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Although you may be dreading the seemingly endless amounts of laundry that your new baby will demand, choosing the right sleepwear is an important part of keeping him comfortable and dry. The first few weeks (and sometimes the first few months) can be a bit of a learning curve when it comes to figuring out how to dress your baby for sleeping. There are so many choices, from soakers to sleepers and everything in between, that it can be overwhelming! We wanted to provide you with some helpful tips on how to choose these pieces for your little one, which we hope will make this process a little less confusing.
We thought about including some tutorials on how to sew these garments yourself, but ultimately decided against it because our expertise lies a bit more in reading about babies than actually creating them.
Look for sleepwear made with natural, breathable materials.
Because babies spend so much time sleeping, wearing, and napping in their sleepwear, it’s important to give them clothes that are comfortable. Napping is especially important because it helps babies grow, gain weight, and have healthy brain development. But if a baby doesn’t feel comfortable in their clothes or has constant rashes from synthetic fabrics next to their skin, they won’t nap well.
Clothing for babies should be made of natural fibers like cotton or linen. These fibers let the baby’s skin breathe while also being soft and sturdy enough to withstand their frequent washing (which will be necessary with how dirty those little ones get). Some synthetic materials are also fine as long as they aren’t too tight or scratchy; however, you should try to avoid them whenever possible so your baby can rest easy during his naps!
Choose the right size for your baby.
Putting your precious bundle in a brand-new outfit is a little slice of heaven. It’s also the opportunity to put them in clothes that will grow with them, while also covering their cute little tush.
What used to be a simple experience has now become a minefield of sizing, where you have to find the right balance between too tight and not tight enough.
Opt for comfortable pajamas.
Your baby is going to wear pajamas from the moment he leaves the hospital until you’re finally able to get him into a real suit for his first day of preschool. Choosing some that are comfortable and cute, but also practical, can make all the difference in the world for your baby’s development.
What’s right for babies’ sleepwear? The short answer: soft and stretchy cotton blends that are comfortable and wash well. These utilitarian pajamas should be easy to slip on and off, as they will be doing lots of changing with your baby throughout the night. Comfort is key because babies can’t tell you what they feel like; it’s up to you to ensure their needs are met. They don’t care if their PJs have a designer label; they just want them to keep them warm during those chilly winter nights! If a pair has buttons or bows, it might be tempting for babies to eat them—something you’ll want to avoid at all costs!
Womenswear fashion trends change every season, but not diapers or sleepwear. Babies need something functional and comfortable that isn’t too complicated or stressful on them or you. The best way to achieve these goals is by choosing simple clothes in soft materials like cotton blends that can be washed over and over again without losing shape or color (and ideally without shrinking either). Getting things that match isn’t important because babies won’t know or care what colors go together; as long as they’re comfy, they’ll do just fine! Choose ones with elastic around the feet so your little one doesn’t trip on excess fabric when trying to walk around, too!
Dress your baby in layers so that it’s easy to remove and add clothes as needed.
When it comes to dressing your growing baby, you have a lot of decisions to make. One of the most important, arguably, is what kind of sleepwear to choose. Most parents know that babies should wear pajamas or sleeper sets, but many don’t realize that they come in different materials and styles—and that each style has its advantages and disadvantages. Considering the potential benefits and drawbacks will help you figure out what is right for your baby’s style of sleeping, preferences, and needs.
Nowadays there are a lot more choices for parents than there were in the past—in fact, it’s almost overwhelming at times. Fortunately, this article will give you some helpful tips on how to choose cutest baby clothes outfits so that you can make an informed decision based on your child’s particular needs.
Skip the hats and socks.
What’s the point, then?
Short answer: Receive a gift that allows you to sleep soundly with your baby, and possibly grow more fond of him.
Long answer: A baby can have many overwhelming moments in his drooling life, but nothing will change his diaper faster than when he wakes up in the middle of the night crying for you. Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about your baby being cold all night long as babies are usually warm-blooded creatures and their bodies regulate temperature easily. However, it is important to pay attention to how your baby sleeps when choosing what kind of sleepwear to purchase for him.
