Baby clothes are obviously adorable, so it is so challenging for moms that almost as soon as they learn they struggle to avoid overflowing their little wardrobes.
Most new moms are looking forward to dressing their newborns when they arrive. We all have their “going home” costumes and choose the costume that their baby wears during their first photo shoot. Some have even made serious efforts to make sure their newborns are perfectly designed for pediatric appointments.
Yes, it can be pretty fun to dress a baby. Often, though, moms are so caught up to ensure their new babies are dressed to impress that when they dress their children they make tragic mistakes.
What kind of mistakes will mothers make when they dress up? After all, it seems like a pretty simple mission. Choose a piece of equipment and position it on the baby. While it may not be so easy to dress a child, moms should take care of certain essential things to ensure that their babies are dressed as safely as possible.
Here’s a look at 15 mistakes moms can make when dressing up their newborn children.
#1. Putting Too Many Layers
It can be difficult to tell whether a child is warm enough. That’s why plenty of moms stack their newborns in the layers-a one-sided, a jumper, coveralls, and then blankets. Through putting a bunch of clothes, moms feel they protect their kids from the cold. And if your babies sound too dry, they can just peel off one or two layers. It tends to be the perfect solution.
And, while it might seem like a good thing to cover a baby in a bunch of layers, it can actually be quite risky. Why? Why? This can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which leads to the accidental death of a child. All of these layers can contribute to suffocation because a layer can potentially move up the mouth and nose of the newborn. It can also lead to overheating, which is a risk factor associated with SIDs.
#2. Usage Of The Wrong Detergent
While we’re dealing with washing clothes, another error that moms make to dress their newborns wash their clothes in the wrong detergent.
How can a newborn detergent possibly be right or wrong? Isn’t your soap perfectly safe for a child to clean your own clothes? Believe it or not, no response-at least if you have perfumes and dyes in your detergent. Whilst lavender-scented detergent or fabric softeners (or any other scent) that smell heavenly and seem like a good baby’s choice, it can irritate the sensitive skin of a newborn. Rather than choose a perfumed detergent, choose a solution that is dyes and perfumes safe. There are several detergents specially made for babies who use the purest possible ingredients.
#3. Purchasing Large Sizes
Most moms are tempted to give up clothes in the newborn and to buy clothing that is a few bigger sizes instead. The reasoning appears comprehensible. Newborns grow at an alarming rate and they spill their clothes in the blink of an eye. So make sure that money is not spent on clothes that will only be worn once, moms could choose to buy larger sizes.
While this may seem like a smart idea, it may actually be dangerous to dress a baby in over-size clothes. The explanation is that oversized clothes are baggy and baggy clothing will easily work up and over your child’s nose and mouth, which can increase the risk of suffocation. Even if the baby fits in this newborn or only 0-3 months of clothing a week, it is not worth putting it in over-sized clothes.
#4. Leaving Hands Uncovered
Forgetting to hide such small hands is another mistake moms make while dressing their newborns.
You likely saw these little gloves just for babies or purchased some clothes with flaps on their arms that can be folded over the hands of the child. Such stuff may seem to serve no purpose, particularly when it’s cold. Why would a newborn have to have his hands covered if the temperature is warm? Look at those little nails. Take a look. It’s as sharp as daggers! You might have had a run-in or two with your fingernails–and they probably hurt! This is why it is important to cover the hands of your newborn. Your child will knit his own skin with the super sharp nails that can cause painful cuts and scrapes.
#5. Not Covering The Head
As newborn infants go to their parents, they are usually wrapped in a blanket (swaddled) and placing sweet little hats on their heads. Swaddling soothes newborns, as it keeps them warm and imitates the illusion that they are in their womb. Hats are also important because they help maintain the heat in the body.
Newborn children lose most of their body heat through their ears, which is why they usually wear caps. Nevertheless, mothers still make the mistake of failing to cover their newborns with their hands. Although a hat may not always be needed, it’s a good idea to put one on your newborn, particularly if you are outside, if you’re in an air-conditioned room, or if it feels a little hot. You shield their bald little heads from sunburn, so if you’re out there cover your little one’s face. Hats do more than keep newborns dry.
#6. Not Cutting Tags
How irritating is it if you wear a shirt with a tall, ancient and itchy tag on your collar? It’s itchy, distracting and clearly unpleasant. You can’t stop scratching until a pair of scissors are finally taken and cut.
Newborns have the same sensation of heavy, itchy, annoying labels. However, unlike you, they can’t reach or use their words to tell you they’re annoying. Heck, newborns don’t even realize that it’s a mark that makes them uncomfortable. If they’re annoyed by an itchy mark, they sob unceasingly before mom gets rid of it. The last thing you want to do is to cause unnecessary pain and discomfort for your child, so make sure you first check your garments and get rid of any labels. Even better; choose clothes that are tagless.
#7. Feet Is Exposed
Those little baby socks and boots are lovely until they’re washed. Each time you pull the laundry out, you have several socks left that have missed your friend. It looks like every time you wear a lot of babywear, a sock monster is hiding in your washer or dryer. Furthermore, placing those socks and booties only on the newborn can be a royal pain. While newborns can not walk, crawl or rollover, they always seem to be kicking off their socks.
