Should your newborn wear mittens?
Mittens are very useful in the first few days to weeks of life to prevent the baby from scratching his face, says Dr Natalie Epton, a specialist paediatrician and neonatologist. But you will eventually need to cut his nails.
“I actually find nibbling them with my teeth in the first few weeks the safest and easiest way to get this done – and then mittens are no longer necessary,” she shares.
“We live next to the equator, so our children are not going to catch a cold if they don’t wear mittens.”
Playing with fingers is an important part of development and babies explore their surroundings in a very tactile way initially.
Take off the mittens, she advises, and let him get on with the learning!