  Easy to do when baby is napping on someone.  I think it is actually harder to trim my 7mo old nails because she pulls her hands away from me or tries to grab the scissors haha.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

nearly-mrs-R:  They make little clippers just for babies (even walmart has them) as well as little people emery boards and it’s a really good idea because- at least for mine- he loved to scrub and scratch at his eye/face so having the longer nails would have done even more damage. But the alternative is the little mittens or baby socks to cover their hands. 

Mine just lived mainly onesies and coveralls in winter appropriate fabrics with blankets on top. I would have used the same outfits but different lighter fabrics if he had been born in the warmer months. Changing diapers every five minutes (it felt like) out of a full on outfit would have been a nightmare. Adorable, but not practical for more than a special occasion (baby photos, party, etc). Plus, mine hated being swaddled but loved still having that covered feelings so footie pjs were perfect. 

I would definitely suggest that all clothes have a full snap away bottom area for easy diaper changing and clean up though. 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree with the PP who said to use one layer more than you would for an adult. That is what I did with my babies.

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