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Your newborn: Clothing

Judge how to dress your baby based on the clothing you need to be comfortable. A temperature that is comfortable for you will also be comfortable for your baby.

  • In the summer, dress your baby in cool, lightweight clothing. When you are outdoors, put a wide-brimmed hat on your baby. Be sure to protect your baby from direct sunlight. Ask your baby's health care provider about using sunscreen.
  • In the winter, dress your baby in layers. Be sure not to overdress your baby. A baby's hands and feet often feel cool. Touch your baby's chest to see if his body is too warm or too cool.

 

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, sixth edition, preg-ahc-90026, ISBN 1-931876-25-8

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 08/22/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts