How long you have to keep a hat on a newborn? And how to keep it on?

Brandi - posted on 09/25/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I heard you have to keep a hat on a newborn for a month! My newborn keeps pushing her cap off! And I don't know how to keep it on her!

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Mariana - posted on 09/25/2009

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I stopped putting hats on my baby when she was started moving her head side to side bc it would start coming down her face.

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Vanisha - posted on 09/26/2009

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Ideally,you need to keep the infants head covered! This is so because to avoid direct contact of breeze with the head..Also,to protect the fontanelle the soft spot on the front portion of the head. Practically,what could be done is keeping the weather conditions and baby's comfort in mind the hat could be used especially using it in the night if sleeping in the aircon! Use it as long as your little one allows you to..They are the bosses:)

Vicki - posted on 09/25/2009

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My son was born in December so he wore a hat 24/7 until the weather was warmer. He had so many different hats, and some worked better than others as so far as staying put. Try another type of hat. In the summer a sun hat or ball cap works well to keep baby cool.

Briana - posted on 09/25/2009

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I would love to help but out here in So. Cal its been record high temps of 105 here for us. We just skip the hat.

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hat ...why bother ......i just stick my son in the sun for a few minutes everyday and when i think its enough i go in the shade or use a blanket er something

Elizabeth - posted on 09/25/2009

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we found with our little one that some hats worked better than others - must have been something about the material and design (and the fact that she had a bigger than usual head!).

luckily, we received so many hats that one or two of them stayed on okay. it seems like the woollen (not acryllic) beanies we were given, that were a good semi-circle shape (when not being worn/stretched by our hands) with a good amount of 'give', stayed on best. we had a few that were more of a cone shape (without being stretched) and they almost flew off her head!

also, ones that are a little bit big (with the edge folded up) seemed to sit on better than ones that were a bit small. might be worth trying a few different ones in-store until you find one that fits your bubba's head best.

another alternative would be hooded jerseys or cardigans - she might still push them off her head, but it's easier to put them back on!

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When we left the hospital with both kids, they said that they should be fine without unless it's cold out, obviously. My kids were born in May and June, but I didn't keep one on once we came home. Both of mine are little 'ovens' too so I didn't want to risk the over heating. - If she doesn't want it, then I wouldn't worry about it.

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I'm assuming you mean a hat to keep her head warm. As long as she is dressed appropriately for the weather she should be okay without a hat. And you shouldn't keep a hat on her when she is sleeping, it can cause overheating which has been linked to SIDS.

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