Of all the clothes that parents buy for their babies, baby onesies are an absolute favorite. Even parents who are not conscious about what onesies were invented for will happily stock up on these baby clothes, perhaps under the recommendation of friends and family who have gone before them, or simply because they look like a natural part of any baby’s wardrobe. But what are the uses and benefits of a onesie, for example, as opposed to regular shirts and bottoms, other than their being among the list of cute baby clothes?
First off, baby onesies are a great way to ensure that your baby is always warmly clothed. Why? A regular shirt can ride up on his belly, but a onesie can stay in place no matter how much he moves, or no matter how much he is moved: when you carry your baby, there tends to be a lot of shifting and movement, and a regular shirt, at some point or another, will definitely ride up on his belly or back. This can cause a draft of air to cause discomfort for your baby.
Secondly, baby onesies come with a neck opening designed especially for newborns. Perhaps you have seen onesies with criss-cross shoulders, and you are wondering why they have them. The reason for this is that a baby’s head is disproportionately large: at the moment of birth, a baby’s head is large to the point that when it passes through the birth canal, the rest of the body can easily follow. This means that the size of a baby’s head is actually even larger than the width of his shoulders. This translates into a baby whose head requires a large neck opening. If you use a regular shirt, you will probably notice the difficulty at getting it over your baby’s large head, and you probably find it easier to use shirts that open in front or that probably come with snaps on the shoulders. This important consideration goes into the design of onesies: criss-cross shoulders make it easy to put the onesie on over your baby’s head while also assuring you that it will not constantly fall off his shoulders. After all, given the size of his head, if you try to design a top that can accommodate his head, it will likely hang loose on his shoulders. There are also onesies that come with a snap or a button on the shoulders, still working on the same premise of making it easy to put on and take off, considering the size of a newborn baby’s head.
Thirdly, onesies come with snaps on the bottom for easy access to the diaper. If you dress your baby in a shirt and short pants, for example, should he soil his diaper, you will need to pull off his pants first. For a newborn baby, this can be a sensitive motion, as his legs are very tiny and you cannot just pull off the pants in one swift motion. But if he is wearing a onesie, like the 4-Pack Pastel Bodysuits, you can just snap the bottom open, change his diaper, and then snap it back on. Of course, given how snaps can easily come off, it does indicate that onesies may not be a good idea once your baby starts getting mobile.
Another good use for onesies that some parents have discovered is to use them underneath pants or even underneath shirts, particularly during the cold winter months. This is because the onesie can stay in place, assuring you that your baby does not suffer any drafts even if his outer shirt rides up sometimes. A long-sleeved bodysuit like the 5-Pack Long Sleeve Bodysuits would be a good idea. Also, the onesie means that your baby has less chance of getting his clothes stuck on anything, such as between wooden crib slats, as it is always in place and sticking right onto his body.
With these benefits from baby onesies, you will likely be excited to stock up on this very versatile and convenient clothing piece for your baby. And surely, you will enjoy these benefits and be happy that you looked out for your baby’s comfort in the way that you choose her outfits.