What is a baby headband?
A baby headband is a type of hair accessory, much like an elastic band, you would wear for your wrist. It differs from the regular in that it does not hold tight to your head but simply sits there comfortably, looking cute.
There are many different varieties of this article; some have ribbons or another kind of fabric attached to them while others are plain and consist only of the elastic band.
Other ways to tie these bands include making loops around each ear like bunny ears (or like "old lady" earmuffs), attaching a bow on top where the two ends meet behind your neck, or braiding new hair on either side and using small clips to attach the braids onto the headband.
In general, the more elaborate a baby headband is, the cuter it will be.
Types of baby headbands
In order to make a baby headband, you will need at least one elastic band and something to decorate it with.
The ribbon is a common choice because it can be tied into bows or braided into the hair on either side of the headband. Some mothers prefer using sheer fabric instead of ribbons in case their baby accidentally sucks on them and they give off a bad taste.
If you do not want fabric hanging loose around your child's face, cut two small pieces to use as ties for the ponytails created on either side of the headband. As you get more comfortable making these, you may want to make ones that are adorned with bells or cartoon characters. The possibilities are endless!
What are its uses?
Baby headbands come in many different styles and colors to match any outfit your child might wear. They range from simple strawberry prints to polka dots and plaids to zebra stripes and hearts. Many of them have other decorative objects such as bows, flowers, or small bells attached. You can find ones with dangling pom-poms or silk leaves are sewn on top of the band itself.
You could wear one yourself - they look great on adults too! But their main purpose is for babies and toddlers: there is an entire market catering specifically towards little girls who want to tie ribbons around their heads; these bands serve that purpose.
What are its benefits?
Baby headbands are great for both children and parents alike. They're comfortable to wear, easy to put on or take off, and very versatile in their style. Bows of many different colors will match any given outfit that your child would be wearing - pink with blue stripes? Green with red hearts? White with black polka dots? Under the sea theme perhaps, with bands in shades of blue or green or yellow? Your baby can look adorable no matter what she's dressed up as!
Also, they will keep little wisps away from your toddler's eyes without requiring you to actually do anything; some babies like doing things on their own (and making messes while you watch helplessly), while others just want to look adorable without actually doing anything.
The main benefit is that you can buy one of these for your child quickly, easily, and with the comfort of knowing your baby can't take it off herself. They are inexpensive but made out of quality materials so they will last a long time before tearing, fading, or losing their elasticity.
What are its drawbacks?
These bands aren't so great if you have a toddler who likes to play outside, run around or throw things; the bow or flower may fall off eventually (depending on how often your little one does those activities), and then there won't be much left beyond an ugly strip of rubber which is not exactly cute anymore!
Also, some babies react worse than others to things around their heads; if your baby doesn't like you putting bows in her hair, this accessory is definitely not for her.
Also, it's important to remember that these are only accessories - they are there to make your baby look cute, but they will do nothing whatsoever when it comes to actually keep her hair out of her face. If she wants something in front of her eyes, she will simply take it! Baby headbands are purely ornamental and should not be expected to function as anything else.
How to choose a good baby headband?
You need to consider the color and style which would best suit your baby's outfit as well as her hair. A brown headband may not look right with a pink dress, for example. If you want to use this on multiple children, keep in mind that different girls will like different things!
It needs to feel good against the skin; it shouldn't be too tight that it hurts or too loose that it falls off or turns around on its own. The band itself should be made of quality elastic material: cotton is better than synthetic because it breathes better, but just about anything will do so long as it doesn't feel uncomfortable nor does it leave red marks around the circumference of their head after wearing it for a few minutes.
The bow needs to have high-quality material as well because your baby will like pulling on it to check if it's real. If she can take the bow off, you have a problem! Make sure the flower or other decorative object is secure enough that she won't be able to remove it easily.
Baby headbands are great for making your baby look cute, but their main purpose is for function - they serve that role better than regular hair bands because babies always want something in front of their eyes! It keeps stray strands out of her face so you don't have to worry about her looking messy all the time. Just remember that they are not toys since your child might try taking them off herself when she gets bored with them.
What material would you prefer?
The options are near limitless. The bands can be made out of cotton, synthetic materials, even leather. It all depends on what you want and how much you're willing to spend. Sometimes you can get lucky with dollar stores or other second-hand shops; just check the elastic bands every now and then to make sure they haven't worn thin yet!
