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Dressing a baby is not only fun and great for photos, but an important thing to do to ensure that your baby is always at a comfortable temperature. Remember, babies take a few months to regulate their own body temperature, so dressing is about more than just fashion. Here are some tips on dressing your baby:
Layer, layer, layer
Layering clothes is practical and allows you to adapt to any changes in weather – taking layers off when it’s heating up and adding them when it’s chilly. Be careful though not to over-bundle.
Know your baby
Many parents follow the “plus one” rule, which suggests that you should dress your baby with one layer more than you are wearing. There is a similar guideline for hot weather that suggests babies should have one layer less than you do on a summer’s day. The plus one and minus one guidelines are good if you’re unsure, but won’t work for every baby. What’s far more important is to know your baby and monitor how warm or cool they are. Check your baby’s neck or slip your fingers inside their clothes to feel their arms and legs, as feeling just their hands and feet can be unreliable. Babies will generally cry or fuss if they are too cold or too hot.
Onesies are not only adorable but make for great underclothes in case other layers ride up. They are also very suitable for babies to sleep in.
Watch those rays
Sunscreen is generally not recommended for babies under six months, but you should protect your baby from direct sun in hot weather by dressing them in loose-fitting, breathable clothes and a hat. Also make sure your baby is drinking enough fluids in warm weather.
Hats for outside
Babies need a hat or beanie when they are outside to protect their heads from the sun in warm weather and to retain heat in cool weather.