by Elle Brown
"One Pieces", baby t-shirts that wrap around the bottom of a child and snap closed between the child's legs, are the most popular type of clothing item for babies through 24 months of age. #BabyOnePieces are functional, convenient pieces of clothing. They stay in place and keep the child covered during periods of activity.
The first 24 months of a baby's life they learn to roll over, push themselves up, rock on their knees, sit up, crawl, cruise and walk. These milestones are more easily achieved if the baby is wearing streamline clothing that moves easily and doesn't impede activity. A baby one piece is a great solution as it fits closely to the body but easily allows free movement.
Cotton one pieces are breathable. This is important for #baby's delicate skin. One pieces are a prime choice for keeping baby covered and warm. Because the snaps between the legs keep the shirt in place, there is no chance of exposed back and belly.
One pieces come in many colors and sizes. Sizes are typically discussed in pounds or months of age or both. Novelty one pieces are very popular choices for new parent baby shower gifts. Cool baby clothes and rock baby clothes reflect the new parents' personalities with funny sayings or popular bands of their generation.
One piece extenders are an option when the baby grows and will extend the life of the romper. The extender has snaps on both sides and adds a few inches of length to the one piece once snapped in place between the legs.
One pieces, otherwise known as baby bodysuits, creepers or rompers, should be washed prior to wear to remove chemicals and dust accumulated during the manufacturing process. Use a mild detergent and rinse well prior to drying the one piece. Using a clothing dryer will soften the garment but may also mildly shrink the romper.
It's easy to dress a baby in a one piece. Gather the one piece from the bottom to top while opening the neckline with your fingers on either side. Place the neck opening over babies head while baby is lying down or in a sitting position taking care to support baby the entire time. Once the baby's head in through the neck opening carefully place one arm through each armhole. Lie baby down and stretch one piece down over the baby's body. Snap the snaps closed between baby's legs. Adjust material as necessary to straighten one piece on baby.
To remove the one piece, un-snap the snaps between baby's legs while baby is lying down or standing. Pull the one piece up over baby's head and arms paying special attention not to scratch baby's face with snaps during removal.