• Print Print
  • Share
  • Text Size: A | A | A

Swaddling and Dressing

Wrapping your newborn securely can make him or her feel safe and relaxed. A wrapped infant is also easier to lift and carry. To swaddle, wrap your baby snugly in a soft blanket with the edge tucked under smoothly.

Infants grow quickly. You need not purchase many clothes in the smallest sizes. Shirts should have side or front openings, shoulder snaps or necklines that stretch to slip easily over your baby's head. Pants and sleepers with snaps make diaper changing easy. Don't overdress your baby. Layer the clothing so you can add or remove layers as room (or outdoor) temperatures change.

Little stocking caps are both cute and practical. Babies lose a lot of body heat from their disproportionately large heads. Keeping a hat on the baby in cold weather helps maintain body temperature.