Babies need accessories too so why not give them headbands? They are definitely something which will put a smile on your baby's face when she looks in the mirror at herself wearing it! Just don't forget that the function is more important than anything else - these babies won't do anything if your child doesn't like wearing them. Make sure to pick one which fits her well and isn't uncomfortable for her!
How can you make a DIY baby headband?
You can make headbands out of any material you want, but cotton or elastic are the best choices. If you have a sewing machine at home, it's fairly simple to sew something yourself on your own, but if you're not that crafty, just check out videos online for ideas on how to tie one together!
The materials required would only be an elastic band and some fabric or another decoration - fabric glue works well too - which is all you need to have an adorable baby headband. You can even use an old t-shirt as your base material so there isn't much waste involved.
You will need an elastic band that matches the size of your baby's head. Cut a section about a foot long and make a loop out of it, creating a knot at the end to fasten it together. Do this on both ends so you have two loops that can be tied around her head.
You can do this with different kinds of fabric or even ribbon - just make sure to tie them securely enough so they won't fall off when she moves around or else they will be rendered useless!
You can tie the loops together in front for decoration if you want but remember to leave an opening big enough for her hair to slip through so she doesn't get tangled up in the loops. If you're using another material like ribbon instead, cut into strips that are about an inch wide and make a loose knot on one end of each strip; put the ends together to form a bow.
If you don't want the loops, just use whatever material you're using for decoration like ribbon or fabric strips of different widths (make sure they're not too loose around her head) and tie them into bows on either side of her head; this is very simple but it definitely adds some cuteness!
Headband with flower embellishment
This is by far the easiest DIY baby headband if you really aren't good at sewing. All you will need is an elastic band, your choice of flower embellishments, and some kind of hair clip so that way she can keep it in place.
Cut small circles out of material and glue them to the center of a flower shape; this is just for decoration so you don't need to tie it securely around her head. Make sure that they're firmly attached or else they might fall off in no time and then she won't be able to go anywhere without holding onto her headband!
Cut a strip of fabric about an inch wide and double its length since you'll need enough material so it goes around your baby's head twice when tied together. Loop the two ends together and push another loop through for fastening; knot both loops together at the back so it fits snugly against her head without falling off.
Make sure there is enough fabric left over on either end to tie into bows - this looks much cuter than just a strip!
The headband with the flower embellishment is definitely ideal for newborns and small babies who can't really do much yet, but you could also make one for older kids too. Just remember to tie it securely enough so it won't fall off when she's wearing it!
Braided baby headband
This headband takes a bit more skill and patience since braiding isn't easy - especially when you're making a hair accessory out of it. The benefit here is that there are many different kinds of different textures from the braids which add some variety instead of looking boring if they were all made from the same material. You can even use a satin or other decorative fabric along with the braid if you think it's too simple for her outfit.
Make braids with three strands of fabric or ribbon and tie them into a loose knot at one end; you will need to make about six in total (two for each side) and space them out evenly around her head. Make sure that there is enough room so she can still see when they're tied together since babies can't really stay still for long periods of time. If your baby happens to fall asleep while wearing this, be careful not to wake her up so she doesn't start crying - nothing worse than a sad baby!
Two tone bows
You will need two colors of fabric or else you won't get this effect. Cut each piece into an oblong shape whose width is about an inch and a half, fold in half with the two different colors together so it looks like a mirror image, and cut slits on one side of the folded fabric.
Let's say you used pink/red for color A and white for color B - tie each strip around her head (the two ends should be at opposite sides) and make sure it fits snuggly but comfortably. If you want to try something more difficult, you can sew each strip onto either side of a ponytail holder; this might take some practice before getting it right though since you don't want to end up sewing them on too tightly or else they won't come off.
Other tips on how to make an adorable baby headband
- Make sure it's not too loose around her head
- Don't use anything that looks uncomfortable or will irritate the skin
- If you are making loops for tying bows, make sure they are big enough to fit a finger through them so you can pull each side apart. The bigger the loop, the easier it is to put on/take off without having to struggle with it!
You could also take advantage of this by placing embellishments over and under each loop before tying them together so some part of it sticks out and adds some texture.
- If you don't want any extra decoration on it, just leave one or both ends without ties so she can hold onto it when she gets older.