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How to Dress Baby for Every Season

Updated on March 10, 2014

Getting Started

This is an experience every new parent has at least once: you’re in the grocery store with your adorable baby. People smile at you – no, not at you, at your baby.

People coo. People ooh and aww. And then someone approaches and feels compelled to put the blanket over your child’s naked feet. “It’s chilly today!” This well-meaning person leaves – and your baby promptly kicks off the blanket.

Other people love to tell you how to dress your baby, but the truth is that, often, baby knows best. But because he can’t tell you in words yet, though, here is your guide for choosing baby clothes for every season.

How Babies Feel the Weather

Many people want to bundle baby up, regardless of the outside temperature. While it is true that babies love to be snuggly and warm, they certainly don’t like to be hot and uncomfortable.

Babies feel both the cold and the heat more than older children and adults. A hot day is hotter; a cold day is colder. Newborns generally need another layer than adults, but “older” babies do not. If it is a t-shirt day for you, it probably is for him as well.

Tips on Dressing Your Little One

Dressing Baby For Summer

In the summer months, onesies are the ideal wardrobe staple for babies. They keep the diaper in place, and they provide a layer of protection between baby and his car seat or other surfaces.

In the heat, contact with this type of fabric or upholstery can cause irritation. Opt for 100 percent cotton onesies or organic baby clothing so your baby’s skin can breathe on hot days, and try to find light colors that do not absorb the sun as much as dark colors.

The important part of dressing in the summer is not necessarily the clothes, but the skin that remains exposed. Make sure you apply sunscreen every 3 to 4 hours to skin that is not covered with clothing, even the scalp.

Being Prepared

As a parent, you are sentenced to carry a diaper bag with you for at least 3 years.

Put in layers to accommodate changes in temperature. Pack a lightweight sweater, pair of pants, and perhaps a lightweight hat, especially if you plan to be out in the evening.

Don't forget to pack extra socks and a few diapers more than you think you'll need. You'll thank yourself later.

Awesome Tips on What to Pack

Dressing Baby For Fall

The weather is getting cooler. Before you get out the snowsuit and fleece, step outside. How would you dress? In the fall, you may need a sweatshirt or perhaps a lightweight jacket. If so, your child does, too. (Again, remember newborns need a bit more warmth). If you go outside in late fall or winter and need a hat and mittens, then put them on your child as well.

Fall Fun

Dressing Baby For Winter

In the winter, before you dress baby, think about what you’re going outside to do. Are you going to brave the long trip from the house to the car? Or are you going to pull your little one in a sled?

If you are just going to the car, don’t layer blanket after blanket onto your child. He will be hot and uncomfortable in the heated car, and then cold again when he gets out. If you need to, put a heavier blanket over him as you go to the car, and then take it off for the ride. If you are playing outside, though, layer up. It is easier to get cooler than warmer in the winter.

Dressing Baby For Spring

By the time spring rolls around, you should be an expert on dressing your child. Will you get it wrong? Sure. Every parent does because every child tolerates temperatures differently. One baby might love to wear socks and a blanket in the fall while another wants his toes free.

To a certain extent, you have to listen to your baby. If you mess up, he will be sure to let you know. Babies know what they need, and they know how to let their parents know, too. When they get older and are too cool for hats and gloves, though, you’ve got to step back in!


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    • Nicole S profile image

      Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Love the Tia and Tamara videos, so cute! This makes me want to have a baby to dress! :) But I'd definitely miss my sleep..

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      Janice S 4 years ago

      Great tips! Layering is the key for all of us and you've picked out so many cute little outfits.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Wow this is a super cute hub. Interesting hub. Thanks for sharing.