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What Should Babies Wear to Sleep?

What Should Babies Wear to Sleep?

It’s your first night home and you go to lay your baby down in their bassinet or crib for the first time and then you realize that you’re not sure what they should wear. Do you put on the too big pajamas you received during the last baby shower? Do you keep them in a onesie and swaddle him in a blanket? How are you going to change her diaper in the middle of the night?

Bedtime outfits for your baby shouldn’t be a mystery. It’s all about safety, temperature, and comfort – for both you and your baby! 

Safety

Newborns have very little control over their bodies and tend to have lots of reflexive movements. That means that she can move around and since her body is still growing, she needs lots of support and to just rest. 

There is also the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) which is most likely to occur during the first four months of a baby’s life. The best thing you can do is dress your baby in clothing that isn’t loose and doesn’t have tops that could ride up and cover your baby’s face. She doesn’t know how to remove fabric from her face to keep her breathing. 

Our knotted gowns are made to not be loose on your baby. They’re all made from a stretchy rayon and spandex blend so that it fits comfortably on your newborn.

Also, make sure that your baby’s sleeping space is free of any blankets or accessories — even pillows, mattress toppers, crib bumpers, stuffed animals. Rest your baby on a firm crib mattress with one sheet. 

Temperature

Your baby’s body doesn’t yet know how to regulate changes in temperature. The room your baby is in should be between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. If it’s cooler than that, add a few layers. You don’t want to have a loose blanket wrapped around your baby since that could come undone and suffocate him. 

If it’s warmer than 75 degrees, consider bringing in fans or air conditioners to help keep your baby cool. If he’s wearing an Orchid knotted gown, you don’t have to worry about keep him tucked in. Knot the bottom of the gown so that his feet are snug and tucked in for the night. It will help his feet stay warm and cozy all through the night.

Comfort

Your baby may not remember the feel of her clothes, but for sure you will! Make sure you’re dressing your baby in something comfortable and soft. Itchy fabric may irritate your newborn baby and keep her awake when you really want her (and need her to sleep!) 

Baby Sleeping Gown

It’s not just about comfort for your baby. It’s also about comfort for you. When you’re looking at baby pajamas, you’re not thinking ahead to those middle-of-the-night feedings or diaper changes that await you. You don’t want to be trying to fumble with buttons and snaps when you’re half-awake and want to be back in bed. Luckily, your knotted gown makes it easy for you so you can get back to sleep as soon as you can.

Frequently Asked Questions

These guiding principles will help you as you pick out good outfits to dress your baby in during the first few months of their life. But you’re probably more worried about the more specific questions. 

Should a Newborn Wear a Hat to Sleep?

Your baby should not wear a hat to sleep. Hats are loose fabrics that can move around and potentially suffocate your child. It’s best to remove the hat and make sure that they’re swaddled to stay warm. 

You may be confused since the nurses in the hospital usually place a hat on your baby. This is to help them stay warm and acclimate to the colder world than they have been living in before their arrival. Also, there is always someone there to observe and prevent situations. Once you return home, you will find that the times that baby goes to sleep is when you also take a nap or are able to do some of the things around the house that you have been neglecting. 

You can give them a hat to wear if you are holding them while they sleep and your attention is on him. Or when you’re heading outside to take a trip, this is also a good time to have your baby wear a hat when they’re sleeping. 

Should a Baby Wear Socks to Bed?

Do you like to sleep with socks on? Your baby probably likes it too. Not because they’re so comfortable, but because your baby likes to be warm. Babies are extremely sensitive to temperature because their bodies aren’t able to regulate their own internal temperatures yet. 

You should gauge how the temperature in a room feels for you. Do you feel comfortable? Or are you rubbing your hands on your arm and reaching for a sweatshirt? If you’re cold, your baby is probably chilly as well. Some good advice is to dress your baby in one more layer than you are wearing

What Type of Baby Nightgowns are There?

You might be looking at all the options for baby nightgowns and wonder which is the best one. Truthfully, until your baby is 4-6 months old, you’re going to be up in the middle of the night for diaper changes. It’s important to consider that when selecting options for your baby’s pajamas.

Here is a quick summary of the different types of nightgowns for your baby to wear:

Knotted Baby Gown

baby knotted gown for sleeping

We’re big fans of the knotted baby gown because these nightgowns are perfect all year round. With long sleeves and soft material, your baby will be comfortable in the warmer months and the cooler months. You can purchase your own knotted baby gown here.

