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What to Look for When Buying a Baby Coverall

These One-Piece Outfits are a Staple in a Baby Wardrobe.


Baby girl lying on a bed
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Baby coveralls, or one-piece baby outfits, will simplify those first weeks of dressing your newborn baby and will continue to serve you well throughout the diaper-changing stage. No worrying about finding pants that match a shirt - you just slip on one outfit and call it good. Additionally, if your baby loves to squirm, it's much easier than dealing with pulling pants up and down.

However, even though these will make dressing and undressing much easier, your newborn baby is still very delicate, and therefore, you need to consider a few things before you make your purchase.

  • Avoid Zippers. Zippers can easily pinch a baby's skin, and, as a mother who's had it happen, I can honestly say that I've never felt so bad.
  • Look for Shoulder Snaps and Wide Head Openings. Your baby's neck is still very wobbly, so it's best to purchase one-piece outfits that have wide head openings and shoulder snaps, thus reducing the amount of moving you'll have to do with his head.
  • Attached Feet Can Be a Lifesaver. While your newborn won't quite be pulling his socks off yet, it is simply much easier to have one-piece outfits that have attached feet; no searching for tiny baby socks.
  • Wide and Comfortable Wrist and Ankle Cuffs. Comfort is key for newborn baby's, and having clothing that is restricting at the wrist and ankle can be frustrating for them. To make matters worse, since they can't tell you what's wrong, it can be frustrating for you as well.

These are all just little things to keep in mind as you are registering for newborn baby clothes, and also if you are out purchasing baby clothes as gifts. While you may not find a baby coverall with all of these features, you will easily find a large selection that offers several of them.

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