How to Dress a Newborn for Sleep

When it comes to dressing your newborn for bed, comfort is only a part of your considerations. The main concern is safety and reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Even though you may have put a lot of time (and money) into your baby’s wardrobe, the truth is they don’t need a ton of different outfits for their first weeks of life. Selecting the right amount and type of clothing, ensuring your newborn’s safety, and establishing a healthy sleeping environment will give you peace of mind and allow your newborn to sleep comfortably and safely.

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Choosing a Base Layer
Choose a onesie and light pants during warm weather and a long-sleeved onesie and pants when it’s cold out. A base layer should be just that, a layer of clothes you put on your newborn before adding any additional garments. In warmer rooms, a short-sleeved onesie and light pants will provide enough warmth for your newborn. In cooler rooms, your newborn may need a long-sleeved onesie as a base layer. [1]
Select a fitted onesie or a wrap shirt as a base layer of clothing. Your newborn baby is not used to wearing clothes, and a onesie or a wrap shirt will stay in place and keep their tummy and back from being exposed. Plus, with the snaps at the bottom, you don’t have to completely undress your newborn when the inevitable diaper change comes around! [2]
A kimono, or wrap-style shirt opens across the front, so you don’t have to pull the garment over your newborn’s head when changing, which can cause many newborns to fuss.
Depending on the temperature, one layer may be all you need. You can use a long-sleeved onesie and add pants to create a warm base layer.
In temperatures or above a short-sleeved base layer is best.
Check your newborn’s skin to feel how warm or cold they are. You can get a good indication of how warm or cold your newborn is by feeling their skin in a few different places. Check your newborn’s hairline and back of the neck, as well as their extremities like hands and feet. Their skin shouldn’t feel too warm or too cold. Signs that your newborn may be too hot include flushed cheeks, fussiness, or a sweaty back.[3]
As long as the newborn’s head and chest are warm, they should be warm. Newborns naturally have poor circulation and may have feet and hands that are cool to the touch, but this does not always mean they are cold!
If your newborn’s feet feel too cold, you can put on socks or switch the onesie or wrap to one that has footies.[Edit]Selecting a Covering and Accessories
Add one additional layer than what you’re comfortable wearing in the room. This is a good rule of thumb when it comes to dressing your newborn. Layers make it easy to adjust your newborn’s sleepwear if you need to. People tend to overbundle their babies, so it’s important that you don’t overdo the layers and run the risk of your newborn overheating. [4]
If you are comfortable wearing a short-sleeved shirt, then choose a long-sleeved shirt and pants for your newborn.
If you are wearing a sweater to be comfortable, then dress your newborn in a soft sweater over the shirt and onesie or wrap shirt.
Cardigans with snaps rather than crew or V-necks with buttons or zippers make it easier to access and remove layers if needed.
Note: mom’s temperature may fluctuate due to hormones and could affect how she senses temperature.
Use a swaddle or a sleep sack instead of a blanket to wrap your newborn. Swaddling can help calm your newborn and allow them to sleep better by mimicking the feel of the womb.[5] It’s important to avoid clothing or material that can ride up over the newborn’s face and cause a choking hazard or increase the risk of SIDS. That’s where sleep sacks and swaddles can really help, keeping your baby feeling warm and secure! [6]
Do not cover your newborn with a separate, loose blanket as that can cover their faces and pose a potential choking hazard as well.
If you do use a sleep sack or wearable sleep blanket, be sure it doesn’t have a hood!
Never use an electric blanket for your newborn baby.
Check with your doctor for the proper and safe swaddling technique.
Avoid putting hats or beanies on your newborn’s head. Newborn babies cool themselves down by releasing heat from their heads. Your newborn can quickly overheat if they fall asleep wearing a hat or beanie, so it’s important to keep their head uncovered while they sleep. Additionally, the headwear is a potential choking hazard in the crib.[7]
Put mittens on your newborn to prevent them from scratching their face. Newborns can be very active while they sleep and may wriggle an arm or two free from their swaddle or sleep sack. They also can have sharp fingernails and can accidentally scratch their faces while they sleep. A pair of nice, soft mittens can remove the danger if it is a cause for concern![8][Edit]Setting up a Comfortable Sleeping Environment
Set the room temperature to . This is the ideal room temperature range for your newborn baby. However, be sure to keep your newborn away from a direct fan, open window, or air conditioning vent.[9]
If you do not have a thermostat, consider getting a thermometer to monitor the temperature of your newborn’s room.
Use a fan or white noise machine to help your newborn sleep undisturbed. If your home is full of noise, it can hard for a newborn to fall asleep and stay asleep. An easy solution is to use a fan or a white noise machine to drown out any unwanted noises. This can also be helpful if you are traveling or sleeping somewhere other than your newborn’s home environment. While studies have shown that fans do not reduce the risk of SIDS, they can still help your newborn sleep peacefully.[10]
If you do use a fan, do not place it right next to your newborn’s sensitive ears.
Create a safe sleeping environment. Safety is the most important factor for your sleeping newborn. A safe sleeping environment is one that is free of any potential health and safety risks. Suffocation, choking and SIDS are all concerns that you should consider when designating your child’s sleeping space. [11]
Choose a new crib or bassinet that meets the current safety standards.
Choose a firm mattress and avoid soft mattress pads or memory foam.
Only use tight-fitting sheets specifically designed for your mattress.
Make sure there are no gaps between the mattress and the wall of the crib or bassinet.
Make sure there are no extra blankets or accessories such as crib bumpers, pillows, wedges, or stuffed animals.
Check for hazards such as curtain cords or baby monitor wires.
Avoid letting pets, especially cats, near the sleeping space.
While it is usually safe to use a pacifier for bed, never allow your newborn to fall asleep with a bottle.
Newborns should always be placed on their back to sleep, even during nap times![Edit]Warnings
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Today in History for 6th October 2019

