After nine long months of pregnancy, it’s time to finally bring your baby home. As a first-time mom or dad, you want to make sure everything is perfect. But where do you even begin?
The most important thing is the weather. In particular, summer can be tricky because of the heat and big temperature differences.
That’s why we came up with this article.
Read on to find out the best outfits to bring your baby in the summer. Plus, some tips and tricks for new parents on managing your baby’s temperature.
What Should My Summer Baby Wear Home from the Hospital?
Bringing your little one home from the hospital is a new milestone. That’s why it’s perfectly normal if you feel overwhelmed, excited, or worried.
The best advice we can give is: Keep it simple.
Yes, we know, we know. It’s tempting to dress your newborn into those branded and cute organic baby clothes.
However, you should prioritize your newborn baby’s comfort over anything else. A calm, content baby will make the whole experience much smoother.
Bulky outfits MAKE IT DIFFICULT for you and the baby. It can also make your baby squirm or cry during the car ride home.
On top of it all, make sure your baby won’t get too warm or too cold with your choice of garments.
Factors to Consider
When choosing your newborn’s outfits, there are other factors to consider.
First is the weather. The tricky part about summer is the temperature.
During the day, it can get so hot that we’re sweating non-stop. But at night, temperatures can drop dramatically especially if it’s transitioning from spring.
Granted, your baby won’t be exposed to outdoor temperature too much during the car ride home.
In our experience, it’s always a good idea to be prepared. Especially for something unexpected (e.g., rain or a sudden drop in temperature).
Second, take into consideration air-conditioning of the hospital. Most hospitals will have their air-conditioning units on full blast during summer.
As such, you should prepare garments you can easily layer and make your life easier. If you prepare only long-sleeved garments (like a long-sleeved onesie), it will be harder to change them in case the room temperature fluctuates.
Best Outfit for Your Newborn Coming Home from the Hospital
So what should your summer baby wear home from the hospital?
THE ANSWER: A short-sleeved onesie and socks are what he should wear home.
Since it’s summer, choose a breathable material for him to wear home. Some examples include cotton, voile, and jersey knit.
Avoid fabrics such as wool and fleece. In case of any doubts, remember that if the material feels warm to you, it will be warm for your baby too.
Keep in mind the room temperature with or without air-conditioning. For this, prepare items for layering, such as thin blankets.
Newborn Essentials Checklist
We’ve prepared a list of what to pack in your hospital bag, curated for summer babies.
This way, you won’t have to worry if you’ve missed anything. And you’ll be extra-prepared to bring your little one home from the hospital.
- Onesie: Pick a short- or long-sleeved set, depending on the temperature.
- Beanie or Hats: Keep the design simple and easy to fit, but not too tight.
- Headbands: Pretty much optional, but a nice-to-have. Just make sure it’s not too tight.
- Longer Socks: For colder temperatures.
- Shorts or Pants: Pick a loose-fitting, breathable one.
- Thin Jacket or Shirt: A great item for layering.
- Receiving Blankets: For swaddling and burping. Pack 3-4 swaddle blankets (preferably organic) as it can get dirty pretty fast.
- Extra Onesies: For changing, if necessary.
- Extra Socks: Babies love taking off socks! So have a backup ready.
When preparing your baby’s home outfits, it helps to pay attention to the details.
Prepare your newborn’s outfits in different sizes, especially the onesies. This is because children’s clothing comes in all sizes and shapes, similar to adults’.
For example, if your baby weighs 6 lbs, you might want to consider a Preemie (P). This usually happens if you’re having multiple babies (e.g. twins) or early birth.
For babies who weigh 6 to 9 lbs, this is pretty much the “standard” for newborns. In that case, you can stick to the Newborn (NB) size.
If your baby is weighing between 9 to 13 lbs, you might want to go a size up and try the 0-3 Months sized onesie instead. You might also want to consider buying organic sleep sacks to prepare for when they outgrow their swaddling stage after a few months.
For future references, you can also take a look at our guide on the sizes after 5T so you can prepare. Babies grow up pretty fast!
Here’s what you should NOT bring to the hospital:
- Thick Jackets
- Bulky Dresses or One-Piece Suits
- Heavy Blankets
- Baby Mittens
Other Things to Include in Your Hospital Bag
You still have to pack a few things that you might have forgotten in your hospital diaper bag checklist.
Even if it’s going to be a short trip home, you’ll want to be prepared in case of any delays inside the hospital or traffic jams.
- Clothes: All of the ones we mentioned above.
- Bottles and Formula: Breastfeeding is recommended. But in case you’re not able to, have your choice of baby formula ready.
