Handling Cute Baby Clothes

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Let’s face it, being a parent is tough. First time parents soon realize that taking care of a baby is a lot of work. Probably the most difficult part of being a parent is not really having any time for yourself. If your little one is awake, then you are watching them (even when they are asleep you are probably at least thinking about them). Being a parent is a full-time job that you never get to walk away from.

Being a parent is challenging, but rewarding. Although your newborn will cause you stress, sadness, and frustration, he or she will also bring you huge amounts of joy and happiness. Look for the little things about being a parent that make you happy; like buying your newborn some really cute baby clothes.

A baby in a cute outfit can bring a smile to anyone’s face. However, babies tend to get themselves dirty very often. Unfortunately, it is your job as the parent to try and keep the baby clean (a difficult task indeed). Washing baby clothes by hand takes a very long time. For this reason, it is a good idea to make sure that the clothing you buy is machine washable. Most baby clothing nowadays are machine ready, but you’ll still want to check before purchasing, especially when you buy something expensive.

Here’s a major timesaving trick when you are a new parent and you are feeling overwhelmed. Often times babies will get a stain on their onesie or whatever type of clothing they are wearing. If you simply wait and then throw the stained clothing in the laundry later, you will find that the stain is never fully removed. The obvious solution is to stop and scrub the stain when it occurs. However, this is time consuming and sometimes you just don’t have the energy to stop every few hours and scrub out your baby’s newest mess. In these situations, you can set up a large bucket of water and detergent somewhere. The larger the bucket the better. When your baby does something that stains their clothing, simply throw the outfit into the bucket of water and detergent. Water has amazing corrosive abilities and over time it will erode the stain. Then, when you are ready, simply put the baby clothing through the normal washing cycle. This is a great way to keep your baby’s clothes clean without having to scrub every few hours.

Life as a parent is difficult, but when our babies are in cute baby clothing, it just seems to make life enjoyable. Trying to keep all of your baby’s clothes is difficult, but if you have a bucket of water and detergent set apart somewhere, you will save some time. And we all know that as parents, we just wish we had more time.

History 101: Baby Onesies

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Have you ever wondered what Dr. Seuss called the suits worn by the Cat’s accomplices in his book, The Cat in the Hat? Do you know what I am talking about? Okay. Thing 1 and Thing 2 are the reckless behaving twins who bring nothing but nuisance as they jumble words. This book was published March 12, 1957 and showcased the twins sporting red sleepers that extended to all extremities.

Today, people call this type of clothing a onesie and it is worn by a lot of babies worldwide. The baby onesies name is actually a registered trademark of Gerber Childrenswear LLC. Due to its popularity as a brand, it has become a regular household term for bodysuits. This clothing is designed to hide a diaper when worn. Not only does this item conceal diapers from a baby’s spectators but it has also aided a lot of parents when it comes to diaper changing because of its easy snap-unsnap scheme.

Apart from being widely known as a onesie, this one-piece cottony leotard-like clothing but with sleeves and snaps is also called a bodysuit, onesize, mameluco, creeper, romper suits,  sleepers, Babygro, diaper shirts and Snapsuits. It is called bodysuit as a non-swimming wear while onesize is the American English term for bodysuit. Mameluco means “mono” in Spain that protects the entire body as one while creepers to indicate infant clothing. Romper suits are similar to a coverall. Sleepers because it is a sleeping wear like pyjamas. Babygro is another trademark brand for all-in-one baby suit that was invented in U.S. around 1950’s by Walter Artzt while diaper shirts as diaper keepers. And finally, Snapsuits was Wry Baby’s authorized word for a cotton one-piece style garment for babies.

Whatever they coin this item to be called, it only means a t-shirt like clothing with snaps at the crotch area. The snaps were made for a more convenient method of changing the baby’s diaper. All of its features are for the baby and parent’s comfort. It is invented to keep diapers in place which the adhesives of the diaper cannot assure. It is made of cotton because of the material’s durability that can withstand stretching which is good for babies because they grow fast. And since they mature quickly especially in length, extenders have been devised as well to make the lifespan of this clothing longer, hopefully until they reach the potty training stage. This thing has served well many families in terms of practicality – from being low-cost to easy baby handling, from trendy to personality showcasing. Truly, it is counted as one of the greatest attire ever created for babies.

Different Types of Baby Onesies

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Gone are the days of exclusively plain white baby onesies. Now the baby onesie is a must-have in every baby wardrobe, not just for convenience, but for style. Baby can wear different colors, sayings, and pictures without you having to deal with both a shirt and a onesie (which was often formerly used as an undershirt only). And the great news is that baby can’t read yet, so he won’t object when you make him don that “I’d Rather Be Naked” onesie (while it may still be true when he’s 10, chances are he won’t approve). You can even get polo onesies, which add a little class to baby’s wardrobe.

Of course, we have the regular baby onesie with either short or long sleeves in a variety of colors and prints. The regular onesie is pulled over baby’s head and generally has three snaps at the bottom to keep it in place. The regular onesie is by far the most common, thus making it easiest to find and generally the cheapest.

