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Baby pajamas are adorable with their tiny feet and cute designs. They are so cute, in fact, that it is easy to be persuaded to buy a pair based on appearance rather than on what is appropriate for the baby. In order to choose the best pajamas, consider the size, material, style and, of course, the cute designs and colors. Remember, that regardless of how adorable the pajamas are, they need to be comfortable, easy to care for, the proper size, and easy to put on and take off.
Fit is an important criteria for both the baby's comfort and safety. Pajamas should fit snugly without being overly tight, nor should they be too big or loose. Most baby pajamas use a sizing scale based on the baby's age, with a few of the common sizes being 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6-9 months. Although this scale can be used as a guideline for buying pajamas, it is unrealistic to think that every baby will fit into a specific size at a certain age. You can use this sizing method as a recommendation, but you should always check the pajamas fit on the baby to determine the proper size.
Pajamas for babies should be soft and comfortable. Sleepwear for babies should have a little bit of flexibility so that they will move with the baby as they stretch and move. Cotton and terry cloth are the most common types of material. Both are easy to launder and will be soft against baby's skin.
There are several different styles of baby pajamas to choose from. Sleep sacks resemble a gown, but are closed across the bottom. They are comfortable for the baby to sleep in and easy to put on and take off. Another popular choice is called "sleep and play" pajamas, which are one-piece garments that the child can wear during the day and for sleeping. Most one-piece pajamas have a zipper that runs from the neckline to the foot making it easy to change clothes or make quick diaper changes.
Two piece pajamas are another option in baby pajamas. With a separate top and bottom, this style of pajamas is more common with older babies and toddlers than newborns. Some styles attach the pants and top together with snaps, which will keep the child fully covered while they are sleeping.
Baby pajamas with attached feet are a good choice. They help to keep a baby's feet warm without having to worry about keeping socks on their feet. Babies kick constantly, and it's easy for socks to become loose or fall off, and once they are a bit older they will pull the socks off on their own.
Pajamas for baby girls are available in many colors with shades of pink, purple, and green among the most popular. Cute girly designs with butterflies, ballerinas, kittens, and flowers are also available. Baby boys' pajamas can often be found in shades of blue, brown, and red with puppies, trucks, and sports themes among the popular design options.
It's natural to want to make sure the baby is warm and cozy, but babies are little radiators! My mom's pediatrician told her, "If you're comfortable, the baby's hot." And that was true! She said I preferred to sleep in a T-shirt and diaper, unless it was freezing cold outside. She had any number of cute sets of pajamas, but only used the top if they were two-pieces. She said I hated footed pajamas, since I really hated having anything on my feet.
So, I'd say it depends on your baby's preferences -- and they do have preferences! Start with something simple and see how well they sleep and go from there.
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