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post #21 of 54
Originally Posted by MaggieLC View Post

I am one for keeping babies fairly warm. Not overheated, but they don't seem to be able to keep their body heat in as well as adults or older kids do.


I always put my children in onesies or undershirts. I think the clothes look better and I think babies need an extra layer in all but the hottest weather, or even inside air conditioned homes in the summer. Before we had air conditioning our babies always wore onsies to bed in the summer. Once we got AC, they wore onesies plus pajamas or stretchy sleepers, plus socks.

Well, I am also for keeping babies warm, but my DD seems to have some strange thermo-regulation system. She gets sweaty and upset whenever I put a few layers on her or a hat (in the room temperature). She sleeps with pajamas only and seems warm enough (I check her often). thus, it depends on a child too...

post #22 of 54

My daughter seems to have inherited her dad's metabolism and never seemed particularly cold after the age of about 1 month or so (unlike me, I'm always cold!) I just liked onesies because they didn't ride up. I also think short dresses are cute on babies, but there were some longer ones we had to shelve until she was walking well, because she'd try to crawl and get her knees or feet caught on the hem. 

post #23 of 54

Yeah, it's just because regular t-shirts ride up a lot so it's nice to have something that pins at the bottom.


I dressed my baby in old fashioned nightshirts when he was a newborn. They're like really long nightgowns that fasten at the back, sort of a half-swaddler. I had them in the hospital and all the old nurses said, "They never put babies in these anymore but the hospital used to have them like this until the 80's!" (The nightshirts were my grandmother's). Very good for little newborns since it's hard to get their feet into anything!


After that, it was cold, so we skipped onesies and just dressed him in those pajamas with feet. Get ones that snap, not ones that go over the head. Stuff that goes over the head = annoying.


Eventually, my kid grew up, and yes, wore shirts and pants like everyone.

post #24 of 54
I did onesies because my kids are obsessed with getting naked, and around seven months they start figuring out the Velcro and snaps on their diapers and removing them. Onsie snaps are out of their visual range so much harder to undo. Once they get to that point, I figure it is time for toilet training!
post #25 of 54

Personally, I always disliked onesies.  It was extra work getting them dressed and extra work when changing diapers.  I like them when it is warm and that is all they need under a blanket, but rarely ever used them as an extra layer.  I really like the full body sleepers instead.

post #26 of 54

What PP said! Love them with leggings and even an additional t-shirt/cardigan or something on top that adds warmth but not diaper difficulty. With my first I cut and sewed all the onesies into t-shirts because we EC'd him and used cloth diapers mostly without a cover, so he would have t-shirt and diaper with snappi and wool pants when cold. Also socks and leather booties for older baby in cooler temps. 


With DS2 I use onsies all the time. I'm using paper diapers this time, for various reasons, and love the simple, smooth, ease of a few snaps and off the dirty diaper. He is so cute with leggings! Now that fall is here I put pants over the onsies but I can see that this wont last and I'm already digging out my old wool pants. He will probably transition to pants and shirt, with onsies for warmth if I feel it is necessary. 


With little babies and babies in sposies onsies are great. With bulkier cloth diapers they look a little weird and add an additional step to diapering.

post #27 of 54

Oh-by PP I actually meant post #20, Brambleberry from page one :yeah

post #28 of 54
Onesies always seemed to wick wetness from the cloth diapers, and the snaps were annoying. My newborns hardly ever wore outfits, rather they were in a gown with baby legs, a cotton sleeper or a tshirt with a fleece sleeper. I don't like fleece directly on my skin, so I put a cotton layer between for the baby too. I suggest the side snaps too
post #29 of 54
What I like about them is that the babys belly is free, so you don't have to worry about the healing belly button or pants being too tight.
post #30 of 54

There is some very strange advice out there about how freezing your baby should be, isn't there? Some people say that a room should be 16°, baby should be in a thin long-sleeved PJ, no hat and that is plenty. 


My boy was FREEZING when I did that. Blue-lipped and cold-handed. That surely can't be the optimum? 


He was born in September, so it was cold pretty quickly. We dressed him in a short-sleeved onesie, over that a long-sleeved onesie, plus socks and a warm sleeping bag. That way he was snug, happy, perfect temp and slept like a trooper.


