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Obviously, baby mittens are adorable, and up the cute factor of little babies beyond counting (not that they tend to need it).
But beyond their sweetness, what are baby mittens? And why are they an important item of clothing for your newborn baby?
Baby mittens are protective mittens for infants. Unlike the mittens worn by adults or older children, which can be made of fleece or wool, mittens for babies tend to be made out of soft cotton or sometimes bamboo. They're versatile and lightweight so that babies can wear them indoors and outdoors without getting either overheated or cold. A key feature to look out for in baby mittens is how secure they are. It's important that the mittens have a strip of elastic near the wrist. This will keep them securely on your child's hands, ensuring that even the wriggliest baby is kept protected and that you don't end up with mismatching solo mittens. Baby mittens come in a variety of fun prints and colours, and you can choose whether you go for more neutral designs or mittens more suitable to baby boys and girls.
It's not absolute law that any newborn baby must wear mittens, but they are useful for a variety of reasons, and mums often put them on their list of baby shower gifts as a result. Small hands are inevitably more vulnerable to rapid loss of body heat, and many new babies don't have much body fat. Mittens help to regulate the temperature of little hands. Like all of us, babies can get sharp fingernails which can scratch their super delicate skin. Plus, when babies are developing their fine motor skills, they tend to move their hands towards their faces in jerky, uncontrolled motions, which are more likely to cause accidental scratches and scrapes. Having your little one wear baby mittens is a good way to mitigate any accidents, and you can feel at peace knowing that your baby is learning about the world in a protected manner. After about a month, you can safely cut your baby's fingernails, so they can stop wearing mittens if you choose to do so (but they're still great for keeping little fingers warm). Be aware, too, that, as with many things with which newborns interact, there is always a risk involved, so it's best to stay alert when your baby might be wearing their new mittens, and don't leave them alone or unchecked for too long.
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Snuggle Safari is a family run British baby card brand that prides themselves on their products, and with these baby mittens, we can see why. The properties of bamboo are hard to beat. It's 40% more absorbent than even the finest organic cotton, which means it wicks moisture away from the skin in order to keep your little one's hands dry and comfortable. This is particularly great if your baby is prone to eczema, as damp, moist skin is not conducive to healing any particularly dry patches. Bamboo is also incredibly soft and absorbent, as well as lightweight and breathable, working to reduce overheating, plus it has anti-microbial properties, meaning these mittens will stay fresher for longer. When they do need washing, just pop them in your washing machine - if you're super keen on ensuring that you wash everything thoroughly, Snuggle Safari provide step-by-step washing instructions with the mittens, too. Bamboo is also designed to get softer with each wash (providing you follow care instructions), so you can be sure the product will last. It's also a very sustainable fabric option (in case you needed further explanation of its brilliance - can you tell that we are fans?). Plus, this set of mittens comes in an adorable gift box if you choose for it to do so, and we think these are a great unisex option for babies, as the hand-drawn animal prints are so cute and appropriate for all ages and genders. Best of all, if you don't love this product, Snuggle Safari will buy it back from you, no questions asked.
Gerber Childrenswear is a hugely popular American brand who sell high-quality clothing for babies and older kids. Although their main site is US-based, Amazon UK stock their excellent products, so non-US families can still access Gerber's fantastic range of clothing for little ones. This four-pack of mittens are made of soft cotton for extra comfort and cosiness for small hands, and they have a cinched elastic cuff that ensures a good fit - and that your baby shouldn't be able to wiggle them off. They're easy to wash - just pop them in your machine - and the green blue tones make them ideal to mix and match.
If your newborn comes early, they might be in need of a little extra help staying warm. Most baby mittens are designed for children who are not born prematurely, and can therefore be a little too big, but these are specifically designed for babies who weigh either 3 or 4 pounds. This set is sure to keep your newborn's head and hands warm, and will feel soft and gentle against their skin, as everything is made of breathable cotton, which is sourced sustainably. We're big fans of the prints, too: the elephants.
We're sure you know a master wriggler or two - and it doesn't take much for a super squirmy baby to get out of a pair of mittens. Thankfully, JoJo Maman Bebe have designed these with that in mind, ensuring that whilst these fleecy mittens keep small hands warm, they also stay firmly on. The thumbless design lets little ones wriggle their fingers, and the mittens also have little clips on them to ensure that they don't get lost. Lightweight but cosy, they have a water-repellant finish and are made of quick-drying, non-pilling Polarfleece. They also get top marks for how sustainable they are, as they're made from 100% recycled polyester spun from recycled plastic bottles.
As mentioned, Gerber's products for babies are both popular and high quality, ensuring that your little one keeps their hands snugly warm. This eight-piece set includes four baby hats and four baby mittens, all made from super soft organic cotton that is produced without synthetic chemicals. They're machine washable and pull onto the hands of your baby with ease and kept there thanks to the elastic at the cuff of each mitten. We're particularly taken by the cute pink bunny print, and you can't go wrong with a set of pink stripe baby accessories.
These are cute as a button and would pair nicely with The White Company's Knitted Lamb Hat if you wanted a super coordinated look for your baby. Made of super soft cotton, these are easy to care for - they are machine washable - and will keep little hands nicely warm. The cuffs are ribbed to ensure they stay on, and we are huge fans of the pom pom detailing.
Baby Mori produce truly beautiful products for little ones. Made from the brand's signature cotton and bamboo blend, these mittens come with matching booties, so you can be sure your baby is snug as a bug and as toasty as can be. Ribbed cuffs keep the mittens on, and they have a scratch-free design. The cotton and bamboo fabric helps to regulate your child's temperature whilst being soft against their skin and wicking away moisture. Meanwhile, the booties have a stretch material at their heel to make dressing your baby easier, and those designed for babies over the age of 9 months have rubber pads on their sole, in case your tot decides it's time to get up and start pootling about. The mittens and booties come in a lovely neutral grey, a pink stripe, or a blue stripe design, so are perfect unisex products.
If your baby is a little older, has teeth coming in, and just can't stop chewing everything and anything they can get their hands on, this is the perfect product for you. The soft mitten has a textured silicone teething edge designed to soothe sore gums and emerging teeth, as well as providing stimulation for your baby, as the sensory fabric crinkles to the touch. Open the safe velcro fastening at the mitten's base and pop your baby's hand inside - that way they stop chewing their own fingers (as well as dribbling on their hands), and you prevent them from scratching themselves. Genius.
If these pretty white mittens don't keep your baby's fingers warm, nothing will. Made of a soft, cosy cashmere mix, these have a stylish rice stitch finish on their front and a little mitten string. They would make an ideal gift for birthdays or Christmas, or a perfect baby shower present. Just remember to take care when washing.
We are big fans of the neutral tones of these baby mittens, meaning they should pair with multiple outfits, and really, there's little better than a multifunctional baby product. They're super soft, being made from 100% cotton, but are lightweight and breathable. The drawstring design keeps the mittens from falling off tiny hands, and they'll help keep your baby from scratching themselves. They are also a great unisex product, and four pairs come in the one pack.
These are extra roomy in the hand area to allow for your baby to get wiggling their fingers - plus this means they'll last for longer, because they allow more space for your child to grow. The set provides six pairs of baby mittens in various colours, meaning you'll always have a spare, even if it's laundry day - and they come with a laundry bag for you to use in the washing machine, so you shouldn't lose any. Made from cotton, these mittens are comfortable against your baby's skin, but breathable and lightweight.
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