At home, I didn't have the AC on and the house was hot. We had a box fan in the window blowing on us at night. Almost all of her newborn photo's, she's in a diaper or onezie. Never a blanket. I never swadled her. She absoluely hated being swadled. She fought that tooth and nail.
Anyway, I was looking though her newborn photo's and started feeling really bad. Like neglectful. I know the general rule of thumb is to not dress your baby any warmer than you. That's what I went on when she was a newborn (it was super hot). Everyone told me to cover (bundle) her up (in the heat in my house/outside). I refused, saying it was too hot. When I took her into a place with air conditioning, I dressed her like me and refused to "bundle" her up, as everyone who saw us told me to bundle her. Looking back, I feel awful and feel like I was an awful new mom. Every newborn photo I see, they're all bundled up/swadled.
So, parent's of summer babies? What did you do? (DD's 19 months now and she's healthy and growing like a weed so I couldn't have messed up that bad, right? But it really has me curious. I have a co worker who had a new grandbaby in the middle of the hot summer--they kept hats and long sleeves on him).
ETA: I'm talking about newborns. Not infants. If there is much of a difference.
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My mom thought the fact that I didn't swaddle him was bizarre. He didn't enjoy being swaddled though. So I gave up.
Wife to 1 since 2000
Mom to 6 ('01), ('02), ('07), ('09), ('09), ('10)
I was sitting in front of the fan sweating and wearing as little clothing as possible. I couldn't have dressed by baby in anything more than a onesie. He still hates wearing clothes to this day, so maybe it made an impression.
Besides, what could be cuter than a newborn in a onesie?
Mara, mama to two boys born 05/2009 and 04/2011, after four miscarriages.
I think what you did was fine. There is no rule that says that newborns HAVE to be bundled. If it's hot, it's hot, you know?
Mia, married to my since 2006, mama to D (5/06) and M (8/09).
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I don't have summer babies, but I was one. I was born in July, my mom smoked(relevant). I was in a undershirt, cloth diaper, sleeper, 2 receiving blankets & another blanket. My mother otoh was in a tank top & short shorts. With what we know of SIDS, I have no idea how i lived.lol
my mom was always bugging me to cover him up. he just started wearing pants in november
Then I felt embarassed and started putting outfits on him.
But he's still a nudist.
If your dd was comfortable, then why worry?
Lisa, lucky mama of Kelly (3/93) , Emma (5/03) , Evan (7/05) , & Jenna (6/09)
Loving my amazing dh, James & forever missing Aaron Ambrose (11/07)
I remember going to visit family in Maine towards the end of the summer. They live on the water and it was chilly! It was so strange to see my babe fully dressed!