Stickers, A Trauma Story

Stickers, A Trauma Story

As a new parent, you may be tempted to dress up your newborn with cute stickers or decorate their onesie with fun designs. However, what may seem like harmless fun can actually have detrimental effects on your baby's physical and psychological health.

Physical Issues:

Putting stickers on a newborn baby can lead to various physical issues, including:

  • Skin irritation: Stickers can cause irritation, itching, or redness on a baby's delicate skin. This can lead to discomfort and even infections in some cases.
  • Breathing difficulties: If a sticker is placed on a baby's face or neck, it can obstruct their airways, leading to breathing difficulties.
  • Choking hazard: Small stickers or parts of stickers can come loose and become a choking hazard for the baby.

Psychological Issues:

Putting stickers on a newborn baby can also have psychological effects, including:

  • Confusion: Babies rely on facial recognition to identify their caregivers. Placing stickers on a baby's face can lead to confusion and hinder their ability to recognize familiar faces.
  • Anxiety: Babies are still developing their senses and are sensitive to new stimuli. Placing stickers on a baby's body can cause them to feel anxious or uncomfortable.
  • Low self-esteem: Dressing up a baby with stickers or other decorative items can give the impression that their natural appearance is not good enough, leading to potential self-esteem issues as they grow up.


While putting stickers on a newborn baby may seem harmless, it can have severe consequences on their physical and psychological well-being. As parents, it is important to prioritize the safety and comfort of our babies over the need to decorate or dress them up. Instead, we can focus on bonding with them and providing them with a nurturing and safe environment to thrive in.

  • Always check the material of stickers and the adhesive to make sure they are safe for babies.
  • Keep stickers away from the face, neck, and mouth to avoid any potential choking hazards or breathing difficulties.
  • Prioritize your baby's comfort and avoid placing too many decorative items on them.
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