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Be sure to read all of our posts about Ryan’s Plagiocephaly treatment
- First Week Update with Plagiocephaly Docband Helmet
- One Month Update with Plagiocephaly Docband Helmet
- One Month after the Plagiocephaly Docband Helmet Treatment
When Ryan was diagnosed with having Plagiocephaly (read about it here – short story is he was suffering from a flat head that was affecting other facial features), I honestly had some initial thoughts that I think are pretty normal. One was the thought of how much I would miss kissing his little bald spot on the back of his head and his forehead when we snuggled after he finished nursing. Another was how the helmet might affect his positioning while breastfeeding and sleeping. The very last thing I was thinking about was what he would wear or what would be the easiest clothing to use while he wore his plagiocephaly helmet 23 hours a day.
Luckily my mom thought ahead and purchased a few items to make dressing easier. Since then we have added more Carter’s baby essentials to our collection. I’m a sucker for all the cute animals and I absolutely love when they have something awesome on the backside of those little tushies.
Recent shopping date at Carter’s to stock up on some more summer items. The front-buttoning crawlers are so easy to get on and off with his helmet.
At his first appointment, the technician helped bring some attention to clothing options. After the first month, we’ve also realized what works best for us and I hope you find this useful too! Just remember, the helmet is temporary and you’re doing a wonderful thing for your little one!
Top 5 Things To Consider When Dressing Your Baby With A Plagiocephaly Helmet
1. Wear Breathable Fabrics
SoCal is notorious for a smoldering summer. Breathable fabrics such as the soft cotton Carter’s Little Baby Basics is known for will help with the temperature regulation by the little babies. We snapped this pic during Ryan’s 1 hour break from his helmet. Each day we take it off for an hour and clean the helmet, wash his skin, and give his body a break from the lightweight helmet. 2. Stock Up On Onesies The Original Bodysuit Do you remember that friend that told you about the super awesome function the fold-over neckline serves with onesies? (If you didn’t know – it’s to help take the onesie off going down vs over the head when you encounter an exploding diaper). Well this is how we’ve actually gotten Ryan dressed. We put on the onesie feet first and slip it up over his shoulders. The neckline design helps get his arms in easily and there’s nothing more easy to throw on than a colorful Carter’s onesie! 3. Invest in Footless Pajamas
Night Night Little One!
Our technician reminded us that the 2 sources of heat release are through the baby’s head and feet. Since the helmet covers most of his head (and, by the way, the amount of exposed skull varies depending on the needs of your child’s head to reshape), his feet should always be exposed to allow his body to remain at a more stable, comfortable temperature. We have a fan circulating air in his room and we alternate between footless pajamas and long sleeve onesies for him to sleep in at night. If you don’t have footless pajamas – we have had great success using button-up pjs and pull his feet out of them.
4. Dress Them Up In Button Down Rompers
Everyone loves a good chambray!
The little guys always look adorable in button down rompers! Ryan has a few of these – but be mindful and purchase ones that have buttons that go almost down the entire front. Some of the polo styles just have a few buttons and this won’t allow for easy dressing from the feet up (or, over the helmet).
5. Have Fun During The Helmet Free Hour!
He’s a water baby!
We try to make the most out of his one hour break from his helmet. Some times that’s a nap for him, but now with summer, it’s water play time! Carter’s has great long-sleeve options for swim outfits to give an extra layer of protection for our little babies! And he’s totally the Cutest Dude Ever!
Being the third baby, and second boy in our family, a lot of Ryan’s wardrobe are loving hand-me-downs from Luke and family friends. So many of the Carter’s Pajamas, onesies, and rompers have held up great but it’s just nice to buy him some of his own pieces! Even better is with stackable savings through in-store sales and coupons!
Did your baby need to wear a Plagiocephaly helmet? What tricks did you use to keep them cool?