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A Guide to Choosing Your Baby's Sleepwear

A Guide to Choosing Your Baby's Sleepwear


A Guide to Choosing Your Baby's Sleepwear

by Mikey B Williams

A mother's basic instinct is to generally cuddle and bundle the baby up. The thinking is that since they are so small, babies may feel colder than adults. However, this is not the case. Baby sleepwear shouldn't be any heaver than what you yourself would wear for the current conditions.

Selecting the best baby sleepwear for your baby can be a bewildering task. Here are some tips to help you get started:

Avoid drawstrings and ribbons. No matter how cute those little satin ribbons look, they and cotton drawstrings could potentially be a hazard. It's possible for a baby to get tangled up in ribbons and strings, and possibly be at risk of choking. No matter how adorable all the frills and laces can seem, for your child's safety it's always best to choose simple over stylish as far as sleepwear is concerned.

One thing you do want to look for in sleepwear, however, is a nice snug fit. Keep in mind, though, that snug doesn't mean tight or constricting. Nor should your baby's sleepwear fit too loosely.

Pay particular attention to your baby's body temperature. Check to see if the hands and feet are cold. If so, it might be best to add another layer of clothing. On the other hand, if the child's hands and feet feel clammy with sweat, then some of the clothing must be removed.

It's necessary to constantly keep an eye on your baby's temperature, reason being, infants can overheat very quickly. At the blink of an eye, this can turn into a dangerous situation. A room temperature of 68 to 70 degrees is idea for child and parents both, but regardless of the temperature of the room, make sure your infant is dressed appropriately for the current conditions.

It might seem odd, but blankets and comforters should be avoided. As natural as it seems to use a blanket to cover your baby, comforters and blankets can be dangerous because of the potential for suffocation. So long as the room is maintained at an appropriate temperature, there shouldn't be a need for heavy comforters in the first place.

As lovely as some of the materials used for baby sleepwear can be, such as fancy silks and satins, try to avoid the temptation. Cotton is the best, being light, absorbent, and hypoallergenic.

Another excellent option to choose, especially for small babies or newborns, are sleep sacks. A sleep sack can be worn right over regular pajamas, fitting snugly around the wrists and feet.

Choosing your baby's sleepwear should be easy if you keep these helpful tips in mind. Remember that ideally it should be made of cotton and should fit your infant snugly. Frills and ribbons should be avoided, and be careful not to dress your baby too warmly. Using this tips, your baby will be dressed to sleep in comfort and safety.

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