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When babies are born, they come out of a warm, moist environment – the womb – and into one that can be downright chilly. That's why nurses immediately cover their tiny heads with those precious knit hats. But after your newborn leaves the hospital, he doesn't need to wear a hat at all times unless it's fall or winter or your house is very cold.
"Healthy, full-term infants don't need to wear a cap once they get home," says Howard Reinstein, a pediatrician in Encino, California, and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Although if you think your baby looks adorable in a cap, feel free to keep putting one on him as long as he seems comfortable. If he acts fussy or looks flushed or overheated while he's wearing a hat, take it off to see if he's more content.