Newborn Coming Home Hospital Onesie
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Make a sweet Coming Home Hospital Onesie for the newest addition to the family!
When I was pregnant two years ago I couldn’t wait for my little one to come home in the outfit I designed for him (you can see it here). I made him a lot of onesies while I anxiously waited to meet him, it helped pass the time and it was a great stress reliever for me. Because we all know how stressful pregnancy can be!
With the new year here I know quite a few babies that are arriving soon! I’m so excited for everyone I know that is having a little one, and I can’t wait to shower those babies with sweet homemade gifts. And because I truly believe that every newborn should look cute and stylish from the moment they leave the hospital, this coming home hospital onesie will definitely be in the mama-to-be’s gift basket!
Nothing can quite describe that euphoric feeling you get when the baby finally gets to come home with you. I remember being so elated (and scared out of my mind) as we drove away from the hospital. Our little guy barely cried in the NICU, but once we got home he showed us that he had a pair of lungs and wasn’t afraid to use them! Parenthood quickly went from, “Oh sweet baby we’re so glad you’re here” to “holy cow, this just got real”.
I truly believe that nothing can prepare you for being a first time parent. You hear stories from family and friends, you think you’ll be able to handle it, and then those sleepless nights hit and you realize that you have to learn your babies cues just like they have to learn about you. Parenthood is truly an adventure. One that is spectacular, hard, gratifying, and incredibly worthwhile; but testing you all the same. You will never learn more about yourself and your partner than you do in the first few months.
Your adventure to parenthood starts the moment you see two lines on the little stick, but it doesn’t truly begin until you have that little bundle of joy here with you. That’s why I made this Adventure Begins onesie for all the new parents out there. You’re about to go for the ride of your life!
Want to make your own Coming Home Hospital Onesie?
- Newborn Onesie (blank, in whatever color you choose)
- Heat Transfer Vinyl (I bought mine here)
- Silhouette Cameo
- Iron & Ironing board (or a heat press if you’re lucky enough to own one!)
- Pillowcase or a Teflon Sheet
- Adventure Begins SVG Design
PRO TIP: Always make sure that your design is mirrored BEFORE cutting it out! You want it to look backwards until you go to place it on your onesie.
+ Cut out your FREE Adventure Begins design and weed the vinyl. Set it aside.
+ Warm up your iron and iron out the onesie. Fold the onesie in half and iron the crease. This will help you center your design when you go to place it on your onesie.
+ Measure an inch down from the collar and place your Adventure Awaits design down on your onesie. Look at it and make sure that your design now reads the right way! This is important, do this BEFORE you iron it on.
+ Cover the design with your pillowcase or teflon sheet and press (hard) on your design. Do this for 45-60 seconds and then peel up the teflon sheet (or pillowcase). If you notice that some of your design hasn’t stuck to the onesie, put your cover back on the design and press again for another 45-60 seconds. Keep doing this until your design sticks!
This coming home hospital onesie is so sweet and I love how it turned out. It’ll be the perfect gift for all of the mommies-to-be that I know!
Do you know anyone having a baby this year? Would you gift them this Coming Home Hospital Onesie?
Check out more Heat Transfer Vinyl Projects to try!
How Many Clothes to Buy Before Baby Is Born
Wondering how many clothes to buy before baby is born? Here’s a baby clothes checklist of what to get, from onesies to sleepers, in the newborn stage.
“So… how many clothes are we supposed to buy?” I asked my husband.
As a new mom, I didn’t exactly know what types of clothes to get for our baby, not to mention how many. Sizes aren’t always consistent across different brands, so I wasn’t sure if I should even get the newborn size clothing or jump straight to 0-3 month size.
I knew to pack a hospital bag, but even then, I didn’t know how many of the baby’s clothes I should back. And then, there’s the weather to contend with, considering how unreliable its changes can be. That’s how I found myself with a newborn in late October and the air conditioning on, unprepared for the heat wave.
How many clothes to buy before the baby is born
So, how do you know what baby clothes, which sizes, and how many to buy of each?
After three kids, I’ve learned that one week’s worth of baby clothes is the ideal scenario. You’ll have enough clothes to go through without doing laundry too often. You also won’t have to purchase too many that end up forgotten or hardly used (especially if you’re trying to be frugal).
