How to Dress a Newborn Baby in a Onesie
- October 1, 2022
- by Melissa Lawrence
Hi guys! If you’ve recently brought a baby home from the hospital, you might be wondering: “What is the easiest way to put on a baby onesie?” Well, having gone through this now six times, I’m here to show you the quickest, easiest way to put the onesie — one of the most indispensible newborn baby clothing essentials — onto your little newborn baby’s tiny body.
What is a Baby Onesie
First off, though, let me walk you through what a onesie is! A baby onesie or newborn baby onesie is a t-shirt that fits your newborn baby’s body well (like a loose fitting bodysuit) and snaps between the top of the legs. This design renders the onesie easy to wear by itself (in summer), underneath a pair of pants or a dress, and on top of leggings, pants, or a skirt. The vast majority of baby onesies are white, but you can find versions in other colors and with patterns and designs. You also can buy them in 100% cotton (or organic cotton) and in packs, which makes them highly affordable. I opt for the 100% cotton, white onesies and my babies have worn them pretty much every day from day 1 until 24 months.
How should I Dress a Newborn Baby for Sleep?
To protect against the chilly night air, your baby should first have on a onesie, and on top they should have a long-sleeved light cotton or fleece pajama. Your newborn baby should not be covered in a blanket, unless they are tightly swaddled by the blanket and the blanket is far away from their face, because you don’t want to risk having anything impede your newborn baby’s breathing. SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has been linked to loose blankets, stuffed animals, and bedding in babies’ cribs so remember to put your baby down in an empty crib on their back with no loose bedding, blankets, or clothing near their face.
Newborn Baby Nursery Essentials: the Baby Changing Table
Oh and one last thing! Before starting to put a onesie onto your baby, figure out where you will change them. Changing your baby on the sofa or a bed can result in upper and lower back pain since you will be crouched over. Try to invest in a basic changing table. I love mine from IKEA. Place a terry cloth cover over the changing table pad and on top of that, a CHUX changing pad which will keep the pad cover dry and prevent excessive amounts of laundry.
How to Put a Onesie on a Newborn Baby
Drumroll please… Given how little newborns can be and how much they stiffen up because of newborn reflexes, a lot of new parents struggle when it comes to how to put on a baby onesie. Here’s the easiest way to put on a baby onesie.
Step-by-Step Baby Onesie Tutorial
Whereas we adults step into clothing, with babies, you are stringing the clothing onto the baby.
- Lie your baby on their back.
- Make a circle out of the neck of the onesie with both hands.
- Place one hand into the that circle. Push the onesie up to your elbow.
- Place that same hand under your baby’s head and neck.
- Using your other hand, gently bring the onesie down until it is underneath your baby’s neck with a small amount remaining gathered above your baby’s head.
- While still keeping your hand underneath the baby’s neck, pop the onesie over your baby’s head. You want to limit the amount of time your baby is without vision.
- The tough part is behind you. Now, gently put your fingers into the sleeves of the onesie, and reach for your baby’s hands, and gently pull the onesie sleeves onto your baby’s arms. Do one arm first, and then the other arm.
- Pull the rest of the onesie down over your baby’s body and snap atop the legs.
Given how useful the onesie is, it’s best to buy big since your baby can get a lot of use out of this garment.
That’s it for how to put on a onesie, mamas and papas, and see you back soon on Cloudmom for more how-to videos.
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