Step 2: Lie baby down
Lie the baby down on a safe surface, such as the bed or a blanket on the floor. Changing tables generally aren’t roomy enough to dress a baby safely and easily.
Step 4: One-piece outfit
If you’ll be out and about, choose a one-piece outfit that snaps or zips up the front from ankle to neck—they’re easiest to put on and take off for diaper changes. Lay the outfit out and place your baby on top of it. Slip her feet through the leg holes or into the feet, pull her arms gently through the sleeves, and snap or zipper her in.
Step 5: Two-piece outfit
If you’re opting for a two-piece outfit, put on the top first. Choose tops that will go easily over your baby’s head. A stretchy neck or snaps or buttons on the shoulders work well. If it’s a snap-top, simply lay the shirt open on the surface and lay the baby face up on top of it. Slip one arm into a sleeve at a time and snap the shirt closed.
Step 6: Slip on shirt
If the top is not a snap-on, use both hands to stretch the neck of the t-shirt as wide as possible, then slip it over her head. To get her arms through the sleeves, reach into the sleeves, grab her hand, and pull it through. Lift her body slightly with one hand to pull the body of the shirt down so that you can snap it.
Step 7: Put on bottoms
Now put on the bottoms. Avoid bottoms that have to be zippered or buttoned; elastic-waist pants are ideal. Bunch up one leg at a time, reach in, and pull your baby’s foot through. Then lift her hips slightly with one hand while you tug the pants up and over her diaper.
Step 8: Slip on socks
If her feet are bare, slip on socks. Choose stretchy ones with a roll-down cuff; they’ll stay on better. Booties with elasticized ankles are also more likely stay on.
Step 9: Put on hat & layer
Now pop a hat on her head, and any other extra layers she may need, and let her know what a fashionable little baby she is.