Historical Events

1849 – The execution of the 13 Martyrs of Arad after the Hungarian war of independence.
1925 – Greek premier Papanastasiou orders gen Pangulos arrested
1941 – German army occupies Briansk, USSR
1980 – Guyana adopts constitution
1996 – Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton meet in their 1st debate
2002 – The French oil tanker Limburg is bombed off Yemen.

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Famous Birthdays

1459 – Martin Behaim, German navigator and geographer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1507)
1824 – Henry Chadwick, English-American baseball pioneer, developed 1st rule book, born in Exeter, Devon, England (d. 1908)
1886 – Edwin Fischer, Swiss pianist and conductor (d. 1960)
1908 – Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (d. 1989)
1921 – Yevgeniy Landis, Russian mathematician (d. 1997)
1932 – Gloria Lane, educator/author/founder (Women’s International Center)

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Famous Deaths

1688 – Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle, English statesman, dies at 35
1935 – Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer, dies at 83
1947 – Leevi Antti Madetoya, composer, dies at 60
1973 – Arnold Maria Walter, Canadian composer, dies at 71
1996 – Martyn Taylor, teacher/campaigner, dies at 57
2000 – William Putnam Bundy, American attorney and intelligence expert (9th Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs), dies at 83

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How to Apply Vitamin C Serum for Facial Skin Care

If your skin is looking a little dull or you want to mix up your skincare routine, add vitamin C serum. To get radiant looking skin, wash your face and then rub a few drops of the serum into your skin. The antioxidants in vitamin C can reduce inflammation and help your skin repair itself. Remember to apply a moisturizer next and enjoy your glowing skin!

