" LETTERS FROM MOTHER J
VIII. She Declares the New Law in Baby Clothes.
My Dear Daughter: By all means have your baby's slips and
dresses' made of the softest and finest materials. As you are frtu"
nate, my dear, in being able to spend much time on them I would,
make them all by hand.
The little slips may be perfectly plain except a little edge of
lace about the neck and sleeves, but on the ones that baby will wear
first I would not advise even this. A dainty feather-stitching about
the neck and at the wrists will not be as apt to irritate, the skin of
I look back to your babyhood, my dear, and sincerely ask your
pardon ; you, poor atom, were invested in a thick pinning blanket, a
heavy flannel petticoat, a white cotton or linen petticoat, which was
a mass of embroidery stifly starched, and over it an elaborate robe
with all sorts of torturing embroideries and laces. These must
have abraided your delicate skin and distressed you, while your arms
were left bare to get blue and cold.
Few babies have any hurts except those which are caused by
the mismanagement of others, and unsuitable clothes produce more
unnecessary suffering for a little one than anything except un
Don't, I beg of you, make any fussy, frilly dresses, however
much you would like to. Six little plain slips with either hem
stitched, embroidered or 'feather-stitched hems with perhaps one
more which you have beautified about the bottom with the inser
tion of some fine lace is all you will 'need. A great many women do
not make any cambric- skirts at all as the latest edicts on the sub
ject of dressing infants is:
Don't dress your bahy too warmly.
Remember the skin is more sensitive than anything else in the
world, and constant perspiration from being too warmly dressed
has a weakening effect and leaves the delicate skin with less re
sistance to cold.
Care should be taken that nothing rubs the tender flesh, no
garment should have buttons on it and all the clothes should hang
from the shoulders if possible.
A great many mothers, however, cling to the old-time bands,
because the skirts and slips can be shortened easily and with greater
economy if made that way. The skirts and slips should not be made
tpo long, as the least weight possible in clothing is the best. I guess
you will think from these frequent letters that the person who is
most interested in your coming baby is your loving MOTHER.
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