Born to Be Comfortable: Choosing Newborn Baby Clothes

newbornNewborn babies grow very quickly and when it comes to baby clothing it certainly isn’t one size fits all. Clothes usually come in newborn sizes, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months. Many children don’t have to wear newborn baby clothes and go straight to 3 months sizes, whereas babies born slightly prematurely may have to wear ultra-tiny sizes sometimes called ‘preemies’. Like many aspects of your life after having a new baby, you just have to go with the flow. Here are a few tips:

Soft and Roomy

When choosing newborn baby clothes, look for soft and roomy clothing that allows your baby to move around easily and explore his or her surroundings. Material should be able to hold up to frequent washings as newborns are often sick on themselves, especially after they’re feed. One piece outfits are a convenient way to make your baby comfortable and allow them to move around without restriction. They are suitable for sleep and play — and it will make life a whole lot more straightforward when it’s time to change diapers, since any one piece worth its salt will be accessible from the bottom to allow a quick clean and change.

Designs

In terms of colors it really is up to you. Pink, blue and yellow are quite traditional, but there are plenty of retailers offering quirky and showstopping takes on newborn fashion. You can buy clothing with funny slogans and raise a few smiles, but don’t buy any item that’s made from cheap material and could damage your baby’s skin.

Bedtime

It’s essential to buy breathable natural fabrics like cotton for bedtime wear. These are both comfy and kind to skin and can help them to sleep easier. Try to avoid ribbons, strings, ties, and other decorative items, which can become wrapped and twisted around your baby, making them a potential choking hazard. When washing your baby’s bedtime clothes, avoid using washing powders that contain enzymes or fabric conditioner because these can irritate the skin. Rinsing clothes thoroughly after washing is particularly necessary to avoid discomfort and illness.

Whether you dress your newborn cute and casual or smart and serious, you can be sure that things will get messy! But keep your little bundle of joy safe and active with fabrics that are kind to skin and allow for easy mobility.

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Stop Planning and Start Doing

Lessons you can learn doing the dishes.

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You learn how to wash dried egg yoke off a plate by washing dried egg yoke off a plate.

So I’m no Plato. But Plato was no Socrates. Wrap your mind around that one.

It’s difficult to grasp, this concept of “doing,” until there’s a dirty dish in your hand. Then, as if having an out of body experience because you’re too bored to be in your body, you realize you’ve devised a well-run system of washing dishes without a single executed strategy. Or survey. Or flow chart.

You wash dishes like a gangsta. And there isn’t a single milk ring at the bottom of a glass to tell you otherwise.

If given the option, most of us would skip the stuck on grease and go straight to the streamlined system. Who wouldn’t opt to start with greatness instead of evolve there? Who doesn’t want to arrive at Park Place without passing Go?

That isn’t always the option, however. In fact, it rarely is. Maybe even never. All greatness takes work, takes doing that thing, practicing that thing, revising, reconfiguring, restructuring that thing, all while doing whatever that thing is some more. Winston Churchill once said, “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” I wonder how many times he rewrote that? I wonder how many times I’ll rewrite this? At present, we’re hitting around nine.

In the world of marketing, the term “expert in your field” is tossed around like bangs in need of a trim. Every marketer wants to make you an expert and every you wants to be one.

But are you sure?

Years ago, while attending a national dance competition (as a spectator only), a fellow dancer from my class leaned over during a professional couple’s spotlight performance and irritably remarked, “Why can’t I do that? I want to dance like him!”

I asked him, “Are you sure? Because he’s been dancing since grade school. Dancing is his job. He practices everyday with his partner. You can dance like him eventually, but you’ll have to live like him to do it.”

He opted for no.

Knowledge may come by studying. But expertise comes by doing. Like my dish washing skills.

Every morning, I face down that drying egg yoke. And every day, I know exactly how to handle it. It took a few years, a few discoveries, like the miracle of presoak. There were dark days when I switched from over easy to scrambled. But I came back. I fried again. I faced the gall of that grip on my china, and I picked up my scrub brush.

I did the dishes. And now I know how.

Tara-ThompsonTara Lynn Thompson is an award-winning storyteller, content marketing guru, instructor, and entrepreneurial enthusiast. She is the senior copywriter for Jordan Advertising and, for eight years, has successfully operated – against all conventional business wisdom – Tara Lynn Creative, a creative content business. You can read her quirky life and business commentary at taralynnthompson.com and lightquestmedia.com/blog

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