But what exactly is one week’s worth of clothes? After all, newborns are notorious for spit ups and messy diaper changes. Here’s a checklist of newborn essentials and must-haves:
- Onesies: 14-21 pieces. Depending on the weather, you might want to get long-sleeve bodysuits as well.
- Pants: 14 pieces. I didn’t go out of my way to buy shorts, even when the weather was warm. If it’s truly warm, a onesie works well on its own.
- Pajamas: 7-10 pieces. I recommend the kind with a zipper, or even a sleep sack or gown, but not the kind with snaps that you have to button.
- Socks: 7-10 pairs. You may not need socks every day, but they can get lost in the laundry easily.
- Swaddles: 2-3 pieces. You can use the same swaddle each time your baby sleeps, but having extras on hand will buy you time from having to do laundry right away.
- Sleep sack: 2 pieces.
- Hat: one piece.
- Jacket or sweater: 2-3 pieces.
- Extras: Keep a onesie, a pair of pants, and socks in your diaper bag as a backup.
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Should you buy newborn sizes?
Ask any mom whether to buy newborn sizes, and the answer you get will likely depend on the size of her baby at birth. Some will say they bought newborn sizes that their nine-pound baby wore for a week, tops. Others will say they didn’t buy them and their little one was swimming in 0-3 month size baby clothes.
So, what should you do?
I recommend buying a week’s worth of newborn clothes, but don’t open or wash all of them yet. Even if you don’t need them, you can always return or exchange unused ones for the size you need. Those that you did use can always be given away or donated.
Having some on hand will at least prevent you from scrambling to the store or washing loads of laundry in case you do. Of the ones you do get, start with the basics like onesies and pants, not outfits.
And once your baby has outgrown the newborn size, don’t feel like you have to buy the rest of sizes right away or fill your drawers. In fact, only get baby clothes up to three months. You can then reassess at that point how many clothes, and which types, to buy.
Best practices for buying baby clothes
Take a look at these tips when buying your baby’s clothes:
- Get more basics and fewer outfits. Cute newborn baby clothes are great for special occasions or photos. But for daily wear, basics are your best bet, especially for frequent changing.
- Buy seasonal or cute outfits as you go. If you are going to buy cute outfits, do so when the event is going to happen within the month. For instance, don’t buy your baby’s Halloween costume in the middle of summer yet. Even seasonal clothing like jackets are best purchased closer to when you’ll need it.
- Add clothes to your baby registry. Then, wait until after your baby shower to buy the rest that you want that others hadn’t gifted you.
- Find free or affordable baby clothes. I’m a big fan of local Buy Nothing groups (often found on Facebook). Make an ask for baby clothes, and I’m certain plenty of parents will be more than happy to pass their gently-used items to you. Hand-me-downs from friends are fantastic, as are consignment stores for affordable clothes.
- Bring one baby outfit for the hospital. Many hospitals will provide baby’s first clothes while you’re there, but you’ll need an outfit to dress him in to go home.
Hopefully you’ve come away with a few tips about how many clothes to buy before your baby is born. Rest assured, there’s no one right answer. Even “mistakes” like buying too many or not enough are easily fixable.
But coming prepared, including the number of clothes you have at the ready, can make welcoming your baby that much easier. Here’s to you and your little one (and all the little onesies he’ll wear!).
Get more tips:
- The Ultimate Newborn Shopping List for Expecting Moms
- How to Prepare for a Newborn
- 10 Baby Items You Don’t Really Need
- The Third Trimester To Do List: What to Do Before the Baby Comes
- Come Prepared with These Hospital Bag Essentials
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How to properly dress a newborn at home?
“Suddenly it will be blown!” — one of the main fears of young mothers immediately after discharge. It is also a popular topic of debate between not-too-anxious moms and too-anxious grandmothers. A newborn baby looks so fragile and unprotected that you instinctively want to wrap him in all the blankets at once, put on a warm hat and woolen socks. And it doesn’t matter that it’s summer outside! There is the wind! Of course, pediatricians have their own expert opinion on the issue of the baby’s wardrobe, it’s a pity that not all mothers guess to ask doctors in order to avoid unnecessary worries. Well, another solution is to study the recommendations on the Internet. Today we are dealing with the question of what to wear on a baby at home.
What to wear for a baby at home
You have returned home from the hospital, and this is where the fun begins. In the hospital, most children are in swaddling clothes, and nannies give advice on how to swaddle. Now you, baby and a whole package of brand new beautiful things are left to your own devices. Choose — I do not want! How to make the right choice?
