Do you have everything on your baby checklist? Are you wondering whether or not to add mittens? We may be able to help.
Baby mittens are something parents might forget. But that doesn’t make them any less important. Not only will mittens keep your baby from scratching up a storm — they’ll also keep your little one’s fingers warm.
Let’s take a closer look at some things you might want to know before choosing the best mittens for your baby.
Are Baby Mittens Necessary?
It’s personal preference whether you feel your baby will benefit from wearing them or not. But you might want to consider their usefulness in certain circumstances.
If your little one often uses his or her hands to “self-soothe,” and appears more agitated when wearing mittens, try leaving them off as much as possible.
Newborns can’t control their limbs, so their nails can damage the soft skin on their faces and possible cause an infection if there is bacteria under them unless you keep them short. Soft scratch mitts can prevent this happening.
If you prefer just to keep baby’s nails short, here’s a quick video showing you how to trim your baby’s nails:
As babies get older, think about how much they use their hands to learn and explore. Consider stopping the use of mittens as they grow and become more aware.
Babies with dry skin conditions, however, may benefit from the continued use of mittens. This will help prevent them from scratching and damaging their skin further.
In winter or on cold days, warm mittens, along with hats and booties, can keep baby snug while out and about. If you carry your baby in a wrap or baby carrier, their hands could be exposed to the cold. If you need gloves, chances are baby will need mitts!
What to Look For
Other than the cuteness? Here are a few things to consider:
- Breathable fabric: Those little fingers can get sweaty. Cotton or a blend thereof is highly breathable.
- Straps or elastic: We want those mitts to stay on. Straps, like Velcro, or a simple elastic will suffice.
- Room to grow: Babies seem to grow by the minute, so you may want to get a pair with room for wiggling, growing fingers.
Be careful to never tighten any straps or put your baby in mittens that are too small.
Can Baby Sleep Wearing Mittens?
Babies often tend to scratch themselves in their sleep. If this sounds familiar, it’s a good idea to let your baby sleep with mittens on (1).
However, some people are opposed to letting a baby sleep in mittens. They can fall off and therefore become a small, loose object in the baby’s sleeping area which could be a hazard. To avoid this, make sure the mittens are secured to their clothing.
The Best Baby Mittens of 2020
Mittens are great for keeping your little one scratch-free and warm. Now that we know more about their use, risks, and what to look for, you can make your own decisions. If you have chosen to get your baby a pair, here are our top 10 picks.
1. Crummy Bunny Baby Mittens
It’s no secret, the mittens you put on your baby could potentially fall off. However, these lightweight mitts have a longer than average soft elastic cuff, which prevents slippage, however much they wiggle.
They’re roomy, so you won’t have to worry about sweaty fingers or hand movements being constricted.
Two sizes are available, fitting babies from birth up to six months old. The bigger size could be very beneficial for babies with eczema or other skin conditions where you want to keep them from deliberately scratching.
Finally, how about this? Register your purchase with the manufacturer, and you get a lifetime warranty. If you lose a mitten or it gets damaged, they’ll replace it free!
2. Nuby Soothing Teething Mitten
Teething is part of growing up, however, it can be a rough time for both baby and parents. Babies will often become extra fussy when those first buds are coming through.
Here’s something I wish I knew about before: a mitten with a built-in teether. Now, that’s revolutionary. It looks like a regular mitten, but it has a soft silicone top that a baby can gnaw on.
Some babies begin teething rather early (two months for my little one). A teether is great at soothing itchy gums. However, younger babies may have a hard time holding on to an object. A teething mitten could fix that problem, and help your baby self-soothe.
3. Goumimitts Scratch Free Mittens
If you want a mitten that will stay on your baby, this is an excellent option.
These unisex mittens are available in a variety of colors, sizes, and patterns. They have a Velcro closure around the wrist and are said to stay put, even on the wiggliest of babies.
The fabric is a breathable mix of bamboo and cotton, so you won’t have to worry about sweaty hands. The mittens can also be adjusted to fit your baby as he or she grows, with up to three months growth in each size.
4. Twinklebelle Baby Winter Mittens
Is there anything as classic as knitted mittens? My mother actually decided to make a pair for my first baby. Four years later she actually finished — just in time for my second.
If you prefer to buy yours rather than wait so long, this pair of cream colored knitted mittens is adorable. A set is also available, with a cute beanie hat to match.
The mittens are lined with fleece to keep your baby extra toasty. They’re one size up to 9 months, so they should fit your little one for several months.
5. N'Ice Caps Pilot Hat and Mitten Set
If you want your baby’s hands and head to stay warm and snug, whatever the weather, then this set may be just what you need. Several vibrant colors are available, in different sizes.
The mittens are lined with plush sherpa which will keep tiny fingers cozy, and they’re fitted with elastic to keep them from slipping off. The pair comes in a variety of cute colors and patterns.
6. SnowStoppers Kids Waterproof Mittens
When your baby is first born, waterproof mittens are probably the last thing on your mind. However, depending on where you live, you may need them.
During cold and wet weather, your little one has to stay warm and dry as well. These mittens are without thumbs and come in an extra small size, so they should fit a six-month-old just fine.
There’s a tall cuff that will keep out the chilly winds. The mittens also have Thinsulate insulation, which means they’re lightweight but warm.
7. MarJunSep Winter Warm Gloves
During the chilly months, you may need something thicker to keep your baby’s hands warm. You might also need an extra pair in case the first gets drenched in drool.
There’s a reason why these mittens are bestsellers: they’re lined with sherpa fleece, which feels like sheep’s wool and absorbs moisture. This could be a good choice if you want your little one’s hands to stay warm without sweating.
Fitting babies from birth to 12 months, they have an elastic closure and are made from organic cotton.
8. N'Ice Caps Magic Stretch Mittens
As babies grow into toddlers, they want to use their hands more and more for playing. This is when you may need an upgrade from the traditional baby mittens.
Mittens with thumbs will give your baby the freedom he or she needs to grab things. These are very lightweight and breathable to keep your little one comfy. They’re not suited for snow-play though.
You get three pairs in a pack, and you can choose between colors and prints such as dinosaurs and trucks.
9. Gerber Baby Boys' Mittens
If you want something that’ll keep your little man scratch-free but stylish, try these awesome baby mitts made of lightweight, super-soft cotton.
Each one has an adorable design and is fitted with an elastic band around the wrists. You get four in one packet, and they fit baby up to three months old.
10. Hudson Baby Headband and Mitten Set
Deciding on the perfect items for your beautiful girl can be hard, since everything looks so cute. This set, fitting babies up to six months old, is no exception!
The mitts are made of a soft cotton and spandex blend, which is stretchy and breathable to keep your baby girl snug. They also have elastic around the wrist to keep them on securely.
Three pretty color combinations mean at least one will complement every outfit your baby has. Each pair in this set has a matching headband, to make your little princess even more irresistible.
Keep Those Fingers from Scratching
Baby mittens are more than just an accessory. For some babies, they’re a necessity. You be the judge for your baby. You’ll always get the best advice from fellow moms, therefore our list features only tried-and-approved mittens.
While the Nuby mitts are revolutionary, our pick for the best anti-scratch baby mittens is the Crummy Bunny Mittens. They’re light, with lots of room for growth and for your baby to move those fingers freely.
Which pair would you consider for your little one? Do you think baby mittens are an essential item? Write a comment (or two) below and share your thoughts.