Sleep Sack

Ergobaby sleeping bag for baby

Essentially, a sleep sack or bag is a blanket that your baby wears. You put them in a onesie and then zip them in and you don’t have to worry about loose blankets that could suffocate your baby. Our personal favorite is Ergobaby which you can buy here.

Sleeper Gowns

baby sleeper gown

These gowns are different from knotted gowns because the gown is open at the bottom – there’s no way to knot the end. The bottom may have elastic, but it’s still open. You’ll need to put socks on your baby to prevent their feet from getting too cold. Our favorite is Simple Joys by Carter’s that you can purchase here.

Footed Baby Pajamas

footed baby pajamas

Do you remember rocking the footed pajamas as a kid? I do! Maybe you rock them now. But these pajamas are good options once your baby is a little older and especially if they’re prone to the cold. You don’t have to worry about them kicking off their socks in the middle of the night or only losing one (which is the worst!). The pajama is one piece. The only issue is during those late-night diaper changes, you’ll wish you have something a little more simple. So hold onto this pajama set until your baby is sleeping more through the night. There are plenty of options, but Leveret has some beautiful pajamas that you will definitely want to purchase here.

Your baby is going to be sleeping for up to 16 hours a day during the first few months. To help her get the best sleep possible so that you can get the rest you need, make sure you follow these guidelines to keep your baby safe and comfortable.

Laurel Teuscher
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What Clothes Should I Buy For a Newborn?

What Clothes Should I Buy For a Newborn?

One of the more common questions that new moms have is “what clothes should I buy for a newborn?”. Having a baby is exciting and you might be tempted to buy any and every outfit that you see, but keep in mind that babies grow fast… like really fast, so don’t overdo it. 

Before jumping in headfirst and spending a small fortune on clothes for your baby, here are a few things you should think about.

Laundry

How often are you planning on doing laundry? 

You might need more or fewer clothes for your baby if your laundry routine is different than others. If you plan on doing laundry once per week, you’ll want to double the clothing listed below. If you wash every day, you can cut the numbers in half.

Sizing

As mentioned above, new babies grow really fast. Most babies will outgrow newborn outfits within a few weeks to a month. You should also know that most newborn sizes cap out at around 8 lbs, so if you have a bigger baby, she might not even fit into newborn outfits.

When considering which clothes to buy, it’s recommended to pick out a few newborn items and then put most of your budget toward 0-3 month sizes. These outfits will fit babies up to 12-13 lbs.

Seasonal Wear

You’ll also need to consider when you are going to have your baby. If it is in the middle of summer, you might not need sweaters, sweatshirts or pants. You’ll probably want to substitute those things with summer outfits and vice versa if you are having her in the winter months.

These things said, here’s a pretty good guide on what type of clothing to buy for your baby.

2-4 Infant Gowns

Infant gowns are probably the best thing you can dress your baby in until their cord stump falls off. It’s the very best way to keep their cord stump clean and not irritated. These gowns also make it really easy to change diapers during the day and in the evening. Our knot baby gowns are a great option here.

4-8 Bodysuits or Onesies

Bodysuits and onesies are an easy, no-fuss outfit in the summer or a basic layer during the cold winter months. When shopping for these, make sure to buy the ones that have wide head openings and loose legs. This makes putting them on and taking them off of baby easy and seamless. Our favorite bodysuits are the good, old fashioned Gerber onesies. You can get them here for a pretty good price.

3-5 Pants

Really, babies don’t need to wear pants, but having a few on hand makes it really easy to pull over a onesie or bodysuit to keep baby’s legs warm when it starts to get cold outside, or when you’re blasting the A/C during the hot summer months. The Simple Joy pants by Carters are some of our faves. You can get them here.

4-8 Undershirts

Undershirts are very similar to a onesie, but the bottom half is missing. As mentioned above, make sure to look for the ones that have a wide head for the opening. Like above, we really like the Simple Joy side-snap shirts. You can get them here.

4-8 One-Piece Footie Pajamas

We grew up wearing one-piece footie pajamas and they are just as popular today as they were 30 years ago. In the summer months, you can go with a nice cotton material and in the winter, fleece is a great option. We really like the Burt’s Bees footie pajamas. You can get them here.

2-3 Blanket Sleepers

Blanket sleepers are definitely safer than traditional blankets at night time. Make sure to avoid anything with drawstrings. Our favorite blanket sleeper is the Halo Sleepsack, which you can buy here.

1-3 Seaters, Sweatshirts or Jackets

In the cooler months, you’re going to want to make sure to stock up on sweaters, sweatshirts or cute jackets. If you go with sweatshirts or sweaters, make sure they button or zip on the front. Babies hate when things are pulled over their heads, especially big, bulky items.

