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Nah, just kidding! but let's talk about what to dress your baby in … some ‘Cute As’ practical tips

How exciting as you approach the final days of carrying your baby bump to carrying your baby! As a new mum, you will have found it hard to resist the pull to the baby section of shops and the very cute and beautiful outfits. I recall as a new mum, I didn’t realise that in between regular feeds, nappy changes, washing, and other domestic bliss that during the ‘in betweens’, my baby did a lot of sleeping! Did you know that new babies can sleep up to 18 hours per day? So, whilst all those gorgeous outfits were trendy and cool, the practicalities of meeting the needs of baby was more often than not the deciding factor!

So, for our first tip (especially during the first 3 months or so), little ones’, just like us adults, will get a more fitful and restful sleep in clothing that is designed specifically for comfort and sleeping. We suggest that you have a good range of onesies or body suits for comfort – and for your convenience, snaps around the legs and crutch for easy of nappy changing (yes, there will be a lot of that!). Organic cotton is a perfect option as it is naturally soft and gentle on sensitive or hypoallergenic skin as it is free from toxins (all Cute As products are made from GOTS approved fabric).

Our second tip is about sizing. Did you know that your baby will grow faster in their first four months than any other time? By 12 months, they will have tripled their birth weight and grown approximately 20-25cm in height. Yes, you guessed it! They very quickly outgrow their clothes. We suggest that you try and resist buying clothes too far in advance as oftentimes baby never gets to wear them as they are the wrong size for the wrong season! And remember, it is about comfort, and as you would know, there is nothing pleasant about wearing clothing that is a bit too snug and restricting or too big and heavy. 

With that in mind, the rule of thumb when purchasing clothing is that height and weight (rather than age) is a better indicator of clothing size. Carefully check the sizing charts as they will vary from brand to brand and country to country. Below is a general guide:

Generic Size Chart

Our final tip, is to keep it simple! Having a baby is both an exhausting and wonderful experience. Don’t over complicate something that doesn’t need to be. A baby in comfortable and snug clothing that is soft on their sensitive skin is going to be more settled than a baby who is in clothing that is irritable on their skin. Think about organic cotton as the natural fibres are both soft and breathable which also helps regulate baby’s body temperature. All Cute As organic products are made with GOTS approved fabric (that is, they are produced free of toxins) and are gentle on sensitive skin.

Take care,

Kate & Kim

Well I’m not a ‘new’ Mum, I’m not even a ‘new’ Nan! I have two grown children both married with kids of their own, I was widowed and became a single mum. Remarried and gained 7 step children all grown and with children of their own, except one, she and her partner are content to have a dog. And a football team or two of grandkids and foster children. So you could say I have had a bit of experience. From nappy rash to microwaved cats, yes it’s true, but we will leave that for another day.

It is interesting to listen to all the young new mums’ blogging away about successful parenting, and whilst on the most part, all I read is very good advice, but from my experience, the most important aspect of parenting is respect – respect for yourself and respect for your child and understanding that what works for one may not work for another, and it is important to remember that that is okay! Successful parenting is understanding what works best for you and your child – and that was exactly my experience, as I had to adjust my style to accommodate the unique personalities of each of my children.

If I was to give any advice on the matter, what I would say is that ‘parenting’ is a journey not a destination! So enjoy the many phases along the way. That old saying ‘Life is short’ is oh so true and it is fleeting, it goes so quickly. Baby’s one minute and you blink in your busy life and then find your baby has babies.

Second and most important tip, get help! Don’t try to do it on your own, have a good support network around you, such as your mum, sister, cousin or friends – they will love to take baby for a few minutes while you sit and have a cuppa or just some down time for yourself. Of course, everyone will want to give you advice, you’ll soon learn to filter the good from the not so good – trust your own intuition! And most importantly, there is no need to reinvent the wheel!

