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By Sharon Schneider, Moxie Jean CEO
Each time I've brought a baby home from the hospital--I've done it three times now--I learned something new about what we really needed.
First, you will be relieved to know you don’t need baby clothes for the time you are in the hospital. The nurses dress your baby in a little onesie and keep him/her wrapped up in a thin "receiving blanket." They also put a little hat on the baby's head to keep it warm, as babies aren't great at regulating their body temperature and they lose a lot of heat through their heads.
So the time actually in the hospital is taken care of. But what about departure day? Here are my top 5 tips for when it’s time to go home:
For that going home outfit, you will want something picture-worthy. But remember it has to be comfortable, too. I put a plain onesie underneath, and lean toward one-piece outfits on top.
Watch the head
Or better yet, avoid it. For new parents, dealing with the floppy head of a newborn is scary stuff! They just seem so delicate. Think about the neck opening of newborn clothes. You want a nice roomy neck and preferably something that buttons in front so you don't have to fit it over their head or figure out how to get snaps done on the baby's back. I also avoid lace or other fussy stuff around the neck as it is more likely to just be annoying or scratchy for that precious sensitive skin.
Bring a backup outfit
Your baby might be a cute little 6 lbs 5 oz. munchkin. Mine were not. They were all over 8 pounds at birth, and my son was almost 10 pounds. So they wore size newborn for like five minutes. Go light on the newborn-size clothing and bring a back-up outfit in size 0-3 mos.
Keep it simple
Look, you have to put the baby into a car seat in whatever cute outfit you dress him/her in. Remember that means a buckle between the legs and over the shoulders. Too much frill and fuss will not make your baby happy.
Bring a blanket for covering the baby on the ride home
Even if it's 90 degrees out, you are going to want to cover those delicate, tiny little legs. And the hospital won't let you take theirs.
Bonus tip: Pack up all the stuff the hospital gives you. Washcloths, wipes, diapers, creams, soaps and lotions, pacifiers. Hospitals are like restaurants and if you don't use whatever they put out for you, they just throw it out. So clean out the bottom of your baby's hospital crib: you can use the supplies when traveling and to stock your diaper bag.
This post was originally published in August, 2013.
Images from iStock
Sharon Schneider is co-founder & CEO of Upscale Resale web site Moxie Jean, which sells hand-picked newborn baby clothes from Newborn to Size 8. She and her husband are raising their three young kids in the Chicagoland area.
Opinions expressed by parent contributors are their own.