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How to Make Dressing Baby Fun


Most babies seem to prefer going naked to being dressed, which can make things tricky for moms struggling to get a onesie on a squirmy kiddo. Try these tips to make dressing baby more fun and easy!

1. Go Easy

a mom dressing her baby

Help your babe enjoy being dressed by choosing simple clothes that are super comfy. Babies spend most of their time sleeping, eating, or exploring, so now is not the age to suffer for fashion! Your baby might wear only onesies and sweatpants for the first year of his life, and that's OK.

2. Think Cute

a mom dressing her baby

Your little one would happily wear a potato sack if it was comfortable. But you're the one seeing them, so why not pick outfits that make you happy? There's no need to dress your baby in gifted items or hand-me-downs you hate just because they were free. Instead, put your little in clothes you like and that won't make you cringe when you see them later in pictures.

3. Time It

Mother dressing her baby

Everything's easier when your baby is cooing at you instead of wailing, right? Aim for getting him dressed at a time when he's well-rested and happy to see his mama. A baby's good mood and gummy smile are truly contagious!

4. Play Peek-A-Boo

funny baby dressing

Distract your babe from the task at hand with a game of peek-a-boo. Try variations such as covering her eyes, covering your eyes, and lifting her legs up and down to alternately conceal and reveal her face, all while talking sweetly to her. She'll love it!

5. Be Ready

Baby equipment

Pick an outfit and grab your diapering gear before you strip baby down. Having everything you need collected before you start will help make the process as quick as possible (less chance for baby to wriggle away!).

6. Enlist Help

Getting the Baby Dressed

Older brothers and sisters who love to help are great at distracting baby and running to grab forgotten items. They might also like to pick out their tiny sibling's outfit; let them choose between two if you're concerned about what you'll end up with!

7. Keep It Cozy

a mom dressing her baby

Dress your little in a toasty room for best results. No one wants to get naked in a chilly spot, even a baby who loves taking his clothes off!

8. Sing

mom getting baby ready

Babies love songs, so why not bust out with a little "Hokey Pokey" while you're putting baby's "right hand in" her onesie sleeve? She'll also love it if you participate to "do the hokey pokey and turn yourself about." Fun!

9. Put It On, Don't Pull It On

Little baby girl getting dressed by her mother

Skip the struggle of pulling shirts and onesies over your little one's head by choosing button down tops or onesies that snap up or along the side. They're as easy to take off as well, should there be a diaper blow-out later!

10. Enjoy!

Little baby boy dressed up in suit with bowtie

Your little one might seem tough to dress now, but remember that he'll never again be as little, as helpless, and as completely dependent on you as he is now. So try to enjoy dressing your baby as much as you can now—it usually gets harder once they hit the toddler years, yikes!

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