Okay, so back to filtering the good from the bad advice – and it is ok to laugh at me, I do all the time.  When my son was born I was only 22 years, he was 8lb 14oz or 3.692kg, he was a healthy eater and I breast fed.  He liked his food, he just ate and ate, one feed finished and within less than 2 hrs he was up and wanting more. My hubby called him the Michelin man which is a brand of tyres because he looked like he was made of a pile of tyres he had so many rolls. He said this with affection but he was a little more than chubby.  He threw up all the time, projectile! I had to take 3 sets of clothes for him and 4 for me if we went out anywhere.  The first Christmas, Santa didn’t want to hold him in case he threw up on him  anyway, my mother-in-law told me that it was because my milk was sour.  I was devastated to think I was feeding my baby sour milk…… Really! Could that even be true? I was so naïve. Yes I trusted her and what she said. I so should have asked someone else. If you’re not sure ask! No one will make fun of you or your lack of knowledge, I have raised my two and now have grandchildren, I also foster care and I still have to ask.

One of my grandsons is autistic and he doesn’t sleep well.  My daughter was perplexed a few months back when a Paediatrician told her to put dark curtains at his window and turn off the light and lock him in of a night and let him sort it out. Not keen to put this plan into action, she sought my advice to talk it through. In the end we agreed the dark curtains were a good idea, but he is scared of the dark, so she has put a little night light on for him, and will gradually dull it until he becomes accustomed and comfortable with the change so he can safely overcome his fear of the dark. The important lesson here is that it didn’t feel right so she asked for help – not that she really needed to but it was good to know that someone had her back!

Life and motherhood are full of little bleepers so keep a journal.  It is entertaining to sit with a cuppa and read what you wrote and how you felt on certain days over certain events and you will find them much more humorous after few weeks, months maybe years down the track, depending on the incident. Some incidents take longer to move for trauma to humour, like the microwaved cat (and just to relieve any fears, it all worked out in the end – thankfully, no harm done).

Find a little quote that you can repeat over to yourself, my daughter always sings the Frozen theme song to me ‘let it go, let it go’ or perhaps the serenity prayer ‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference’.  Mine was ‘be patient God hasn’t finished with them yet’.

Take care! X

Kim

Cotton is breathable!!!! That is, the air flows through the fibres allowing it to breath unlike its synthetic or oil-based nemesis! It is perfect for clothing worn close to the skin as its conductive properties keep the body cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Some of the benefits that are hard to pass up:

  • ‘Kids just wanna have fun!’ and cotton stands up to the dirt test again and again – it is both practical and durable, those little cotton fibres are pretty tough!
  • And after a hard day’s play, just throw them in the washing machine and your work is done! Cotton is one of the easiest fabrics to care for – just be sure to follow the care instructions for optimal results.
  • Being breathable means it doesn’t retain odours – so more wear, wash less (sounding pretty good to me!).
  • Cotton is not clingy! It is soft, absorbent and breathable and as it can’t hold an electric charge, your cotton clothes won’t cling or stick to you and irritate your skin. The absorbency of cotton keeps the moisture away from the skin. In fact, cotton is so absorbent it can hold up to 27 times its own weight in water!
  • Versatility is the key! Cotton can be woven or knitted into a whole range of fabrics such as chambray, lace, corduroy, jersey and terry, so no matter whether it is work, sleep or play – cotton has your back!

I reckon we have ‘cottoned on’ to something pretty cool here. In addition to these fantastic benefits, organic cotton offers even more – read all about it in our blog ‘what’s so great about organic cotton’.

Feel free to browse our store and check out our store and check out our 100% organic products.

Take care,

Kate & Kim

'Cute As' is very proud to announce the accreditation of our 'Cute As' Designer Range as meeting the Australian Made standards. That means, that we are accredited to use the Australian Made logo on our 'Cute As' Designer products, which means you can be 100% confident that our products have been designed and made right here in Australia.

Displaying the Australian Made logo is the best way to identify genuine Aussie products! The logo campaign was launched back in 1986 by the then Prime Minster Bob Hawke to encourage Australians to buy genuine Aussie products and in doing so reinvesting back into the Australian community and economy. The 'Australian Made' logo is now in its third decade and research has show that it is both universally recognised (98%) and trusted (89%).

You will find our products listed and approved on the Australian Made official website

Kim & Kate

 

 

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