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How to Dress a Baby

Learn how to dress an infant from parenting coach Tammy Gold in this Howcast baby care video.

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A lot of babies do cry when they're getting dressed, and it's not because they're getting hurt, or they're uncomfortable, it's just the change in temperature and kind of being manhandled that makes them a little uncomfortable. You'll notice with your infant that the tone of their muscles is very rigid, so it's actually a little bit difficult to get them dressed. You'll pull their arm down and it'll spring back up. So when you dress them, you may be thinking they're crying because I'm hurting them, they're pulling back. That's all a involuntary reaction and they're only crying, again, from either change in temperature or being moved from happy place to another place and being manhandled. So when you would get them dressed, you would have everything you need right at your fingertips. A lot of babies are squiggly or squirmy and they move a lot. So it's really important to always have your hand on the baby and make sure everything you need is right within your hands reach. So first thing you would do is put this onesie on the baby. Bunch it up and make a very big opening with you hands. And gently holding the head, you would just pull the shirt over their face. And again, usually the babies are crying. They're not in pain. They're not uncomfortable. Just when they're little, they don't like to be dressed. The next thing you would do is pull their arms through. Now as I mentioned, they have very rigid tone so that can be difficult. The easiest way to do this is put your hand through the sleeve and grab their hand. A lot of parents feed the hand through the sleeve, and a lot of times the finger may get caught and the hand doesn't move. It's much easier instead if you stick your fingers in, grab the babies hand, and pull it through this way. So you would pull this through, and pull the onesie down. And you're going to mind the belly button because it either has just falling off or going to be falling off. So you want to be very gentle there. And then snap up the little snaps. And again, your baby may be starting to calm down because they're getting warmer. They have some material on them. Snap all the proper snaps. And if they're an infant, then you want to reswaddle them. And that's usually until they're about three months old. So after they have their clothes.

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