The prospect of getting those little newborn arms and legs into clothes can be daunting. But itll become easier with time which youll have plenty of just be gentle and patient until you both get the hang of it.
Warm and cosy
Your baby is very likely to cry as you take off her clothes as she doesnt like the cold and prefers to feel snug and secure. Try not to get flustered, just keep your movements quick and smooth; talk and reassure her in a soothing voice, and keep the room warm.
Newborns heads are floppy, so you might find it easiest laying her on a non-slip surface, such as a changing mat. You could rest her head on your hand, but its useful to have both hands free.
Scrunch the vest up and stretch the neck as wide as possible, so that you can ease it over her head in one go, avoiding her face. You may feel all fingers and thumbs at first, but youll pick it up pretty quickly. Encourage your husband to help so that you both get the hang of it.
Its basically the same principal for the arms. Widen one sleeve or armhole as much as possible, concertina up the sleeve and ease your babys arm through. Do exactly the same with her other arm.
Lay your baby on the open sleepsuit. Gather up each sleeve and guide her fists through. Open up each leg and gently guide her feet into the suit. Finally, do up the fastenings.
Undo the fasteners and gently lift your babys legs out. Grasp each sleeve by the cuff and gently slide your babys hand out, and then remove the sleepsuit from underneath her. If shes wearing a vest, unfasten the poppers between the legs and slide it up her chest. Gently pull her arms out of the sleeves. Spread the neck wide open and lift the vest over your babys head, keeping it clear of her face.
How many layers does your baby need?
Cute baby clothes are tempting but, in the early days, babies tend to live in vests and sleepsuits, so save your money for later.
Buy around five all-in-one sleepsuits the more you have, the less washing youll have to
In the summer months, a sleepsuit alone is fine, but when its cooler, layer up with a vest, too also known as a body suit. Vests can also be worn alone if its very hot, and rompers (footless sleepsuits) are also useful in warm weather.
Youll also need a cardigan, plus a coat and hat for cold days.
Remember that young babies can easily get too hot or cold, so be prepared to add or take off layers depending on the temperature.
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How to top and tail your baby
How to look after newborn skin
Start a routine for your baby
Your baby's first feed