1-3 Rompers or Other Dress Up Outfits

If you’re one for getting your baby all dolled up each day, then you’re going to need a few cute rompers or other outfits. Some of our favorite rompers we’ve seen can be purchased at Rags.

5-7 Pairs of Socks

Most new parents don’t even realize that babies don’t need shoes until they start walking. This said, get some cute and comfortable socks that she can lounge in during the day and while sleeping at night. We’d recommend picking up a few packs at Target or Old Navy.

2-3 Hats

When shopping for hats, you should at least get your little one a broad-brimmed sun hat and a soft cap that goes over baby’s ears in the wintertime. You might also add in a fun ball cap if baby is a boy. If you’re into ball caps, you might check out Jack & Winn.

2-3 Swaddles

Swaddles aren’t really clothes, but many babies spent a ton of time in them. For the first few months after birth, babies really like being wrapped uptight, so you’ll find most newborns either wrapped up tight with a blanket or with a swaddle. If you’re looking for some super cute swaddles, you should check out Milkmaid Goods.

2-3 Lightweight Blankets

Small, lightweight blankets are always great to have around the house to wrap baby up with or to lay on the floor for your baby to lay on. Two or three is probably enough, but if your baby spits up a lot, you might want a few extra so you have enough if they get soiled quickly. For these, we’d also recommend heading over to Target to pick some up.

Mittens

Guess what, even in the summertime you are probably going to want to get some mittens for your baby. Mittens not only help keep baby’s hands warm, but they will also keep them from scratching themselves when their nails start to grow. Obviously, you won’t want to put on winter mittens in the summer, so get a nice pair of cotton mittens so you don’t cook their hands. You can get some really inexpensive ones here.

Bunting Bag or Fleece Suit

Winter babies need to stay warm when outside, so you’ll want to purchase bunting bag (this is like a sleeping bag) or a full-body suit that goes over baby’s clothes. JJ Cole has a really awesome Bunting bag that you’ll want to check out here.

Here are also some general tips to consider when looking at different clothing options:

Fabrics: Always lean toward soft, breathable fabrics like cotton. Fleece is a great choice for colder months. It’s also a good idea to avoid (or remove!) bulky and scratchy tags that could irritate your baby’s skin.

Fasteners: When shopping for clothes, make sure to look for fasteners that close easily. Nothing is more annoying in the middle of the night than not being able to put things back together and get back to bed. 

Prewash: It’s always a good idea to wash new clothes before your little one wears them. This will make sure that she doesn’t develop a minor rash or skin irritation. Baby's skin can be so sensitive for the first little bit, so do her a favor and wash everything.

So there you have it! Do you feel a little more prepared? You can do it! If you think we missed anything or have any other ideas or tips, please feel free to share in the comments below.

* Please note that some of these links are Amazon affiliate links and we make a small commission if you purchase the product.

Laurel Teuscher
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25 Awesome Baby Shower Gifts

Finding the perfect baby shower gift can be really tough, especially if you don’t want to go the traditional route and pick from a baby registry. If you are looking to give a gift that’s a little different and a little more unique than your traditional shower gifts, you’ve come to the right place. 

In this post, we will go through 25 pretty awesome gifts, 15 of them are specifically for baby and 10 of them are specifically for mom . . . Yes, mom needs her own gifts and she will appreciate and love them so very much. Let’s dive in!

Gifts for Baby

Knotted Baby Gowns

Knotted Baby Gown - Baby Shower Gift

Of course, we have to lead with our very own knotted gowns. They are absolutely perfect for newborn babies and make diaper changing during the day and night a breeze.

Sound/Noise Makers

Dohm White Noise Machine - Baby Shower Gift

White noise machines are a great way to help keep baby from hearing loud noises and promote deep, restful sleep. Our two recommendations for sound machines are the Dohm and Hatch Baby Rest.

Pregnancy/New Baby Journal

bump for joy pregnancy journal - baby shower gifts

We’ve heard that one of the best baby shower gifts is a journal that mom can keep her thoughts and feelings as she gets closer to delivery and after the baby comes. Our two recommendations for journals are Bump for Joy Guided Pregnancy Journal and Bump to Birthday: Pregnancy and First Year Journal.

Non-Contact Thermometer

 Easy @ Home Thermometer

Having a new baby can be stressful. Having a new baby come down with a fever can be even more stressful. There are so many different thermometers on the market, but for babies, moms are opting for non-contact thermometers. These make it super easy to take baby’s temperature without disturbing her. Our two favorite no contact thermometers for babies are the Easy@Home and DrKea.