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Using the Serum Effectively
Do a patch test to check for an allergic reaction. Rub 1 drop of the vitamin C serum onto a small patch of your inner wrist. Since the skin is sensitive here, you’re more likely to notice a reaction to the vitamin C. Wait 24 hours to see if your skin is irritated or breaks out in a rash. If it doesn’t, you can use vitamin C on your face.[1]
If you do have a reaction to the vitamin C, don’t use it as part of your daily skincare routine and mention it to your doctor or dermatologist.
If you also use AHAs and BHAs, such as glycolic, salicylic, or lactic acids, wait a few minutes before applying the vitamin C serum or you’ll risk irritating your skin.
Plan on using the serum in the morning or before bed. Because your skin can only absorb so much vitamin C in a day, you only need to apply it once a day. Decide if you’d like to make it part of your morning skincare routine and remember to apply sunscreen after using the serum. If you prefer, apply the serum in the evening before you apply your nighttime moisturizer.[2]
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Splash cool water over your face and rub a coin-sized amount of cleanser evenly across your face. Use your fingertips to gently massage the cleanser into your skin for about 30 seconds. Then, use water to rinse the cleanser off of your face.[3]
Use a cleanser that’s designed for your skin type. For example, if you have sensitive skin, use a fragrance-free cleanser that doesn’t contain alcohol.
Dry your skin and pat toner across your face. Blot your face dry with a clean cloth and then soak a cotton ball in facial toner. Brush the cotton ball evenly across your face, but avoid getting toner around your eyes. Then, let the toner dry before you apply the vitamin C serum.
If you have oily skin and use a toner that contains benzoyl peroxide, wait at least 5 minutes before using the serum. Mixing the benzoyl peroxide with vitamin C could prevent the serum from working effectively.
Rub 2 to 3 drops of serum onto your face. Use the dropper in the bottle of serum to squeeze 2 to 3 drops of vitamin C serum into an open palm. Then, rub the fingers of your other hand into the oil and dab some of it onto your cheeks and forehead. Massage the oil evenly across the rest of your face.[4]
Wait 5 to 10 minutes before applying moisturizer. Give the vitamin C serum a chance to soak into your skin before you put another skincare product on. Once your skin feels like it’s absorbed the serum, gently massage moisturizer across your face.[5]
If you’re doing the facial in the morning, consider using a daytime moisturizer that contains SPF to protect your skin.[Edit]Treating Skin Issues with Vitamin C Serum
Apply vitamin C with zinc to reduce inflammation that causes acne. Use vitamin C serum that also contains zinc once a day to fight bacteria that causes some types of acne. Since vitamin C also has an anti-inflammatory effect, it can soothe your irritated skin.[6]
For severe facial acne, talk with your dermatologist about microneedling with vitamin C.
Protect your skin from sun damage by applying vitamin C and E serum. If you’d like to protect your skin from damaging UV rays, always put sunscreen on your face before going out. Once you’re back inside for the day, wash your face and apply vitamin C serum that also contains vitamin E.[7]
The vitamins help your skin repair itself from sun exposure, which is why you should apply it after being exposed to UV rays.
Add the serum as part of a skincare anti-aging routine. You’ve probably seen anti-aging skincare products that claim to increase collagen. Researchers found that applying vitamin C once a day can actually increase collagen production, a protein which helps your skin repair itself and minimalize wrinkles.[8]
You’ll need to use the vitamin C for at least a few months before you can expect to see an improvement in your skin’s appearance.
Use vitamin C serum to reduce hyperpigmentation. Sun exposure or pregnancy can cause noticeable dark patches to appear on your face. Apply vitamin C serum once a day to reduce the pigment that causes the dark patches to appear.[9]
Keep in mind that you’ll need to use the serum for at least 3 or 4 months before you might notice an improvement.[Edit]Tips
Purchase a high-quality vitamin C serum from beauty supply stores, natural markets, or online. You could also make your own at home!
Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for applying the serum.
Store your bottle of serum out of direct sunlight. If you notice that the serum has turned brown, discard it and buy a new bottle that hasn’t expired.[Edit]Warnings
Vitamin C serum can make your skin dry, irritated, or flaky, especially if you have sensitive skin. Consider using a serum with a lower concentration of vitamin C or apply a smaller amount of serum.
If you develop a rash or hives, stop using the vitamin C serum. You may want to let your doctor or dermatologist know that you suspect an allergy.[Edit]References↑ https://simpleskincarescience.com/patch-test/

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