I love onesies, because there is no cold bit on their belly and it stays in place. And it is CUTE!

post #31 of 54

wow. you know i never even thought about this question.


i never even thought about clothes riding up.


i am guessing by your post that you are having a boy? :D 


first of all living in california my baby only wore clothes to go out in. and onesies it was. so really you dont need that many clothes.


actually onsies can go a lot longer if you get extenders. because babies grow more in length than width. 


during winter when it does get to freezing temp. i had to learn about dd's body temp. she just never got cold that much. a good way to gauge her temp. was to check the back of her neck. she got overheated easily and would sweat profusely and get v. flushed. so she wore unbelievable clothes in winter. never kept a hat on or socks. (btw she STILL is that way at 11 YEARS old).

we go camping in the snow and she STILL wears flip flops in the snow. while i'd have lots of layers in sub zero temp. she'd have maybe 2 layers at teh most. she wore socks mainly for the hike. nowadays she wears a beanie for style rather than warmth. 


future reference. we spent our first two winters in teh snow with gma. we coslept. dd could not handle footies. actually any clothes. when older i realised she would get night terrors from her toes being covered. she's never had nightwear till she started sleepovers. 

post #32 of 54
I only read half the replies, so forgive me if I repeat something. I agree with all the reasons above: they don't ride up, they protect baby's skin from irritants like pants bands, appliqués and zippers, they're cute as full outfits, they're warm. I also found they helped keep diapers in place and sometimes protect outer clothes from blow outs.

And special tip! You can take most onesies off over the body, that's why they have the shoulders like they are. Helpful for little babies and poopy onesies smile.gif
post #33 of 54

I have no strong opinion on this.  In the beginning when my newborn was just wearing sleepers all day, I had a onesie underneath just because.  Then spring and summer came and it was very hot and she just wore all her other outfits, no onesies.  I might return to a onesie beneath now that it should be getting colder (though my area is trapped in an Indian Summer--not complaining).

post #34 of 54
Originally Posted by mareseatoats View Post

And special tip! You can take most onesies off over the body, that's why they have the shoulders like they are. Helpful for little babies and poopy onesies smile.gif

My friends' daughter was a NICU baby and came home on oxygen and a heart monitor (she's done with both now), so they usually did this to avoid having to unhook all the tubes. They did find that they had to go up a size in the onesies sooner than they would have otherwise. 


I think the "why" on the shoulders might actually be to accommodate their big heads, but this is a nice side effect if you need it.

post #35 of 54

I used them a lot for my first, because he was in diapers most of the time and it helped to hold them on and kept him from ending up bare around the middle when I picked him up under the armpits. With my second, we did EC, so it was less helpful.

post #36 of 54

I personally cut the snaps off of all my daughter's onesies after she was about three months old.  We EC and cloth diaper, and that combo is just not onesie friendly (onesies don't easily fit over cloth diapers).  I just put a t shirt on my daughter as a layer when it is colder.  I also MUCH prefer pants and shirts to one piece outfits after about the 3 month mark as well, but, again that may be due to our EC/cloth diaper choices.  

post #37 of 54

I live in Switzerland now with a son, but never had kids in the States though I am American. I can say that here they have a big thing about keeping their backs warm and onesies help do it, which can be connected to keeping the kidneys in good shape. As you said keeping them warm is important. Layers help. 

post #38 of 54

I don't know about putting a onsie *under* an outfit... My guys never had "outfits", per se, anyway.  In warm weather, they'd often wear just a onsie, or a onsie with soft, stretchy pants.  In cold weather, they wore those head-to-foot things with feet attached, day and night.  


I think it comes down to, 'outfits'!  Some people really do dress their babies in real 'people clothes' every day, then change them into "pajamas" at night.  Others, (like me! ) think that the "pajamas" are utterly appropriate for any time of day, at that age.  If you dress your baby in pants/ shorts/ skirts with tiny little sweaters/ tops, and socks and shoes, then you would probably want that onsie underneath, since clothes ride all over the place at that age-- shirts riding up leaving the belly and back exposed to the elements.  Me, I prefered the ease of keeping them in a single piece of clothing that covered them from toes to neck, and it seems more comfortable for the babies, too-- especially younger than 6 months or so.  

post #39 of 54
Keeps their back covered; keeps them from taking diaper off (when they're older and figure it out - learned that one the hard way). Those are my main reasons. Once the child is older and learning to use the toilet (if you're not doing EC) onesies are a pain in the butt, though. Once I start toilet training them, they go out of traditional diapers (cloth or disposable, since we use both) and into some time of training pant or underwear and they get shirts instead. Some onesies are just too stinkin' cute for me to pass up on too. Have fun with your LO and dress him/her how you like in terms of style. :-)
post #40 of 54
Originally Posted by Tiffa View Post

Hello. I have kind of a silly question.

I am 7 1/2 months pregnant with my first child. Today I was sorting individual baby outfits into baggies (strange nesting urge), and I realized I am not sure I know how to dress a baby. I mean I would think it's pretty much the same as dressing myself. Right?

One thing I have noticed is that most moms around here seem to ALWAYS put a onesie on underneath their baby's outfits. Is that normal in other areas? Do you do this? Why? I guess maybe if extra warmth is needed. Or if you have jammies with an itchy applique or zipper.
But I don't see why little pants and a shirt aren't fine on their own. I am just curious about the thought process here.
I actually do not use onesies. They don't seem to get on well with wool diaper covers. I get lots more soak through with onesies than without. I'm not worried about warmth--babies that tiny are sleeping with me at night and in a sling and/or nursing most of the day, anyhow.
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