The kimono baby onesie (also referred to as “side snap onesie”) is a great option because mom doesn’t have to pull anything over baby’s head – which makes both involved parties happy, especially at first when baby’s neck isn’t very strong and mom isn’t as practiced with baby-dressing. With a kimono baby onesie, you simply place the baby in the onesie, wrap it around him and fasten in place, thus avoiding the awkward over-the-head yanking. Plus, the kimono baby onesie offers a unique look over the regular onesie, and comes in some ever-so-cute varieties.

Another great yank-decreasing alternative is the baby onesie with two snaps near the neck. While this doesn’t entirely eliminate the over-the-head pulling, it does make it significantly easier. If baby has a larger than average head (bless your soul for giving him birth), these onesies make a fantastic choice.
Snap extenders are also available for your sumo-legs little one, or if junior hits a growth spurt and suddenly gets taller than his onesie. These extenders snap to either side of the bottom three snaps on baby’s onesie, increasing the length, leg room, and overall life of the onesie.

So whether ease or style is your main concern, the baby onesie has just what you’re looking for.

Dress Up Faster with Baby Onesies

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Nothing beats dressing up a baby with baby clothes like onesies. As the name suggests, you will just be using clothing that will cover the entire body of the baby. Baby onesies paved a new way in clothing design years ago and have proven they belong over the years.

Baby onesies are convenient because of buttons that are located at the bottom. This offers convenience when changing diapers. You would find it troublesome to dress up a baby with clothes that have not been strategically thought of. When the baby poops rather than having to undress the baby entirely or spending quite a lot of time just reaching for the diapers, use a onesie instead. It will save you time and allows easy access to the diapers.

Today, there are quite a lot of designs put into these baby onesies. Some even have punk designs for those parents who want their baby to look cool. There are also designs that have cute statements that you would just love to read over and over again while admiring how cute the baby is. Like any other baby clothes, onesies can be designed easily to make your baby look more adorable.

Onesies offer convenience on changing clothes at any time and place. It is faster to change a baby than that of two piece clothing. Just unlock the buttons and just take off the entire thing in just a few seconds. A moment later you will just slide in a new onesie and you’re all set to go. You and your baby will be able to enjoy more fun moments together.

Choose clothing that is comfortable for the baby. During summer when it is hot, having just a baby onesie and diaper will definitely help keep your baby cool. Due to being mass produced, you might want to check out the clothing properly being buying it. Choose those that have buttons that cannot annoy or harm the baby. Also choose onesies that allow you to easily change the diapers.

There are already quite a number of designers out there who create wonderful designs of onesies but you can do it too. Just get a plain onesie and take out some shape templates. Once you got the right shape and size of the design, you can then just stitch it directly on the onesie. And you can congratulate yourself that you’ve done a good job in designing the clothes of your baby.

Having trouble changing up your baby? Worry no more, save time during diaper changes by using a onesie.

The Origin of Baby Onesies

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The baby “Onesie” is actually a name given to the baby bodysuit, creeper, snapsuit, or diaper shirt by Gerber Childrensware, Inc. Over time the term has basically become standard American English, much as “Kleenex” is now the norm instead of “facial tissue”. Baby onesies have really been around for quite awhile, in some form or another, effectively rendering them a tried-and-tested option for your baby. Fortunately, all this trying and testing by mothers for a hundred years, coupled with technological advances, has brought about many spiffy improvements over what your great-grandma wore.

The 1920s-style romper is the ancestor of the baby onesie as we know it, though in the 20s, most babies (even the boys) were still sporting the dress-style of clothing, probably for ease. Although the snaps that make onesies so convenient were invented in 1885, it was by a German inventor named Heribert Bauer and they weren’t quite the type we know today. Thus, this onesie uses buttons and what appears to be very scratchy material, rather than the snaps and soft cotton models we get to dress our babies in now.

By the 1950s we had our beloved snaps on the baby onesies, plus a little color. The fit wasn’t quite the same, but chances are good that babies of the day didn’t notice or care, though their mothers really should have noticed the granny-panty (predecessor of the “Steve Urkel”) look of it. Chances are also good that they didn’t have nearly as many to choose from, as these onesies were made more intricately and thus were more expensive (relatively speaking… after all, we’re talking about a time when gas was $.27 per gallon).

And currently we have the final product, the pièce de résistance of baby onesies, the stylish, comfortable, convenient conglomeration of the past 100 years or so of trial and error in the baby clothing world. It just makes the spine tingle blissfully to think about.

Baby Onesies with Gloves

While baby onesies are terrific, they do lack one aspect that other baby clothes can provide: gloves. Normally onesies don’t really cover your baby’s arms. They definitely don’t cover your baby’s hands even if you get long sleeves. Why is this a problem you ask? For some unknown reason, babies love to scratch themselves, a lot.

Not all babies will be born with long fingernails which may prevent this scratching problem; my son was not so fortunate. From the minute he came out of the womb, he was scratching himself on the face (really hard to watch). Babies’ hands are inexplicably drawn towards their faces, one of the many discoveries I’ve learned about babies. As you can see in this photo, my baby boy is trying to scratch his face; however, the gloves that are built on to his baby clothes are not allowing him to do so. I’ve yet to run into any baby onesies that come with this feature, if you find any then please let me know where in the comment box found below.

Some may say that not having hand protection is a weakness of baby onesies. While I agree with this sentiment, it is also important to note that this problem can be easily resolved by buying baby gloves. Feel free to post good locations to buy baby gloves in the comment box below.