5 Easy Tips for Dressing your Newborn Baby
Now that I’m a mother to a 2 year old daughter and a baby son, I’m pretty time-poor.
Mornings are, without a doubt, the most challenging time of my day and it can be a struggle to get myself cleaned up and dressed in something appropriate for the day, let alone get the two kids ready for action!
I remember being pregnant with my first baby and fantasising about the fun we’d share hitting the shops for cute, perfectly co-ordinating outfits, dressing them up to the nines and capturing their ‘model-like’ images in a family photo album.
Ahh, how naive I was!
In reality, I do most of my shopping online during a middle-of-the-night baby feed which generally results in a delivery of mismatched outfits in the wrong sizes. When I try to dress my two bundles of joy they squirm, cry, roll and run around to the point that buttons are either incorrectly done up straight-jacket-style or someone’s bum is hanging out.
The 2 year old prefers to be at one with nature, sans clothes, these days.
When it comes to having a photo taken, unless I bribe her with a jelly baby she refuses to keep still at all, let alone smile and show her best angle. (All angles are adorable of course).
Nevertheless, I still do enjoy the whole experience and over the last couple of years, I’ve come up with a few ways to make my life easier in dressing babies that isn’t too unbearable for them too. So here are my 5 easy tips for dressing your newborn baby:
1. Keep it Simple
When your baby has unleashed a poopsplosion and you’re crammed into a Baby Changing room, you want to get them changed and be out of there as fast as possible. You do not want to be fussing around with too many buttons, bows and layers, regardless of how pretty they might look.
This actually happened to me at Miss M’s first vaccinations – it was our first trip to the family doctors too and I was so keen that we both looked presentable and ‘in control’. And we did too, both quite fancy really – until we literally got to the door to the surgery when she pooped through 3 layers and spat her breakfast all down my top. You live and learn.
I’d recommend keeping outfits with numerous layers for special occasions only and certainly in the first 3 months sticking with onesies or two pieces where you can easily change a nappy without having to entirely undress your squirming mini.
Most babies also HATE clothing being pulled over their heads so I make sure now that necklines are stretchy enough to easily pull up and down.
Kerry from Oh So Amelia has the right idea – “Did you know that you can roll down the onesie over the shoulders instead of pulling it up over babies head? Gone are the days of nasty poo explosions which end up in babies’ hair, all over the floor, yep you get the picture….everywhere! Persil Non Bio and Comfort Pure are perfect for getting clothes clean, so a controlled mess is definitely something to aspire to!”
2. Go for Front Fasteners
Do not be tempted to buy anything that fastens at the back before the baby can sit up unassisted. Whilst ‘tummy time’ is essential for the baby’s physical development, testing it while getting them dressed isn’t the best idea and will result in tears and stress for all!
Go for poppers, buttons or zips that fasten on the front or under the bum so your baby can lie on their back and gaze at you while you’re doing them up.
3. Invest in Dribble Bibs
And I mean MANY dribble bibs! They’re worn snugly underneath baby’s chin and catch the constant drool/spit up they deposit in the first few months and teething stages.
Dribble Bibs are great practically for keeping baby’s clothes free from excess drool and in turn their skin won’t be irritated and they can also make a fairly simple outfit a little more stylish and quirky too!
4. Buy Basics in Bulk
For basic items like vests, onesies and socks, buy them in a neutral colour and buy in multi-packs. Until the age of 2, and probably beyond, you’ll go through these so rapidly each day. Especially in the early days of constant poonamis and spit-ups.
I wouldn’t recommend spending a fortune on these kind of basic items because you’ll end up losing so many and stains ruining them and they’re pretty much always hidden under other clothing anyway so as long as they’re cotton, they need not be expensive or fussy.
Hannah from Make Do and Push adds “The most expensive (and whitest) outfit is the one most likely to be on the receiving end of an explosive nappy. Fact.”
5. Don’t ‘over buy’
Try your best not to splurge on too many new clothes before your baby arrives. You won’t know their actual size until they’ve literally ‘shown their face’ and might end up with a wardrobe full of items that are too small. Perhaps buy a few key items in size Newborn and 0-3 Months but keep the receipts until the baby is born on as many as possible in case you need to exchange the sizes when the baby arrives.
Gill from A Baby on Board says “Everyone told me not to bother with new-born sized baby clothes as babies grow out of them so quickly, so I only bought for 0-3 months. Turns out that despite being an average weight both my babies were TINY and even new-born babygros were huge.”
You won’t want to hit the shops yourself in the first few days (week, months….maybe!) after you’ve had your baby but many stores offer Free and Next Day delivery now so you need not worry about having your baby’s complete first wardrobe on the first day you bring them home.
These are my tips on making dressing your new baby a bit more bearable. Do you have any tips to add?
Any clothing disasters to share? Or have you been gifted an outfit that you have hated? I’d love to hear about your tips and experiences too!
This post was sponsored by Persil – all opinions in this post are those of Mim’s and not Persil.
Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure support mums by helping make sure clothes are soft, clean and comforting. Whilst they can’t help do the chores or juggle challenging routines, they can reassure mums – as both brands are skin kind, dermatologically tested, and have skincare research recognised by the British Skin Foundation. Used together they give fresh, pure results gentle enough for even delicate skins.”
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