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Should newborns wear hats?

post #1 of 48
Thread Starter 
Okay, just throwing this out there...

If babies needed the warmth of a hat on their head, wouldn't they be born with one?

I just can't grasp this one. What did nature intend?

I know you loose a lot of body heat through the head, and I know that infants tend to have a difficult time keeping their body temp consistent, but what's up with this? Could it be a natural reaction to kick start babies nervous system? Get the metabolism going?

Or just tell me to shut up and put the sweet crochet hat I have on my newborn-to-be's head!!!
post #2 of 48
well, we also need climate appropriate clothing to keep us warm and afaik, no person has ever been born with a winter jacket on. Yes, please put a hat on your baby if you are in a cool area. If you live in florida or somewhere equally hot and humid, you can probably go without a hat on warm days.
post #3 of 48
yes what the pp said!
i can't stand to see a little bebe with a bare head on a windy, cool day. there is much truth to the old wives thing of keeping warm-you are more susceptable to germs when your body is struggling to keep warm. i've noticed my dd's colds always tend to happen after she's been been barefoot or hatless outdoors in cool weather, even for just a little while.
post #4 of 48
No hats! Don't ask me why... I just remember reading stuff on why not when I was pg and that I agreed with it. DS never liked any kind of hat anyway. I think he wore one once when we made him--it was windy outside. But I don't even wear a hat outside... So unless I really feel he needs it, he won't either. Neither will the next newborn, not to mention the fact that it will be summer and we won't be going out with him/her for a few weeks anyway.
I just hate how hosps. insist on putting hats on babies' heads! They tried that with DS, but he wiggled until it came off. Same with the swaddle blanket. He was better off with me/touching my skin anyway.
post #5 of 48
Oh yeah! One thing I do remember is that hats interfere with the birth bubble/bonding/natural process and dont help with temp either.
post #6 of 48
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Originally Posted by *Erin* View Post
yes what the pp said!
i can't stand to see a little bebe with a bare head on a windy, cool day. there is much truth to the old wives thing of keeping warm-you are more susceptable to germs when your body is struggling to keep warm. i've noticed my dd's colds always tend to happen after she's been been barefoot or hatless outdoors in cool weather, even for just a little while.
Colds don't come from cool/cold weather. They're caused by viruses and can be spread in warm weather too.
post #7 of 48
There have been more than a few threads on this topic... unfortunately you can't do a search for "hat" but I did find two:

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=597133
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=564010
post #8 of 48
I guess it just depends on the kid - my son needed 2 layers of clothing for the first 3 months of his life, even though we lived in a very hot climate - he just liked to be warm and fussed when he wasn't dressed in 2 layers. But hats weren't neccesary past the first couple weeks - he would overheat. Sometimes heat needs to be lost through the head. Just have to be alert to your particular child's needs.
post #9 of 48
Thread Starter 

thanks for all the replies so far...

just to clarify...

I really just meant immediately after birth and in an obviously comfortable temperatured environment.

I agree with 2bluefish where I always was just alert to my childs particular comfort level.

Although, this reminds me of when I used to live in NJ. It was a freezing winter day, windy, and all that. I saw a mother walking into a grocery store with her less than 6 mo baby (guessing). She was bundled up, hat, coat, and his head was bear :. I could never figure that one out???
post #10 of 48
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Originally Posted by Erin+babyAndrew View Post
well, we also need climate appropriate clothing to keep us warm and afaik, no person has ever been born with a winter jacket on. Yes, please put a hat on your baby if you are in a cool area. If you live in florida or somewhere equally hot and humid, you can probably go without a hat on warm days.
Well, we evolved in warmer climates but not necessarily as warm as the womb, and we evolved to be born without a furry covering over the head, so it seems reasonable to assume that there's a certain amount of cooling that is actually a normal part of the process. Perhaps it's beneficial to the newborn in some way. It's common sense that if you're in a very cold place it would make sense to cover the newborn, but birthing rooms are usually fairly warm. In that case (or in Florida) I would be more concerned about overheating.

Let's remember too that a lot of babies in this culture *do* have issues with temperature regulation early on, but they are also bathed. There's no way I'd allow that to be done to my baby, but if it did happen I'd understand the need for some sort of covering.

In my case, with my first two babies a hat was put on immediately and I regret that because it's very clear to me that it affected the bonding process. I think there was a crucial hormonal window of time for me to "catch" the baby's scent. With my babies in which the head was never covered for months afterward I would swoon at their scent. It was ambrosial. That never happened for me with my babies who were covered from birth. So if it was me and I felt the head needed to be covered, I'd use the top of the blanket initially while the baby was with me skin to skin, and only use an actual hat when the baby was separated from me.
post #11 of 48
Eh, who cares. Probably unnecessary most of the time. But not a big deal to put one on them, either.
post #12 of 48
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Originally Posted by anudi01 View Post
What did nature intend?

