A newborn baby’s formal and informal dress will be different in the hospital, but there are some rules to follow, says Dr. Jill Dallon, a pediatrics professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
“The dress you wear is really important,” Dallont says.
“A formal dress that looks professional and appropriate for a baby in the operating room is not a dress you can wear to an event like a wedding.”
For babies, the formal dress is more about the details and style than the fabric, says Dallond.
If you’re wearing a baby dress that is a combination of black and white, it’s going to be much more formal, she says.
And a baby should be able to wear anything, even a baby diaper, to a formal event.
Dallond recommends getting your baby’s birth dress made in the first three months of life, and also looking into the comfortability of the fabric and design.
The dress will need to be able the support the baby, not the baby.
Dress-making will also be a part of the hospital’s maternity care, but not always necessary.
“There are some moms who will be able make their own dress,” Ditallon says.
It will be more expensive, but it’s worth it if your baby is in a hospital, she adds.
“The best thing to do is get them in the nursery or at home to learn how to make a dress.”
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