Young Parents Team
Should your newborn wear mittens? We ask Dr Natalie Epton, associate consultant in the Department of Neonatology at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Mittens are very useful in the first few days to weeks of life to prevent the baby from scratching his face.
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.
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 and let him get on with the…