Do not panic. Firstly, pediatricians have very specific recommendations on the temperature regime and appropriate clothing for the room.
The optimal air temperature for a newborn is 20-24 degrees. The humidity index should be 30-50%. If you don’t have a thermometer, it’s better to get one. Temperatures higher or lower than this will prevent your baby from sleeping comfortably. And yes, you can surprise your grandmothers, but lower is better than higher! Babies tolerate overheating worse than hypothermia. The baby has not yet developed sweat glands that help adults cool, so it is difficult for his body to cope with overheating.
Good air circulation in the room is also important for the baby. Therefore, regular airing, especially in the warm season, is good, but hanging canopies on the bed is not very good.
Do not be afraid of drafts, be afraid of stale dry air. If the air is dry and the baby is hot, this can lead to drying of the nasal mucosa, as well as thickening of the gastrointestinal juices, which in turn can provoke painful colic.
At a temperature of 22-23 degrees, the baby only needs one thin blouse and a flannel diaper or cotton overalls with long sleeves and closed legs. If the temperature approaches 25, a sleeveless jumpsuit and a short-sleeve vest will do.
What to wear for a baby at home in winter
The main problem of winter in the apartment is not that it gets colder. In most homes, the heating system works well during the winter. The problem is that the heating appliances dry out the air. You can use special humidifiers to remedy the situation, or hang a damp towel near the crib.
In the transitional period, when it is already quite cool outside the window, and the heating has not yet been turned on, you can put on a fleece or fleece overalls over cotton clothes on the baby.
If the temperature in the room does not fall below 18 degrees, the cap will be superfluous. A cap at home is not needed at all, the child will not get a cold of the head or ears at home, even when airing.
Socks at home will not be useful if the baby is wearing sliders or a slip with closed feet.
During sleep, you can wrap the baby with a thin baby blanket if he sleeps separately from his mother. So he will be warmer and more comfortable. But it is important to ensure that the blanket does not fall on the face, does not cover the mouth and nose. The blanket must be light, an adult will not work. For a night’s sleep, when the temperature drops a little, and the baby hardly moves, you can use a special cotton envelope.
What clothes should a baby have
As for the aesthetic and model component, it is up to the taste of the parents. Now there is such a variety of beautiful and interesting clothes for kids that the head is spinning. However, it must be remembered that babies do not like to change clothes, and they don’t care about fashion trends and the opinions of others about their appearance, they generally don’t care what to wear. But if the clothes are uncomfortable, press, rub, fetter — the child will definitely let you know about this, so much so that parents will have to reckon with his opinion.
Basic clothing requirements for newborns:
- natural fabrics;
- calm colors;
- seams out;
- appropriate size.
Nothing should disturb and rub. That is why baby diapers in the first days of life can be considered a very good solution. However, if you are not a fan of swaddling, finding comfortable clothes for babies is not at all a problem now.
By the way, not only the quality of the clothes itself is important, but also the proper care of them. For washing, use special baby powders or gels «0+», they are hypoallergenic. After washing, things need to be dried properly, and for newborns it is still desirable to iron on both sides.
How to understand if the baby is cold or overheated
To understand that it is time to dress the baby warmer, your touch will help. But not to the hands and feet, but to the neck and upper back. Cool feet are an indicator of normal thermoregulation. It is the cold neck and back that are indicators that the baby is cold. If we are talking about the limbs, then it is possible to determine the comfortable temperature for the baby from them, but by the areas of the folds. If the skin on the folds is cool, dress the baby a little warmer.
But if the skin on the back and in the folds is hot and damp, remove one layer of clothing, the baby is hot. Overheating will also be reported by reddened cheeks and an increased pulse.
There is a myth: if a child hiccups, he will certainly freeze. In fact, hiccups may indeed be related to thermoregulation. Upon contact with cool air, the baby’s muscles tense up, the stomach puts pressure on the diaphragm, and the baby begins to hiccup. But that doesn’t mean he’s cold. So the body adapts to changes in temperature, this is normal. There are many other causes of hiccups: swallowed air, overeat, etc.
As for the use of diapers. They must be breathable to ensure constant access of air to the skin of the baby. It’s good if the diaper has reusable Velcro, like Dino & Rhino diapers, so you can periodically arrange air baths for your baby by unfastening the diaper for a few minutes. If the baby is overheated, it is better to remove the diaper and let the baby lie down on the diaper.
