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  • How to Dress a Baby. Dressing a baby is a piece of cakethat is, after youve mastered a few tricks

  • for maneuvering her head and limbs through those tiny neck and arm and leg holes.

  • You will need: a baby in need of dressing, a soft, safe surface to dress her on and

  • the clothes you want to dress her in. Step 1. Decide what the baby should wear

  • based on the same factors you use to decide for yourselfthe temperature, the time of day, and the activities you have planned.

  • In general, babies should wear one more layer than you do. So, if it's a warm day, and

  • you're comfortable and say just shorts and jeans, your baby should be fine in a T-shirt, pants, and a light sweater.

  • For comfort’s sake, choose soft cotton clothes and avoid anything with buttons or

  • appliqués that could come loose, ribbons or strings that could wrap around limbs or necks,

  • and rough inside seams that could scratch baby’s skin. Step 2. Lie the baby down on a safe surface,

  • such as the bed or a blanket on the floor. Changing tables generally aren’t

  • roomy enough to dress a baby safely and easily. Step 3. Change your baby’s diaper first, if need be.

  • Talk, sing, and play with the baby as you dress her to make it fun for both of you.

  • And don’t forget to give her a big raspberry on the belly at every opportunity.

  • Step 4. If youll be out and about, choose a one-piece outfit that snaps or zips up the front from ankle to neck

  • theyre easiest to put on and take off for diaper changes.

  • Lay the outfit out and place your baby on top of it. Slip her feet through the leg holes or into the feet if it footy style.

  • Pull her arms gently through the sleeves, bunching them up if they are long, and snap or zipper her in.

  • Step 5. If youre opting for a two-piece outfit, put on the top first. Choose tops that will go easily over your baby’s head.

  • A stretchy neck or snaps or buttons on the shoulders work well.

  • If it’s a snap-top, simply lay the shirt open on the surface and lay the baby face up on top of it.

  • Slip one arm into a sleeve at a time and snap the shirt closed.

  • A kimono-style t-shirt with snaps on the side is best for infants, especially if their belly button hasn’t yet healed.

  • A tee that snaps at the crotch, like a onesie, is best for older, more active babies

  • itll stay tucked in. Step 6. If the top is not a snap-on,

  • use both hands to stretch the neck of the t-shirt as wide as possible, then slip it over her head.

  • To get her arms through the sleeves, reach into the sleeves, grab her hand, and pull it through.

  • Lift her body slightly with one hand to pull the body of the shirt down so that you can snap it.

  • Step 7. Now put on the bottoms. Avoid bottoms that have to be zippered or buttoned;

  • elastic-waist pants are ideal. Bunch up one leg at a time, reach in, and pull your baby’s foot through.

  • Then lift her hips slightly with one hand while you tug the pants up and over her diaper.

  • Step 8. If her feet are bare, slip on socks.

  • Choose stretchy ones with a roll-down cuff; theyll stay on better.

  • Booties with elasticized ankles are also more likely stay on. Avoid patterned socks with loose strings inside

  • these could get tangled around those tiny toes. Step 9. Now pop a hat on her head, and any

  • other extra layers she may need, and let her know what a fashionable little baby she is.

  • Did you know ? During the 1600s, American babies were generally dressed in so much clothing

  • wrapped so tightly that they were usually immobilized from head to toe.

How to Dress a Baby. Dressing a baby is a piece of cakethat is, after youve mastered a few tricks

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    Pedroli Li posted on 2016/03/12
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