Here are some basic guidelines on how babies should sleep (you can always learn more about infant sleep patterns from an expert):
- If your baby wears a hat or socks while sleeping at home or while traveling, avoid these items (they only serve as air conditioners that make babies hot). Babies born with fur may not be cold enough if they wear clothes made from materials such as wool or cotton; however, this is due to natural hair growth rather than lack of regulation. When buying clothing for babies, soft fabrics such as cotton and silk that allow heat and moisture transfer are best suited for babies who have sensitive skin.
- Babies can be hot during naps so try not to use blankets that cover their head too much because this may rise their body temperature by several degrees (around 4-5ºC). Also remember that bumpy surfaces tend to cause airflow turbulence which leads to higher body temperatures and sweat production as well as a feeling of discomfort in some children; it also limits blood flow which makes them feel dizzy. Baby slings also help regulate heat but still need careful consideration since there is no barrier against wind and drafts which can cause overheating if under constant movement; however, they offer excellent mobility options during travel where one cannot take advantage of air conditioning systems inside trains or taxis.
Make sure there are no small parts or loose strings that could cause your baby to choke or get stuck on something.
It’s important to keep your baby safe and free from danger. Here are some things to remember when choosing baby sleepwear:
Baby sleepwear should be comfortable, but also safe. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t any loose threads or small pieces that could cause your baby to choke or get stuck on something. This is especially important for those tiny toes! Also beware of any zippers or buttons that could potentially be a choking hazard if they came off and got lodged in your child’s throat.
When picking out sleepwear, consider the size of your child. While newborns may fit okay in 0-3 month clothing, that same outfit will probably be too big for them by the time they reach three months old. That goes double for older siblings—they may love helping dress their younger siblings, but don’t assume an infant’s sleepwear won’t fit even if it looks like it would fit them! If you do have a smaller sibling helping you pick out clothes, make sure they know not to touch anything dangerous… like cords!
If you’re looking for a gift for another parent expecting a new arrival, consider choosing something with sentimental value over something cute but useless. Maybe you were gifted one yourself as a newborn? Or maybe there’s something adorable in the store that reminds you of home? Giving someone else one of these types of gifts is meaningful because it shows how much you care about their child before they’re even born—it’s a thoughtful way to welcome them into the world!
Purchase sleepwear made specifically for babies.
When it comes to babies’ sleepwear, the stakes are definitely higher than with your standard flannel pajama. Newborns and infants rely on their parents for everything (and in some cases, even more than that), and that includes ensuring they have a gentle transition between waking up and falling asleep. As such, picking out what they should wear at bedtime is a big deal—you’re responsible not just for their comfort, but also for the quality of their sleep. In order to best help your child nod off, you need to first understand the distinction between baby sleepwear and adult sleepwear.
Who can blame you if you thought we were talking about adult sleepwear? After all, there are many items of clothing—like big t-shirts or comfy sweatpants—that look like child versions of our own night clothes. The truth is, though, adult sleepwear (most often referred to as loungewear) differs from baby sleepwear in a few ways that make it well-suited for grown adults but not so much for babies:
- Adult loungewear tends to be less snug than baby sleepwear because grown adults tend not to move around as much while they’re sleeping; babies do
- Baby sleepwear is frequently made of softer material due to its role in promoting comfort when little ones fall asleep; adults want something more durable and easier-to-wash
- Adult loungewear tends to be loose enough that it doesn’t restrict movement; baby wear has specific needs in both flexibility and stretchiness
The right clothing can make a big difference to your baby’s sleep!
When it’s time for your baby to sleep—which, let’s be honest, can last anywhere from 10 minutes to 10 hours at a time—the right clothing can make all the difference. Babies’ sleepwear is designed with special features to keep them comfortable and safe for their entire rest period. Since babies spend around 16 hours sleeping each day, that’s a lot of time in clothes!
To ensure your baby gets the most out of their wardrobe, you need to put as much thought into their pajamas as you would any other piece of clothing you’d pick out for yourself. Choosing the right material, fit, and quantity will help your baby sleep better. And no matter what kind of sleeper they are (more on that later), we guarantee they’ll get more use out of clothes they like wearing!
These tips will help you find sleepwear that is comfortable and safe for babies, as well as the right size, shapes and fabrics.
First, it’s important to know what your baby sleeps in at night. These are the most common sleepwear options:
- Gap brand onesies (white or light blue)
- Gap brand long sleeve onesies (dark blue)
- Babies’ overalls (light blue with navy stripes)
- Sleep sacks (pink with white polka dots)