Most moms tend to forget them in order to avoid losing socks or booties. While it may not seem like those small bits of fabric that cover their feet do a lot, they are actually very important. Babies loose most of their body heat, including their feet, through their extremities. Such tiny socks and boots help them keep their body warm so that they can avoid getting too cold. If you have lost socks and boots, dress your kid in something that has foot protection, such as a covering or a sleeper.
#8. Washing Of New Clothing
Newborns might be small, but piles of clothes go through them. It can be difficult to keep up with all of this washing, and when a baby needs to be changed, most mothers reach to put on brand new robes with the labels. What’s the harm, okay? Adults wear new clothes first and forever without drying them. The thing is that newborns have very sensitive skin. You may not know, but clothing is exposed to a great deal of dirt, dust and other materials that could potentially irritate your body.
Remember how many more people have seen the clothes until your newborn has even used them-they’re made, delivered, picked up and shown, other customers touched them when shopping, sales partners touch them, etc. While new clothing may seem clean with so much handling, it’s really anything but that. That’s why it’s a good idea to get used to washing the clothing of your newborn before dressing it up.
#9. Purchasing Small Clothes
Just as dressing a newborn in too big clothes can be dangerous, dressing them in too small clothes is dangerous. Babies are rising at an extraordinary pace. Pajamas footed in perfect shape yesterday may be too snug today. It is critical for moms to be careful about how their little clothes fit. Just as it is uncomfortable to wear tightly matching clothes, it is also uncomfortable for your baby.
Therefore, there is a risk of baby constriction and probably a decrease in circulation. Let’s say you put your little one in a one-size-fits-all too close to his feet. This tight fit could potentially cut the circulation of his feet, creating a number of problems. However, fitting clothing can also irritate the sensitive skin of your newborn.
#10. Checking Out Hands-Me-Down
Babies have been costing a lot of money. Actually, how much money it costs is pretty insane, and clothing is one of the greatest expenses. This is why so many moms welcome me-downs. If friends and family members who have had babies give their little one’s clothes outgrown, moms rejoice in a newborn! It’s a great way to save money.
Furthermore, while hand-me-downs are good, before dressing your newborn, it’s important to inspect them. You might have holes, so not only could your baby get cold, you might have a thumb, a toe or a foot caught in the holes (depending on the size). Some broken threads might also be a threat. Loose threads could be twisted to cut off movement between their delicate fingers and toes. To avoid problems, check the hand-me-downs (and wash them!) before you put them on your newborn.
#11. Irritating Materials
Much newborn clothing is super soft. Actually it is comfortable that you may want to use the same fabrics for adult clothes.
And, while a lot of baby clothes are made from soft materials, they are not everything. It can be quite annoying to dress your child in anything that does not feel soft to the touch. Think of any dress you wore that you find scratchy and itchy. Wool may be one of the most common culprits. Nothing, like polyester, is mainly made from synthetic materials. Now think about dressing your baby in these scratchy clothes and imagine how he will feel? If it disturbs your body, it will disrupt your skin even more. Newborn skin extremely textures sensitive and is, therefore, the best choice for the baby for clothing made of natural, comfortable and breathable materials.
#12. Materials That Retain Moisture
Moms should not only avoid scratchy materials for collecting their newborn clothes but also avoid materials that keep moisture, such as terry clothes.
Why are newborn fabrics that hold low moisture? Okay, like children, sweat for newborns. They wear clothes, and if you haven’t experienced a blow-out cloth yet, you will soon experience one. If a baby’s moisture–be it sweat or something from a diaper–gets trapped in his clothing, his skin may quickly become irritated. Furthermore, wet clothes seem to get pretty chilly quick. Think of how you feel after a workout when you sweat and a rush of cold air hits you. You get a chill immediately, right? Okay, the newborn can do the same thing. Nevertheless, wearing wet clothes is obviously painful for anyone, even children.
#13. Not Enough Layers
While the overbuilding and dressing of the newborn can be risky in too many fabrics, the clothes are skimping as well. Most new mothers are making the mistake of unclothing their children.
Because young borns are champions in dirty laundry, a mother may think she’s saving her from a mountain of laundry, missing her clothes and allowing her little one just to hang out in a cleaning wall. This technique isn’t really the best. Newborns can get cold easily even in warm weather. It is difficult for them to control their temperature, which means they are more vulnerable to chills even in warm weather. Make sure your child is always dressed in some kind of clothing.
#14. Frilly Clothes
There’s no denying that a baby’s scams are just beyond adorable. So many manufacturers of baby clothes produce shirts, skirts, and gowns lined with frills. Heck, you can even find dolls coated in frills.
While frills may be lovely, too many can be dangerous for a newborn child. The explanation for Frills appears to be loose, which means that, if you’re close to the baby’s face, you can actually cover the nose and mouth of the baby and suffocate them. That does not mean you should not give up frills; just make sure this you select options that are not too big and have frills sewn down. It may sound too cautious, but when it comes to newborns, nobody is too careful.
#15. High Collars
Just as frills can be dangerous to a newborn, high collar can be dangerous. It might seem like a high collar on a one-sie or cover is a great way to make sure your child is nice and warm, but collars too high could present a real danger.
Although frills and over-dimensional clothing can increase the risk of suffocation and lead to SIDS, high collars can also lead to strangulation and SIDS. These necks can easily be wrapped around a newborn’s neck, especially when he sleeps, and his air supply can be cut off. In addition, if the collar is loose or the clothes too big, the collar can slip over the mouth and nose of the baby, which could cause suffocation.