Keeping Your Winter Baby Cozy
As the weather turns colder we pull out the heavy winter coats, hat and
scarves. We know that keeping our heads covered keeps our whole body
warmer. As new parents you are now responsible to keep a brand new
human being cozy and comfortable in the harsh winter months also. Here
are some tips to help you in your first winter as a parent.
Before you know it you will be helping your child build a snowman or
splash through rainy day puddles! Enjoy the weather and donít be afraid
to get out there and give your youngster all the fun experiences that
- Do not overdress your baby. As we look out the window and see
snow or rain or wind, it is easy to start putting layer after layer on
our newborn before going out.† But too many layers can cause over
heating while in a warm car or store. Remember you will only be out in
the weather for short moments from car to buildings.
- Look at what you are wearing. You have learned that two or three
layers are helpful in the winter. If you are wearing a long sleeve
shirt and a lightweight jacket, then your baby will be comfortable in
the same combination. You may want to add an extra blanket that is easy
to remove for good measure.
- Fussing may be caused by weather discomfort. If you are strolling
through a store and cannot figure out why your baby is fussy, consider
that it may be just a matter of too much or not enough clothing for the
temperature of the store.
- Winter days call for foot and head coverings. A comfy hat and
soft socks or booties will go a long way toward keeping your babyís
temperature even. We lose body heat through our extremities, so keep
the tootsies warm and the head covered when you and Baby are outside in
the winter months.
- Keep your babyís skin dry. Indoor heating can cause skin
irritations and flaky skin rashes. Oatmeal baths can keep baby happy a
few times a week if needed. Only use gentle baby wash cleansers for
your babyís bath. And remember that your newborn does not need a full
bath every day. Two or three baths a week is sufficient. Always dry
thoroughly but gently after each bath.
- Keep baths short. Bath time should not be more than five or ten
minutes so that extra moisture is not lost through the skin.
Immediately after a gentle drying, apply a soothing lotion. This will
ensure that babyís natural moisture is locked in before the dry indoor
air pulls it away.
- Bundle up for outdoor time but be aware that your little oneís
mouth and nose are free to breath. Constantly check that a blanket has
not slipped too close to the airwaves. Babies love to be bundled up
tight; it makes them feel secure and safe.