OK so here is another little piece of advice I have for new parents of a baby with an arm amputation. PLEASE ROLL UP YOUR BABY'S SLEEVES. Don't let long sleeves cover your baby's arm. It is my pet peeve when I see that. What's under there? SHOW IT OFF! Please don't try to cover it up with clothes or blankets when you go out in public. For babies, their sense of touch is everything. They are exploring and learning so much through what they feel. If their limb is covered up they are only getting to feel with half of what they could be. And if your sleeves were too long you wouldn't let them hang over your hand right? They would get in the way.
Gavin is a LBE (left below elbow) amputee. With long sleeve shirts its easy enough to just roll up the left sleeve twice and its the perfect length for his arm. (He does not like to have it covered up and will get ticked if you don't roll up his sleeve immediately!)
Some parents get their children's clothes or jackets altered by having the arms shortened and sewn up professionally. It looks really nice but can get expensive unless you're handy with a sewing machine. We didn't want to do that because we want to save his clothes for future kids. But if you do decide to get your child's clothes altered you can always pass them on to a younger child with the same limb difference.
Gavin HATES to wear his prosthetic arm (which I will write more about later!) and we think a big reason for that is that he doesn't like having the end of his arm covered up. He loses his sense of touch and he uses that arm for everything so when its covered, its harder to do things the way he's used to doing them.
So my point to this post is FLAUNT WHAT THEY GOT and BE PROUD of your BEAUTIFUL child!