* Introduction

* Pre-Birth Mother Care

* Birth

* Bringing your New Baby Home

* Inoculations

* Feeding your    Baby

* Drugs

* Diapers

* Washing

* Clothes

* Sickness

* Babysitters

* Friends

* Walking

* Watching

* Playing,    Reading &    Teaching

* Toys

* Jewelry

* Smoking

* Body Parts

* Singing

* Pictures

* After Birth    Mother Care

* Mosquito    Spray and    Coils

* Fans

* Kids and    Animals

* Sanitation &    Cleaning

* Girls and Boys


   Babies are born naked. Probably before they are born, you will have a full shelf of baby clothes. According to some people, you can never have enough baby clothes.

   Clothes have many purposes. They protect babies from mosquitoes and other bugs. They keep your baby warm. Wearing clothes as a baby gets you used to wearing them as an older child. You don't have to worry that your friends and family can find a present for your baby. Clothes protect babies from getting too much sun.

   Clothes can be dangerous also. You can't see what is inside clothes, so if your baby has a problem under the clothes, such as a cut or rash, or bug running around, you don't know.

* Clothing can be too hot. Especially hats. This can dehydrate a baby, or cause brain damage.

* Clothing can choke a baby, and this happens very often (see the section on jewelry).

* Clothing can get caught on a heavy or immovable object, and when you pick up the baby, you damage their arms, legs, or other parts.

* Clothing can cause rashes. Some babies are allergic to certain fabrics, and soap that is not washed out of the clothes when cleaning can cause rashes, itching, or worse.

* Wet or dirty clothing can cause health and safety problems.

* Tight fitting shoes can cause skin damage, and permanent foot deformities.

* Socks and slippers can cause a baby to fall when standing.

   Your main concern when clothing your baby should be the safety of your baby.

* Shirts should be simple and lightweight. No frills on the shirt that can collect or hide dirt, and absorb liquid. They should be a bit loose fitting to allow the baby easy movement, but not so loose that the they will fall off easily. There should be no strings around the neck, and the neck should be loose fitting, but no so loose it can get caught on something and strangle the baby. Shirts should not have buttons or anything that can fall off and be eaten by your baby.

   If you're going out in the sun for more than 10 minutes, with a baby less than 4 months old, you should put on a long sleeved shirt. If you have a lot of mosquitoes, you should also put on a long sleeved shirt on your baby.

* Pants should be loose fitting, but not so loose that they fall off. Again, no buttons or any other accessories that can fall off and be eaten by a baby. Avoid pants with strings. Long pants should be worn for protection from the sun and mosquitoes.

* Shoes should be for protection only until your baby can stand. Protect from cold, sun, and mosquitoes. When a baby starts wearing hard shoes, be sure that the fit properly, are not too tight, and check your baby's feet after wearing the shoes to make sure they are not rubbing the skin and causing abrasions. Avoid slippers when you baby can stand to keep the baby from slipping on smooth surfaces.

* Gloves are useful for the first 2 months of the baby's life. They protect the baby from scratching her eyes. They need to be changed a few times a day, to let the skin dry out, let out any bugs, clean the baby's hands,

* Hats should only be worn for protection. Protection from excessive sunlight, mosquitoes, and cold. They should be lightweight, not cotton wool hats, and allow the head to stay cool. Excessive heat can cause brain damage, and excessive sweating can cause dehydration.