Winter is coming—as they say. But, the reality is, even if you have a newborn, you’re still going to need to go outside. Whether it’s for doctor’s appointments, holidays visits or just because it’s not right to stay cooped up indoors, here’s how to keep your baby safe and warm this winter.
Did you know? Babies can’t shiver! That means they don’t have the ability to increase heat on their own and they don’t have the body fat (even if they have those baby rolls!) needed to keep warm. So, learning to layer them and keep them warm is important for all new parents to understand.
To keep your baby warm and safe this winter, follow these tips:
Dress your baby in layers.
- Layer one: Choose something snug—like leggings or a baby onesie (also known as a bodysuit).
- Layer two: Add another layer of pants and a long sleeve shirt.
- Final layer: Finish up with a jacket, hat, mittens, and warm booties to keep hands and feet warm.
Bundle up for the outdoors
If the temperature outside is near freezing or below freezing, bundle your baby up in a winter jacket—down or a synthetic down is best— a hat that covers their ears, baby-sized mittens, and top off with a stroller blanket or warm, cozy sack. Parenting tip: If your baby seems fussy (or is fussier than normal) they might be too cold. Feel their skin and if it’s cold to the touch, add on more layers.
Wear your baby!
We’ve all been there. Carrying a baby is like wearing an external heater, so just imagine that it’s keeping them just as warm. Wearing your baby in a carrier is a great way to keep you both warm and to provide extra comfort and soothing in cold, uncomfortable weather. Just make sure their tiny appendages are covered up!
Keep the indoor temperature right
You may be worried about it being too cold, but you can also overdo it on the indoor temperature. Not to mention, it’s really drying for their sensitive, new skin. To avoid that, keep your indoor temperature as mild as you can—anywhere between 68°F and 72°F. This is a perfectly comfortable temperature for everyone and will keep your baby the most comfortable.
Prevent dry skin
During cold months, there is little humidity in the air which is why everyone’s skin—including your baby’s—is so dry. One thing to keep in mind is that babies don’t really need to be washed daily and especially in the winter, it’s best to keep them out of the water which can be drying to their skin as well. Use a mild, moisturizer as often as necessary to keep them hydrated and their skin healthy.