- Diapers: The hospital will provide you with these, but it’s a good idea to have some extra, as well as cloth ones too. You never know with babies!
- Wipes: You can stick to the brands that you know (such as Pampers or Huggies). If you have a family history of allergy or skin irritation, then you might want to prepare something suitable for sensitive skin.
- Pacifiers: The hospital will provide this too, but you can bring your own.
- Car Seat: Make sure to pre-install this if you’re planning to drive back home.
- Pediatrician Business Card: Have your doctor’s contact information ready. The hospital might need this to schedule your next appointment.
A few things on car seats:
Keep in mind that every state requires parents to have a car seat before leaving the hospital.
Even if it’s a short trip home, you should have this pre-installed.
It’s also a bad idea for the mom or dad to hold your baby in their arms. They can get thrown against the dashboard.
If you’re planning to borrow one, check the following:
- Not more than 6 years old
- No history of a car accident
- No missing parts
- No wear and tear
- Expiration date
In our experience, it’s better to buy a brand-new car seat if possible. This way, you’ll be assured that your baby will be safe and sound coming from the hospital.
How Do I Keep My Baby Cool in the Summer?
It’s important to keep a constant eye (but we’re sure you do already!) on your baby, especially during the summer.
Your baby won’t be able to regulate their temperature yet, at least for the first months. As such, check their head for any sweat.
If your baby was born premature, there’s a chance they won’t sweat at all.
Signs That Your Baby is Overheating
- Their skin has turned red
- They are irritable
- They feel warm to the touch
- They have a fever but aren’t sweating
- They are unresponsive or lethargic
- They are vomiting
- They seem dizzy or confused
- They have a fast heartbeat
If you notice any of the signs above, what you need to do first is to remove any layers that are making them warm.
Give them water, but it shouldn’t be too cold. Search for a shaded place if you’re outdoors, or a cooler room if indoors.
If possible, the best temperature for your baby is between 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 degrees Celsius).
Unsure? If it’s too hot for you, then it’s going to be too warm for your baby, too.
Ways to Keep Your Baby Cool in the Summer
In our experience, the best way to avoid overheating your baby is to dress them smartly.
As mentioned, let them wear breathable fabric such as cotton.
Below are easy tips to keep in mind, especially if you live in a warm and sunny place.
1. Stay Out of Direct Sunlight
Babies have thin and sensitive skin, so they can easily get sunburnt. As mentioned, they’re also unable to regulate their own body temperature in the first few months.
- When going outdoors, make sure to let them stay under the shade. If it’s not possible, use hats to protect their head.
- If you’re using a stroller, put the cover up. You could also use a thin baby blanket to cover up the stroller.
- Or better yet, invest in a stroller fan. This will be helpful if you live in a place that’s extra-humid.
- If you’re driving, you can invest in a sun shade or sun guard for your car windows. This site lists some great options for you to consider, along with links.
2. Keep Your Baby Hydrated
Warm temperatures will make your baby overheat faster or sweat more.
As a result, always monitor how much they are drinking. This includes both breastmilk and bottle feeding.
If you’re breastfeeding, it goes without saying that you should be hydrated too!
3. Use a Wet Towel with Cool Water
If you notice your baby starting to get warm, have a baby towel on hand.
Wet the towel with a bit of cool water. Dab it gently onto your baby’s forehead or neck.
Make sure it’s not ice-cold water because this might make your baby shocked and drop their temperature too much.
This tip is ideal if you’re walking around the neighborhood or during a car ride.
4. Close Curtains and Turn on the Fan
If you’re indoors and notice your baby becoming restless due to the heat, close the curtains.
In the afternoon, the sun can easily penetrate through the curtains or blinds. So make sure your new baby isn’t near the windows.
If it’s still hot, turn on the fan and/or air-conditioner.
5. Apply Sunscreen
If you’re planning to be outdoors for an extended time, then it’s a good idea to put on sunscreen.
Your baby’s skin is very delicate, so it can easily burn. Your baby’s pediatrician will say that sunscreen is suitable if your baby is older than 6 months.
For babies younger than 6 months, go back to Tip #1. Keep them in the shade, as much as you can.
Dress them in protective clothing, such as hats or sunglasses. You can also use other items, such as umbrellas.
Bringing your little one home is a huge “next step” as a mom or dad.
Because of this, your excitement and jitters could easily make your go overboard. However, your baby’s comfort should be your top priority.
That starts by picking the right garment: a soft, breathable material.
We hope this article gave you plenty of information on what clothes to bring your little one home in the summer.
July 23, 2021 – updated interlinking, updated external links