Does your baby need a hat right after birth? It’s common practice in a lot of hospitals, but did you know that it’s not always necessary.
Putting a hat on your baby covers up that oxytocin triggering newborn smell! Smelling your baby’s head will help your body release more of the hormone oxytocin which will aid in breastfeeding and decrease postpartum bleeding!
Putting a hat on your baby after childbirth Is not necessary to help them maintain their temperature. As long as you are keeping your baby right on your skin with a warm blanket on top, they are totally fine and can thermoregulate without a hat! If your baby is lying in their basinet you might want to pop a hat on.
That being said, if you really want to use a hat, go ahead! It’s totally your choice and it’s a common practice in a lot of hospitals.
If for whatever reason your baby cannot be put skin-to-skin right away, a hat is great for them!
Premies especially benefit from this practice, so we are not knocking placing a hat on your baby head not long after birth. We just want you to know all the options. 🧐
Always put a hat on your baby when you go outside, especially if you live in colder climates, but also as protection from the sun. Also, side note, baby hats are soooo cute!!
Did you put a hat on your baby after birth? Why or why not? 🎩