Skin-to-Skin Tops to Help New Parents Bond with Baby

by Hilary Braaksma

Skin-to-Skin Tops to Help New Parents Bond with Baby
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Skin-to-skin is exactly what it sounds like—holding your baby’s bare skin close to your own to create a sense of comfort and bonding for both of you. Skin-to-skin contact with newborns has been shown to relieve stress, lower the risk of postpartum depression, stabilize your baby’s breathing, heart rate and temperature, boost baby’s immune system and support breastfeeding. Getting tons of skin-to-skin contact at the hospital or at home is easy, but if you want to make it easier out in public or when you have company, try these innovative skin-to-skin, babywearing tops for moms and dads.

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Seraphine Cotton Skin-to-Skin Sleeveless Top


Keep your tiny baby close with this gorgeous grey marl cotton skin-to-skin top from Seraphine. This shirt is for newborns and older. It allows for hands-free when sitting or reclining, has a flexible fit and is machine washable.

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NuRoo Pocket Babywearing Top


This babywearing top allows skin-to-skin contact for baby and breathable, moisture-wicking fabric for mom. Compression material helps give your baby proper support, and the shirt is designed to use with children up to 45 pounds.

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DadWare Original Bondaroo Skin-to-Skin Shirt


Skin-to-skin contact isn’t just for mom and baby—dads can (and should!) get in on the action, too. This stylish, baby-friendly bonding shirt for dads has velcro attachments that pull apart to give dad an easy way to place his baby on his chest.

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Lalabu Soothe Babywearing Shirt


Keep baby close, cozy and warm with this babywearing and nursing top from Lalabu. The carrying pouch is made for babies 7 to 15 pounds and has a built-in absorbent nursing bra and an inner panel to help support your newborn’s head while they cuddle up against your chest.

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Seraphine Cotton Skin-to-Skin Long Sleeve Top


This soft, stretch cotton shirt from Seraphine is designed to help you stay close to your little one and build your special bond. Designed for use from birth on, this stylish top has an adjustable wrap fit, easy nursing access and machine-washable fabric.

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Nesting Days Newborn Carrier Shirt


This newborn carrier shirt can be wrapped over a tank top or dress top, worn alone or worn with an open cardigan or jacket. This skin-to-skin top is made of slimming and body-shaping material and can be pulled on instead of wrapped for ease of wear.

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Milk & Baby Skin-to-Skin Cami and Bandeau Top


This skin-to-skin cami and bandeau set allows hands-free wear when paired together and has a breathable mesh back to help keep mom cool and comfortable. The cami can also be worn on its own without the bandeau, but requires handheld support for baby.

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Kangaroo Care Soothing and Breastfeeding Shirt


Carry your little one in the soft and stretchy kangaroo pocket on this postpartum shirt to make getting more skin-to-skin contact easier. Let baby nuzzle up against your chest while you keep her close during any season—wear the tank top alone on hot summer days or layered under sweaters and cardigans in the winter.

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PatPat Trendy Solid Baby Wrap Kangaroo Tank for Women


This soft, comfortable tank top has a babywearing design that makes keeping your little guy or gal close simple and stylish. This tank top is versatile for all seasons and is washing machine and dryer-safe.

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Vija Design Men’s Skin-to-Skin Kangaroo T-Shirt


Another skin-to-skin design for dads, this kangaroo style t-shirt has a wrap and pouch design that makes tucking baby close to your body easy. The fitted v-neck shirt style is flattering, easy to wear and great for helping new dads bond with baby.