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Dressing and Undressing

ESSENTIAL HOME CLOTHING

For the first six months the all-in-one stretchie, sleeper, or onesie is indispensable. Make sure these clothes are machine-washable and for daytime, are made of natural fibers to help regulate body temperature. Have at least six outfits — one on, one in the wash, one spare, and then another three. An under layer is a must in winter.

PUT ON SHIRTS

Put on an undershirt in a ri warm room, away from drafts. A  baby feeling the air against his skin is likely to cry; do not get flustered. Try to make this a fun time, and use eye contact and caresses to soothe him. Dressing will get easier, so be patient and gentle.

Tips :

  1. Lay baby on a flat surface. Gather the undershirt into your hands and pull the neck apart with your thumbs. Put the back edge to his crown.
  2. Pull the undershirt over his head, L. raising it slightly, and bring it down to his chin. Widen the armholes and gently guide each hand through it.

TAKE OFF SHIRTS

After lying him down, reach through the armhole, or sleeve, to hold one elbow inside the under-shirt with one hand. Ease all the fabric over his fist. Do the same with the other elbow. Then gather up the undershirt in your hands, so there is no spare fabric that might scrape over his face. Stretch the opening as wide as you can and take it up and over his face to his crown. Slide your hands underneath his head and neck and lift his upper body to slide out the undershirt.

UNDRESS ON A Flat SURFACE

Even if your baby can control his muscles and support his head, it is much easier to undress him on a pad than on your lap.

PUTTING ON A STRETCHIE

Have all the snaps undone. Pick your baby up and lay the clean stretchie out flat underneath him Put him back on top of the laid-out garment. Insert the legs first, then the arms. His neck should lie just above the collar.

Tips:

  1. Gather up each fabric 1 leg and ease one foot in at a time. Place his toes right up at the end of the garment, and pull it up to his crotch.
  2. Stretch each sleeve h.. widely, then gather, and guide each fist through. Pull up the garment over his shoulders and do up the snaps.

TAKING OFF A STRETCHIE

Undo the snaps first and, as you bend his leg, pull the garment away from his toes. As his leg comes out, be careful not to snag his toes. Repeat with the other leg. Put your hand inside his sleeve and hold his elbow. Grasp the cuff and pull the sleeve off, keeping his arm bent. Be careful not to catch his fingers when trying to get his hand through the cuff. Repeat with the other arm. Slide your hand under his head and neck and remove the suit.

 

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