I must confess, the inspiration for this article came from my own experiences with the birth of our first child. The nurse, when showing us how to dress her, asked us if we had a bodysuit for our little girl. We handed it to her, only to be told that no, that wasn’t it. Turns out we never bought one of the most essential, cheapest items of baby clothing, simply because we thought it was something else!
So to save yourself any similar embarrassment, here is the rundown of this essential item.
An infant bodysuit is similar to a t-shirt, but with an extra bit that fastens between their legs. Some have short sleeves, others have long, and they’re available in a variety of fabrics and thicknesses. Stock up on these: they’re cheap, and you’ll need a lot of them.
They’re also known by many other names too, but many of them (like ‘Onesies’ and ‘Babygros’) are actually trademarked brands. Other people might use the terms ‘undershirt’ or ‘creeper’… it’s probably no wonder we got confused!
Here’s a few things to watch out for:
- Make sure they can snap open so you can change their diaper easily. We got a gift of a beautiful bodysuit once, but it had buttons underneath which took far too long to open. Be practical, and go for snaps (apparently, there’s Velcro versions too, but I’ve never tried them).
- Comfort, comfort, comfort. That’s what it’s all about, so make sure the fabric is a nice soft cotton with no zips or anything that will irritate or scratch your baby’s delicate skin.
- Get a range of sizes and thicknesses, and plenty of spares. It’s difficult to tell how quickly they’ll grow, how much of a mess they’ll make, or even how much their body temperature will fluctuate. Be prepared for all of this, and expect to change their bodysuit several times a day.
Finally, babies don’t like things being put over their head, so make sure the neck opening is wide so that the bodysuit can be put on quickly. Roll up the sides, hold the neck open, then get it over their head before they have time to realize what’s happening.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, my daughter got over the trauma of being the only girl in the hospital without a bodysuit. We quickly stocked up, and she really doesn’t mention it very much any more.
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