I just got the list of supplies from my midwife that I need to gather for my home birth. One of the things listed is "three baby hats," which are supposed to be sterilized in the oven, so I'm assuming they are for immediately after the birth.
I'm wondering though, if putting a hat on a newborn is really necessary, or something we do just because it's another one of those things we've been doing... know what I mean? I kind of remember reading some things about reasons why newborn hats aren't necessary (just after birth, not when taking the baby outside), but I can't find the article. Something about pheromones and bonding maybe?
We are a Waldorf family, and hats are always encouraged for young children and babies... but maybe this thinking doesn't apply here. Not sure.
Does anyone have any good links to some info on this? I want to be able to forward something to my midwife if I decide against the hat thing. Thanks!!