It’s hard to dress a newborn. Their necks are so floppy. They seem so fragile. And even something simple—like putting an arm in a sleeve—can be so awkward.
At one month old, Leone jerks her little arms and legs like a conductor to postmodern music. At night she often soaks the cloth diapers we’re using so I like to change her at least once when she wakes up to nurse.
During the day changing her diaper calms her when she feels out of sorts and since she pees all the time and poops often, there’s a lot of diaper changing going on in our house lately.
And a lot of dressing and undressing and re-dressing of the baby.
Which brings me to the subject of snaps.
It seems like every piece of baby clothing we have right now has a least a thousand snaps.
Unsnapping is easy, you just pull, but it’s nearly impossible to fasten all those snaps back up even when the baby isn’t fussing.
When Leone is crying and I’m trying to dress her and the outfit has snaps, either I cry too or I end up leaving her half snapped. Then I feel guilty carrying around a half-dressed baby, even though no one else is looking (Leone to her therapist: “It all started when my mother didn’t close the snaps…”)
I. Hate. Snaps.
Zippers work much better. You zip it up. You unzip it. You’re done.
Sadly Leone has only two outfits that zip. I got both of them from a free sale before she was born. She has almost outgrown them, which feels calamitous yet inevitable.
Maybe we need a grassroots protest to urge American clothing manufacturers to make more outfits with zippers and drawstrings and ties like they do in France.
My older kids can carry the signs: NO MORE SNAPS.
What baby clothes work best for you? What tips do you have for dressing a floppy newborn? Please share your experience, wisdom, frustrations, and preferences in the comment section below.