Baby Sleeping Door Sign

Baby sleeping door sign – Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Have you ever seen how a new mom reacts when someone rings their doorbell or knocks on their door? If you haven’t you don’t want to. Nothing is worse than waking up a sleeping baby and feeling the wrath of mom. Baby sleeping door signs are a great gift and there are some pretty cool ones out there. Here are two of our favorite from Wood Worx Designs and Sass or Salt.

On-The-Go Changing Mat

On the Go Baby Changing Mat - Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Most moms who have babies are typically on the go. Running errands, visiting family and friends and taking/picking up their other kids from school, sporting events and other activities can be a full-time job. Portable changing mats are perfect for changing dirty diapers wherever mom might be. Our two favorite changing mats are the Baby Loovi and Lil Fox.

Portable Diaper Changing Station

Portable Diaper Changing Station - Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Along the same lines as above, having a portable diaper changing station that houses diapers, creams, wipes, etc. is a great gift for new moms on the go. Here are the two we like the most: the Skip Hop and the Comfy Cubs.

Gentle Nail Trimmer

We’ve never met a mom who likes trimming baby’s nails. It’s way too easy to clip them too short and hurt your little one. A great alternative to nail clippers is electric nail trimmers/files. Our only recommendation is the Little Martins nail trimmer — It’s the best around and you’ll be grateful to have it!

Pacifier Clips

When baby loses her binky, it can get really stressful trying to find it. Pacifier clips make it easy to locate binkies no matter where mom is at or doing. Two of our favorite binky clips are the Baby Goal and the Mushie.

Dockatot

Babies have their cribs to sleep in, but when mom wants them close to wherever they are, there aren’t many options. Dockatot makes it easy to co-sleep with baby, but also provides a safe place for baby to lounge while working out, making dinner, etc. You can check out Dockatot here.

Shopping Cart Baby Hammock

Have you ever tried to take a baby to the grocery store? It’s hard to get all of your food and safely transport your baby throughout the store. Binxy Baby sells a revolutionary product that makes it safe and easy to shop with your baby. You can check out their hammocks here.

Nose Frida

Boogers are gross. You know what’s even more gross, moldy boogers stuck in those traditional, light blue booger suckers. Enter, the Nose Frida. With just a little suck of a tube, the boogers come right out, with serious force. Mommas all over say they love this as a baby shower gift. You can buy the Nose Frida here

Solly Baby Wrap

New moms absolutely love the functionality and practicality of a baby carrier. You could go with a traditional carrier like the Ergobaby or you could go with a stylish wrap. The Solly Baby Wrap is the perfect carrier for the on-the-go mom and makes it easy to get things done while baby is awake or asleep. You can buy the Solly wrap on their website.

Milk Snob Nursing Cover

If the mom to be is going to be a breastfeeding machine, she’s going to need a really fun, trendy nursing cover. The really cool thing about these covers is that they also double as car seat covers! These covers come in a variety of covers for the modern momma and are pretty reasonably priced for what you get. You can buy them here.

Halo SleepSack

One of the scarier things a mom and dad will experience is wondering if your baby is sleeping through the night. You hear horror stories about babies being suffocated by a pillow or baby blanket. A sleep sack is a wearable baby blanket and makes it so nothing else needs to be in baby’s crib while sleeping. You can purchase a sleepsack here.

Gifts for Mommy

Nesting Olive Gown or Robe

After giving birth, new moms love nothing more than lounging in comfortable clothes. Two of the most comfortable items they’d love to get their hands on is a Nesting Olive gown (they have several variations) and their new robe. You can buy them on their website here.

Spa Day

In addition to being comfortable, new moms want to feel pretty. One of the easiest ways to do this is to give them a day at the spa. We can’t give you any recommendations since there are so many amazing spas throughout the country, but this is always a winner as a baby shower gift.

Meal Delivery Service

We’ve talked to many new moms who say one of the most thoughtful gifts they’ve received is a meal delivery service or pre-packaged meals. This gift makes it incredibly easy to continue to feed their family great meals while spending enough time taking care of their new baby. Home Chef and Blue Apron are two really great options.

Lush Bath Bombs

We’ve never met momma who doesn’t enjoy a nice long bath. To make bathing even more enjoyable for new moms, give her a bag of bath bombs from Lush. There are quite a few scents that promote a calming and relaxing mood. “The Comforter” is probably our favorite. You can buy them at one of their stores or on their website.

Made by Mary Custom Necklaces

Most women love getting jewelry as gifts. Moms especially love getting jewelry that represents their children, old and new. One really neat gift to give an expecting mother is a customized necklace from Made By Mary. You can select from different types of chains and pendants, which can be customized with initials or words. You can order on their website, but know that these pieces are hand made, so they do take about a week or so to ship, so make sure you order way before the baby shower.

