Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Edward Scissorhands

A baby nurse at the hospital referred to infants as marionettes because they do not have much control over their limbs yet.  She was so right!  L’s arms would just flail around all over the place.  Also, at this age, their fingernails can grow very quickly and get so long.  This is not a good combo.  I would wake up to find little cuts on her face.  Not wanting her to end up looking like Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands,  I did my best to keep up with her “manicures” by using a nail file that comes in most infant grooming kits.  It was still hard to get them just right.  I didn’t have much luck with the nail clippers either, they don't seem to do the trick.  It was always hard to find a time when she wasn’t asleep and wasn’t flailing around to be able to file them.  It was often a two-person job.

Luckily, someone gave me these awesome Gerber Shirts at my baby shower...

The key is the cuffs that you can fold over their little hands when they sleep protecting them from their fingernails.  I found these plain white shirts were all L wore the first 6 weeks.  Her blankets were her biggest accessories and these matched them all (they also come in Pink and Blue). 

Another great thing about these shirts is that they don’t snap at the bottom.  These make the late night diaper changes a little quicker.  I promise you will want this process to be as efficient as possible at 4am. 

A THIRD reason to buy these shirts is the side snap.  It can be really nerve-racking dressing your baby at this age.  They are just so fragile.  I loved these shirts because I didn’t have to go over L’s head.

I would register for 3, two-packs of these in the 0-3 month size.   We only had two and found ourselves rushing to get them washed.  Gerber has SO many types of plain white baby clothes…make sure it has cuffs, no bottom snaps, and has the front, side snap.

Side note - Kissy Kissy is another great brand that has cuffed outfits, but they are more on the expensive side.  Definitely register for some of these at your local specialty shop.  They come in precious patterns, are extremely soft, and most long-sleeved items have cuffs. 

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Erin said...

Yay Simple Mommy! Welcome to the blogisphere! :)

KSK said...

Giving a manicure to an infant would scare the bejeezus of of me! So glad Lola had these shirts with mits on them :)

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