Parenting Lesson 7 - Readying for the baby (Trimester 3 - Part II)

Questions covered in this lesson-

  1. What fabric is suitable for an infant

  2. Different type of clothes for a newborn

  3. Washing your newborn clothes

  4. Which Massage Body Oil to use for Newborns

  5. Naming a baby

  6. What things you need for a newborn's care


What fabric is suitable for an infant?

Baby’s soft and supple skin is far more sensitive than an adult and therefore is rash prone and can easily be harmed with touch of a harsh piece of clothing. It is therefore very important to carefully opt for the right fabrics when you are shopping for kids clothes.

Cotton

The most common fabric in infant cloth is cotton. It is soft and absorbent and gentle on a baby's skin. It is available in an organic version and will shrink up to 10% upon the first wash and dry cycle if you use heat.

Cotton/Polyester Blends

A blend that dries quickly, resists wrinkling, and is typically less expensive than infant clothes made of 100% natural fiber. This blend is easy to care for and doesn't shrink, making it a popular choice among busy parents.

Cotton/Spandex Blends

For the ultimate in comfort, a cotton/spandex blend is where it's at. Stretchable, this material moves with your baby, which is why it is found in tights and baby leg warmers. It is also easy to care for.

Fleece

Warm and fuzzy, fleece is often found in baby outerwear and is available in a variety of weights. Great for layering, it's good for in-between seasons. Fleece dries quickly, is moisture-wicking, and is a vegan alternative to wool. Also, it's virtually stain-proof and super easy to care for, just toss it in the wash with like colors and you're set.

Cashmere

A luxury textile, cashmere can be found in high-end designer infant clothes. I don't recommend wasting your money on any piece of an infant or baby clothing made from cashmere for a couple of reasons: your baby will grow out of it quicker than you can bat an eye and it's extremely difficult to care for meaning your baby needs to avoid spills and messes when he's wearing it—yeah right! Unless you have a personal maid or laundry service, don't bother. Other high-maintenance fabrics include linens and hand-knits.

Bamboo

An all-natural fabric, bamboo is becoming an increasingly popular choice for baby clothes. Thermal-regulating, it will adjust with your baby's body temperature and is great for layering. It has a host of other fantastic selling points including being hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial;

right along with 100% cotton, this is my favorite fabric for baby and infant clothes.


Different types of clothes for a newborn

You’ll need plenty of changes of clothes. As a guide, the following will see you through for a newborn baby:

  1. Clothes should be comfortable, soft, and easy to take care of.

  2. Stretchy jumpsuits that fasten at the front are best, as well as tops with envelope necks, which are easier to get over your baby’s head

  3. It’s also important to look out for clothes with a low fire hazard label. Newborn rompers and jumpsuits should have this label.

  4. Baby’s first year is going to call for clothing that suits the seasons. This means t-shirts, onesies, pajamas, and more.

  5. Generally speaking, it’ll be a good idea to shop for articles of clothing that are deemed ‘0-1 years’ or ‘infant’ in size.

  6. While you can count on your baby growing significantly in the first twelve months, you shouldn’t have to worry about him or her outgrowing their first outfits until at least six months have passed.


Clothing essentials your baby needs

To make sure you’re ready to keep your newborn snug, cozy, and comfortable, shop for:

● 4-6 infant t-shirts

● 6-8 short-sleeved onesies

● 4-6 long-sleeved onesies

● 4-8 pajama sets

● 6-8 pairs of socks

● 2 pairs of soft booties

● 4-6 pairs of stretch cotton pants

● 2-4 cotton sweaters or hoodies

● 2 knit caps

● A sun hat

● 2-3 pairs of no-scratch mittens

● 4-5 seasonally appropriate outfits for going out and about

● Infant snowsuit and/or bunting (if you plan to go out in the cold)

● Mild soap for laundry


Washing your newborn clothes.

The first step towards cleaning and disinfecting your child’s clothes is to understand how important washing your baby’s clothes for the first time is. Washing the child’s clothes for the first time requires preparation.

Before you prepare your child’s clothes for a wash, it is important to remember that you must wash their clothes for the first time before they wear it and not after. This is because these clothes are exposed to a lot of harmful bacteria before buying them during the journey or even at home. Here are some things to keep in mind when washing your baby’s clothes:

  1. Check the brand label for washing instructions. This will help you understand the material and the manner in which it can react to a wash.

  2. Be wary about the kind of detergent used. If you can help it use non-chemical laundry soap that is specially made for infants.

  3. Pre-soak in water. If the material allows it, the pre-soak in hot water will kill a lot of the germs.

  4. Wash the baby clothes separately. This way, the bacteria from the other clothes do not transfer to the baby’s clothes.