I know you loose a lot of body heat through the head, and I know that infants tend to have a difficult time keeping their body temp consistent, but what's up with this?
Or just tell me to shut up and put the sweet crochet hat I have on my newborn-to-be's head!!!
They are also born without clothes...with that rational- those poor little babies born in January are S.O.L.
Just because they are born without something doesn't mean that they don't need it. They do loose a lot of body heat through the head-
I don't see a lot of studies being done on baby's metabolism and whether/whether not they wore a hat.
I know I need a hat on really cold days and I hate them!!! DH has a shaved head and he gets really cold without hair....
So, "shut up and put the sweet crochet hat you have on your newborn-to-be's head" Why wouldn't ya?
post #13 of 48
I didn't put a hat on our little girl after she was born, but as previous posts mentioned, I didn't bathe her right away, I dried her off and kept her skin-to-skin. I also had the heat cranked up in our room, so it was nice and warm. she did just fine. It was only once I took her out of the house that I put a hat on her because it was cold. But while she was inside where it was nice and warm--no hat.

I'm not sure it matters that much, but....

I DO have a much stronger "scent" bond with my UC no-hat baby that my son (hospital birth with a hat). I KNOW her scent in a way that I don't know my son's. Food for thought.
post #14 of 48
After I had my second baby (a UC), and I was talking on the phone with my MIL a few days after the birth she said, "and you've done this before so I'm sure you know, but please remember to keep a hat on the baby" !! Oh, so like her!

I've never liked putting a hat on the newborn; they just seemed to distance me from my baby and I always thought those little newborn beanies looked uncomfortable (with the big seam and a tag on the inside). I never really put a hat on my babies unless we were going out or it was chilly in the house. I like the rule of thumb- dress your baby one layer heavier than you feel comfortable- though I think whoever said that wasn't thinking about lucky babies who are held close and worn, so if you don't feel like you need a hat, your baby probably doesn't either.
post #15 of 48
if it was really cold after my babe was born, I'd put a hat on it. Otherwise, I wouldn't.
post #16 of 48
Not right after they're born - they're close to me having skin to skin contact which warms them.

I have only had middle of winter babies, so they often had hats on after the initial birthing time (not all the time though).

We didn't wash them for a while either, just so I could soak up that smell. I firmly believe that it helps with bonding.
post #17 of 48
Thread Starter 

thank you...

Thanks for the links fourlittlebirds...

As I suspected, more reasons to NOT do things that are ordinarilly thought to be standard.

And thanks for all of your input.

NO HAT FOR THIS BABY!!! Skin to skin all the way, Baby!
post #18 of 48
I think it's a cultural thing. Where I live (Argentina), where we have very cold winters, no one puts a hat on newborns immediately after being born (I'm not talking about being outdoors) However, everyone is obsessed with baby feet, they put socks and more socks. However, I truly believe feet are better when left naked since they help the body regulate the temperature and function as hands in terms of recognizing the world, etc.
post #19 of 48
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Originally Posted by augustacherri View Post
I DO have a much stronger "scent" bond with my UC no-hat baby that my son (hospital birth with a hat). I KNOW her scent in a way that I don't know my son's. Food for thought.
Thank you for saying that! It seems like I am always ever the only one saying this and I start to feel like a freak. A lot of people think it's nuts -- I remember one thread where this woman was just *livid* that I would claim that chemical bonding can and should take place immediately after birth (because she wasn't able to be with her babies after birth.)

The effect was SO strong for me, and it did NOT take place with my boys, who had hats placed on them immediately. Maybe some people are more sensitive to it than others, I don't know. All I can say is what happened to me, and hope that people don't dismiss it just because it wasn't the case for them.

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Originally Posted by hotpreggermama
After I had my second baby (a UC), and I was talking on the phone with my MIL a few days after the birth she said, "and you've done this before so I'm sure you know, but please remember to keep a hat on the baby" !! Oh, so like her!
That was my mom. I'm like, mom, I can handle it, thanks! Remember, I've had three babies before this, and somehow I've managed to keep them all alive! And she would laugh and know I was right, but really she just couldn't help herself. She's a nervous nellie type.

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I've never liked putting a hat on the newborn; they just seemed to distance me from my baby and I always thought those little newborn beanies looked uncomfortable (with the big seam and a tag on the inside).
I put the hats on inside out if they had a seam. I did have a couple hats that were lined with no seam, very nice. (Gymboree.) Hats knitted with natural yarns, though, are the best!

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Originally Posted by Ivanhoe
However, everyone is obsessed with baby feet, they put socks and more socks. However, I truly believe feet are better when left naked since they help the body regulate the temperature and function as hands in terms of recognizing the world, etc.
Yes, exactly! It makes absolutely no sense that the feet should be more fragile than the hands. This was another one that my mom would drive me crazy on. And strangers in the store! It would be 70 degrees out and they would be tsking me for not having socks on the baby. They were more concerned about the socks than the hat. I'd be like, um, and should I put mittens on their hands too?
post #20 of 48
This is a little OT, but you know how everyone always talks about that newborn smell? So I had my baby (UC, no hat, very primal, etc!) and I have *never* noticed any particular smell. I mean, she smelled good, especially after a bath. But I even sniffed several times and was like "hey! where's the newborn smell everyone talks about?!" LOL

I started putting hats on my baby at night when she was a few weeks old, because our bedroom got cold, especially at the head of the bed near a big bank of leaky windows.
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