Well, we figured out the home wardrobe. The next exciting question: how to dress a child on the street in summer and winter. We will definitely talk about this topic next time.
Neonatal unit | KGBUZ «VKRD No. 3»
Ekaterina Vladimirovna Fedchenko
neonatologist of the highest category
head of neonatal department
Maternity Hospital No. 3 is a medical institution, which, in addition to other departments, has a neonatal department with 40 beds. The department employs 5 neonatologists, all with the highest category, 11 nurses and 5 junior medical staff.
In 2005, our institution became one of the pilot sites for the implementation of the «Mother and Child» project. The activity of this project is aimed at improving the health of women and newborns through the implementation of methods, the effectiveness of which has been proven by modern medicine. What technologies do we currently use in our work: immediately after birth, the newborn is dried with a warm diaper and laid out on the mother’s stomach, thus skin contact between mother and child is carried out, which in turn prevents heat loss to the newborn, the skin of the newborn is populated by the maternal microflora.
The child is put on a cap and socks, then the child is covered with a dry diaper and a blanket. All manipulations with the baby are delayed, by the end of the second hour after birth.
As soon as the newborn and mother are ready, the baby is applied to the breast. We promote exclusive breastfeeding because it is an ideal food for the healthy growth and development of children.
The transfer of the newborn and the mother from the delivery room is carried out jointly in 2-bed and 1-bed wards of the postpartum department. Stay of mother and child together until discharge from the hospital.
The department staff helps the mother to get used to her role, teaches the rules of breastfeeding, pumping, the rules of caring for a newborn.
Healthy newborns are vaccinated in the maternity hospital: in the first 12 hours after birth — vaccination against hepatitis «B», on the 3rd-7th day of life — against tuberculosis.
From the third day of life, audiological screening (a newborn hearing test) is performed.
On the 4th day of life, blood is taken for hereditary metabolic diseases. All manipulations and procedures with a newborn are carried out in the ward with the consent of the mother and in her presence.
After discharge from the maternity hospital, the staff of the department provides counseling by phone, thereby solving all the problems that new mothers face while at home. Doctors of the department conduct consultations in the maternity hospital and at home. Tel. 227-25-21, 227-65-10.
Answers to frequently asked questions
neonatologist of the highest category
Chernobrovova Marina Adolfovna
What should I bring to the maternity hospital for a newborn?
We welcome free swaddling, ie. a newborn child should be dressed in vests, sliders, bodysuits. A hat, socks, diapers, baby cream, powder are also needed.
Do I need pacifiers, feeding bottles?
We promote exclusive breastfeeding, which excludes the use of «foreign» aids. If there is a need to use the nipple, then the maternity hospital has everything you need.
What do you need to have for discharge?
- For baby: baby’s undershirt, romper, blouse, socks, mittens, cap, hat, blanket or envelope, tape, diapers.
- For mom: underwear, clothes, shoes.
What vaccinations are given at the maternity hospital?
Immediately after birth, within 12 hours, the mother is offered to vaccinate her child against hepatitis B. To do it or not can be decided on several points. First, according to the state of the child at the time of birth. He is evaluated by a neonatologist, and my mother cannot help here. The doctor suggests vaccinating only if the child is doing well (good is 8-9, even 7-9 points on the Apgar scale). It should be noted that vaccination can be carried out even for premature babies (if their condition is satisfactory). Secondly, I strongly recommend vaccinating against hepatitis B for newborns whose mothers have hepatitis or are carriers of it. Infection can occur during childbirth, so it is necessary to administer the vaccine immediately so that the child has time to develop immunity and the baby remains healthy. You also need to vaccinate your child if someone in the family is sick or is a carrier of hepatitis. On the 3rd-7th day of life, a newborn is given BCG (tuberculosis vaccine). There are strict indications and contraindications for this vaccination. There is an order according to which it is done only to a healthy baby, with sufficient body weight and with positive dynamics of the latter.
Recently, the opinion about the negative impact of vaccinations has become popular in society. Tell me what do you think about this?
I believe that in our country a wrong trend of a negative attitude towards vaccinations is being formed. All over the world, in Western Europe, in the USA, for example, there is absolutely no such thing and cannot be, because vaccination is the child’s right to health, and their infringement should be punished by law.