Bamboobies “Boob Ease” Nursing Balm

New moms can suffer from chafed and cracked nipples for the first few weeks of nursing. Ask any new mom and they can attest to how painful this can be. Babboobies “boob ease” nursing balm will keep mom's nipples feeling soft supple. You can buy Boob Ease balm on their website.

Bamboobies Nursing Pads

In addition to nursing balm, Bamboobies makes a variety of nursing pads for the breastfeeding mother. Our favorite has to be their reusable and washable pads, which are fantastic for the “green” mother. Their pads are super soft and very comfortable. You can buy them here.

Coffee Subscription

One thing we can all agree on is that new moms don’t get a lot of sleep. Newborns are a ton of work, so it isn’t any surprise that they are tired all day until baby is sleeping through the night. One very thoughtful gift for new moms is a coffee subscription. Yes, you read that right, you can have amazing coffee sent right to her house each month. Two of our favorite services are Atlas Coffee Club and Trade Coffee.

Cleaning Service

Along the same lines as not sleeping, there typically isn’t a lot of time during the day to take care of the home. It’s not uncommon to visit a new mom and her baby and see piles of laundry, dishes in the sink and things all over the floor. Another great gift idea is to give mom the gift of a clean house. There are so many cleaning services all across the country, so we won’t list any recommendations here.

Gift Cards

One of the greatest things new moms can receive is gift cards. New moms feel weird, some don’t think they look pretty, etc. New clothes, pedicures, manicures, massages, etc. are great ways to help mom feel and look like a million bucks.

If you're running low on ideas for your next baby shower, be sure to consider these less traditional ideas to help the mom-to-be (and baby!) feel celebrated.

* Please note that some of these links are Amazon affiliate links and we make a small commission if you purchase the product.

Laurel Teuscher
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What Should Babies Wear to Sleep?

What Should Babies Wear to Sleep?

It’s your first night home and you go to lay your baby down in their bassinet or crib for the first time and then you realize that you’re not sure what they should wear. Do you put on the too big pajamas you received during the last baby shower? Do you keep them in a onesie and swaddle him in a blanket? How are you going to change her diaper in the middle of the night?

Bedtime for your baby shouldn’t be a mystery for your baby. It’s all about safety, temperature, and comfort – for both you and your baby! 

Safety

Newborns have very little control over their bodies and tend to have lots of reflexive movements. That means that she can move around and since her body is still growing, she needs lots of support and to just rest. 

There is also the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) which is most likely to occur during the first four months of a baby’s life. The best thing you can do is dress your baby in clothing that isn’t loose and doesn’t have tops that could ride up and cover your baby’s face. She doesn’t know how to remove fabric from her face to keep her breathing. 

Our knotted gowns are made to not be loose on your baby. They’re all made from a stretchy rayon and spandex blend so that it fits comfortably on your newborn.

Also, make sure that your baby’s sleeping space is free of any blankets or accessories — even pillows, mattress toppers, crib bumpers, stuffed animals. Rest your baby on a firm crib mattress with one sheet. 

Temperature

Your baby’s body doesn’t yet know how to regulate changes in temperature. The room your baby is in should be between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. If it’s cooler than that, add a few layers. You don’t want to have a loose blanket wrapped around your baby since that c ould come undone and suffocate him. 

If it’s warmer than 75 degrees, consider bringing in fans or air conditioners to help keep your baby cool. If he’s wearing an Orchid knotted gown, you don’t have to worry about keep him tucked in. Knot the bottom of the gown so that his feet are snug and tucked in for the night. It will help his feet stay warm and cozy all through the night.

Comfort

Your baby may not remember the feel of her clothes, but for sure you will! Make sure you’re dressing your baby in something comfortable and soft. Itchy fabric may irritate your newborn baby and keep her awake when you really want her (and need her to sleep!) 

It’s not just about comfort for your baby. It’s also about comfort for you. When you’re looking at baby pajamas, you’re not thinking ahead to those middle-of-the-night feedings or diaper changes that await you. You don’t want to be trying to fumble with buttons and snaps when you’re half-awake and want to be back in bed. Luckily, your knotted gown makes it easy for you so you can get back to sleep as soon as you can.

Your baby is going to be sleeping for up to 16 hours a day during the first few months. To help her get the best sleep possible so that you can get the rest you need, make sure you follow these guidelines to keep your baby safe and comfortable.

Laurel Teuscher
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