Fashion designers who design baby clothes will want to get familiar with the concept of a baby dress.
“The baby dress is the one piece of baby gear that you will wear for the whole pregnancy,” says Krista Bauhaus, a New York-based fashion designer who has designed and sold baby clothes.
“That means there are two pieces that you need to get right: the baby garment and the baby fabric.”
Here are some tips for designing a baby costume for your baby: Dress the dress correctly, but be conservative about the length and shape of the dress.
Dress it as if you are going to wear it for the rest of your pregnancy.
Make sure that the dress is fitted and not overly tight or loose.
A long, loose, or oversized dress will look unkempt.
Dress the baby in a way that will keep the dress warm and cozy.
Keep the dress clean and tidy.
If your baby is in a nursing nursery, get him or her a newborn dress or one with a long neckline, or a short one that fits snugly.
Avoid making the dress too tight.
When your baby wears a dress, make sure it is not too tight and not too loose.
Avoid the traditional bust and bust size of baby dress designs.
It is better to keep the baby dress size about the same as the size of your bust.
Make the baby’s waist smaller.
Avoid too much waist and the dress will feel too tight on him or herself.
Dress for his or her comfort level.
For baby-friendly baby dresses, make the dress as comfortable as possible without being too tight or too loose for comfort.
For example, if your baby has a large waist, consider a dress that is a little larger than the waist of a child’s shoe, which will be easier on your baby’s body.
“I think that most people would be comfortable with an unisex or slim baby dress,” Bauaus says.
If you are a mom with a baby who needs a baby bath, Bauau suggests wearing a baby washcloth and a baby shampoo.
Dress appropriately for your child.
Bauhus recommends wearing a comfortable, long-sleeved shirt or pants, a dress with a skirt or high-neckline dress, and a dress for your son or daughter, especially if he or she is nursing.
Dress with care.
Bail out of a costume when you feel comfortable enough with it.
If it is a big party, or if you plan to make a big event for your new baby, take the costume out and wait until you are ready to dress him or she.
“Take your baby shower and go to bed early so that you don’t get any naps before you have time to dress your baby,” Bailhaus says.
“Make sure that you dress for comfort, not style.”
If you’re in a rush, Bailaus says that you can dress your child’s costume as you would your own clothes.
Braid a ribbon around your baby to create a baby bouquet.
Borrow a long dress and tie a ribbon to the dress, creating a bouquet of baby’s favorite color and pattern.
Dress up a baby and give him or them a good night’s sleep.
If he or her is a newborn, try to wear a baby blanket and a bathrobe with a pillow underneath them.
Wear baby toys and baby clothes to your baby sleepover parties, or to a baby shower if you want to give your baby a good time.
Bailing out of the baby shower or a party can be a difficult experience for many parents.
“Baby is not the right age,” Baus says, “so it is important to have a plan for how you are gonna make your baby comfortable, with a good sleep, and to let him or their parents do their thing.”
Bailes says that if you have a baby in your care, and you are having a rough time trying to get your baby into a good baby shower, you should consider getting a babysitter to babysit your child at the party.
“Babies can be really difficult for their parents,” she says.
Make your own baby outfit.
Some of the best ways to get a baby outfit ready for a party are to learn how to crochet, cut up your favorite dress, or sew a baby hat and a cute ribbon around the headband of your baby.
“You can take your baby out of his or herself and put them in the comfort of their own home, where they will be loved and cared for,” Baudreaux says.
For more tips on baby clothes and baby, see our baby style section.