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Date: 8/23/12 0:43 AM

I just found out that one of my close friends is having a baby. I've read the sleepwear for children posts but it was more in relation to older children. I just want to make sure that anything I make for baby out of cotton will be safe. It's ok, you can tell me I'm being a neurotic paranoid sewist. I've just never done this before so I'm a little nervous. Thanks so much!

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Date: 8/23/12 3:00 AM

Cotton should be just fine! Just be sure to prewash it. And ignore anyone who says you should have fire retardant clothing. The odds of harming a kid from weird fire retardant chemicals is a bit higher than having your kid spontaneously combust in the night :)
-- Edited on 8/23/12 5:01 AM --

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Date: 8/23/12 7:13 AM

Babies change sizes every 2-3 months, so I suggest sewing something else for the first year, when they live in mostly onesies. For gifts try burp cloths from flannel/toweling/cute cottons, booties, a lovey toy, headbands for a girl, little raggy or tag blankie.
Pack in a coiled or fabric basket Mom can use in the nursery.
If Mom is going to nurse, you can also make cute cover-ups cheaper than ready-made. Various free patterns/tutorials for all are online.
Add a coupon for "Dad&Mom nite out" babysitting too.

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Date: 8/23/12 9:46 AM

Unfortunately they're on the opposite coast so no babysitting for me Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas Ladies! And double thank you for allaying my fears. Sometimes googling is too much of a good thing. It's probably just as well that I don't have my own children or I'd go completely bonkers!

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Date: 8/23/12 1:07 PM

FWIW, if you want to make clothing, I just made the Jalie onesie pattern and loved how it turned out. It runs true-to-size, as well.

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Date: 8/23/12 10:04 PM

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you can tell me I'm being a neurotic paranoid sewist.


Well, as a premium subscriber to "Neurotic Paranoid Mother Magazine" I can't fault your taking care about sewing for a baby.

But I agree that flame-retardant fabric is better left alone. When my kids were babies we got a lot of hand-me-downs from friends who had lived in other countries--soft, lovely cotton from the UK, for instance--and didn't think twice about using them.

There are two main things that I did obsess over: you don't want anything loose on a baby's garment, such as a button or ribbon, nor fabric that could bunch up and impede breathing. Anything they could get at (and some babies will really WORK on a button, label, other kind of embellishment) is a choking hazard; and as for loose fabric, babies haven't developed the reflexes that make us turn over if something's blocking the air. That's why current recommendations prescribe no pillows, comforters, bumpers....

But one garment that is recommended and is fairly easy to make is a "sleepsack"--an armless sleeper constructed so it can't bunch up anywhere near the baby's head. Here's one:commercial sleepsack I think they have patterns for these now, but they're really simple (back in the day I used a similar sleeper that had arms as a pattern, made the thing out of lightweight polarfleece and just left off the arms).

As for closures that aren't buttons: zippers seem to be used routinely, as well as long-prong snaps such as SnapSource snaps (there are a couple of other brands people here use that they really like, too)--big with people who make diaper covers. If properly affixed long-prong snaps are very hard to remove (also, you can put them somewhere little hands/mouth can't get to).

Ahhh, it takes me back. The kids are 15 and 10 now, opening up whole new realms of concerns to be neurotic and paranoid over.

ETA: Ah, I knew I'd seen a sleepsack pattern: KwikSew 3089
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Date: 8/23/12 11:06 PM

What Sauvage said. Also those baby blankets really are insanely useful. Still using them at 4 yrs old.

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Date: 8/26/12 9:40 PM

I thought you weren't supposed to use polarfleece on babies? Something about how the fabric can't breathe and the baby can't regulate its own temperature, so it can overheat...

But heck, if people listened to every 'don't' around babies, said babies would be naked, hungry, and wrapped in bubble wrap in the corner.

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Date: 8/29/12 1:21 PM

Michellep,
That Jalie pattern looks great. Definitely buying that one. Thanks for the recommendation!
Definitely no fleece for my projects. The baby will be in SoCal so I think it would be way too hot.

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Date: 8/29/12 3:13 PM

Soft cotton knit hats are super fast to make and if they made me laugh were worn by my kids for ever. Cotton pants that can be worn over diapers easily..The MC hammer look is not so great for adults but perfect for babies. I loved that wen my three year old had an accident in the park she was able to wear her 6 month old brother's soft cotton knit pants home ( Ok they fit her like capris...but still better than walking home with a bare bottom.)

As the mother of more than one kid and of kids of more than one gender I was grateful for clothing that could get worn by either gender. I got tired of girls= pink and flowers and boys = tools or sports or trucks and blue or red. Clothing that was soft and cushy and easy to put on was appreciated by all of my kids. They also loved bright colors.

as a new mom you tend to get baby garments that fit for the first few months of life. Having clothes that fit when the child is 3 or four is wonderful. I got to appreciate the clothing for the years before my kids wore them. When kids are teeny when don't wear out clothing. when they begin to crawl they can wear the knees out of pants. One of my mother's friends gave my nephew a size 5 Aran cardigan when he was born.. My nephew wore it for at least 3 years. My three kids each wore that sweater for at least three years. One baby garment worn for 12 years ? it was worth every penny my mother's friend spent on that sweater.

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