  5. Soak in warm water after the wash. This ensures that the detergent and other allergenic bacteria are killed.

  6. Dry in the sun or in heat. Sunlight acts as a natural disinfectant. Ensure you dry your baby’s clothes in natural sunlight if possible, if not, ensure the clothes are dried in a clean, sterile room that has heat.


Which Massage Body Oil to use for Newborns?

Massages are soothing and healthy for your baby — and you might just enjoy them, too.

Using the right oil for your baby massage can make all the difference. Massage oils help protect your baby’s soft, delicate skin and moisturize at the same time.

However, not all oils are made equal — and they’re not all good for the baby’s skin. Just because an oil is “natural” doesn’t mean it’s safe to use for a baby massage.

Let’s look at the best oils to use for a baby massage and which oils you should avoid.

You can choose from a variety of oils that are normally safe for a baby’s tender skin. Try these oils during a baby massage and for moisturizing their skin. Some might suit your baby’s skin better than others.


The best oils to use during a baby massage are-

● Coconut oil

● Almond oil

● Petroleum jelly

● Baby oil

● Shea butter

● Safflower oil

● Grapeseed oil

● Chamomile lotion


There are some oils which are very concentrated and should be avoided for baby massaging.

● Olive oil

● Avocado oil

● Peanut oil

● Mustard oil

● Tea tree oil


Naming a baby

One of the early important tasks for a parent is to select a name for your baby which is probably modern, sweet and simple, and has a deep meaning at the same time.

The difficult part of choosing a name is that there a lot of friends and relatives who will have their own suggestions. While naming a baby, it is important to remember that the name will be carried by the child for the rest of their life. Hence, it has to be one which is well thought of and convincing before it is finalised so that your child is thankful to you for giving him/her a good start.

Many parents have told me in hushed tones about their baby-name regret and the shame it causes them. Some fall prey to trendy options and realize shortly after inking it on their child’s birth certificate that it was a mistake. Others feel pressured to uphold a family naming tradition and end up with a name they hate. And then there are the parents who just can’t agree, so one parent ends up begrudgingly giving in to the other.

You don’t want to be any of those parents. To help you avoid these traps here are the top 10 baby-naming rules. So whether you’re looking for girl names or boy names, you’ll pick the right one for your little one.


My tips on choosing the right baby name include:

● Avoid passing trends

● Be Gender Specific

● Remember that classic names don’t have to be boring

● Take a look at your family tree

● Honor your culture

● Look up meanings

● Contemplate all possible nicknames

● Consider the importance of the middle name

● Don’t forget about the initials

● Say it out loud

● Don’t stress too much


What things you need for a newborn's care.


Breastfeeding

● Nursing clothes

● Breast pumps

● Sterilizer

● Formula

● Feeding bottle

● Bottle cleaning brush

● Thermos

● Bibs and muslin cloth


Bedding

● Baby mattress and crib

● Baby blanket and sheets

● Mosquito net

● Baby monitor


Diapering

● Disposable diaper

● Cotton nappies.

● Rash cream

● Wet wipes

● Changing mat

● Dustbins and garbage bags


Clothing

The first thing you must buy for your newborn baby's clothes. Newborn baby clothes must be comfortable, cotton-based, and have safe motifs if any. Buy soft fabrics and avoid glitter, heavy embellishments, sequins, ribbon, ties, and buttons, because these can be choking hazards or be the source of skin irritation. Don’t buy too many clothes as newborn babies grow fast. Also, consider the weather conditions while buying the following items.


● Sleepsuits

● Tops

● Socks

● Cap

● Swaddle cloth


Bathing and Cleaning

For the first couple of times, newborn babies just need a quick wipe using a sponge or cotton swab. However, it isn’t long before your baby will have fun splashing water in the bath. This is also a special time when parents can bond with their newborn babies. Here are some bathing and cleaning essentials you will need for your newborn.

● Bathtub

● Towels: Buy 2-3 soft, light-colored, cotton bath towels made from absorbent material.

● Baby wash & shampoo

● Massage & hair oil

● Baby cream


Safety

Baby proofing your home prevents mishaps and accidents while creating a safer environment for your newborn baby to grow in.

● Invest in high-grade carbon monoxide and smoke detectors

● Playpens and stair gates are much needed to avoid falls and to keep your baby in a particular area.

● Window and cupboard catches, plug socket covers, nightlights, fireguards, furniture corner protectors, and many other recent inventions can help make your home safe for your newborn baby.


Leaving the House

Depending on the mode of transport you want to take, it is important to be travel-ready. Choose the best and most economical options while investing in essentials that are useful when you step out with your baby.


● Diaper bag

● Car seat/baby stroller

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