How to Keep Your Baby Warm All Winter
Ready to take on your first winter as a mom? If you’ve been planning on spending the next few months hibernating, forget about it! It’s time to get moving. From exploring the benefits of a parent play group to indoor and outdoor activities that are fun for both mama and baby, the winter season is a great time to get out and explore the world around you.
Unsure of how to dress baby for the colder temperatures? Here are a few useful tips that will help you keep baby warm all winter long. Keep in mind; the general rule of thumb from the American Paediatrics is to dress baby in one more layer than an adult would wear.
There’s no reason for you to stay inside when the world is waiting for you and your baby to explore it! After all, you’re not the only one who will go stir-crazy if you don’t leave the house, so bundle up and get ready to brave the great outdoors.
It’s reading a balmy zero degrees outside, but you want to take walk. What do you do? Infant CPR suggests using the number of layers you yourself are wearing as a base. Then, add one additional layer to ensure baby is ready to roll. A fuzzy one piece or snowsuit coupled with breathable layers underneath is a smart way to keep baby warm. Just remember that babies, like big kids, lose a large amount of heat through their head, so a good hat is a must.
If you are using a carrier to tot around your newborn, keep in mind that your body heat will transfer to baby. Check every now and then to make sure they’re not getting too hot. If you’re using a stroller, consider grabbing a fleece lined insert to provide extra comfort and warmth!
On days when it’s too cold to brave the outdoors, you might still feel the urge to get out of the house. Prepare yourself by making a list of fun, indoor activities to keep you and the little one busy when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Museums, aquariums, libraries, indoor playparks and even shopping malls are all places that welcome moms and tots. Venues like cinemas and art galleries often offer daytime specials for moms. A quick search on the web will provide you with information about daily drop-in activities in your area to provide a bit of stimulation in between naps.
Just be sure that whatever you do (and wherever you go), you pack extra clothing. A pre-packed diaper bag containing a full change of clothing can be a lifesaver, especially when an unexpected spill can mean placing baby back in a cold car seat. A dry baby, is a happy baby!
The most obvious way to make sure baby is comfortable during cold winter nights is to crank the heat up to somewhere between 20-24 degrees Celsius. If however, you’re finding your baby needs an extra layer of warmth, skip the blankets and choose a sleep sack instead. Sleep sacks are a great alternative to blankets and provide an extra layer needed to stay warm even on the coldest nights. Our favourite thing about sleep sacks? Some swaddle and some don’t, so your baby is comfortable – and comforted – however they sleep best.
In the car
Sometimes the hardest part isn’t finding things to do in the winter, it’s getting there. If your baby is small enough to be snug as a bug in a warm little one piece, you’re all set. Just remember that baby is wearing multiple layers if/when you decide to take off your jacket and crank the heat. If however, you’ve reached the stage of bulky jackets and snowsuits, here’s what you need to know.
Katherine Hutka, president of the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada, explains why it’s important to remove bulky outerwear when putting your infant into their car seat. “Even when the straps are tight, if you add a layer of bulky padding between the child and the car seat straps, this padding can compress in the force of the crash, making the straps suddenly too loose and putting your child at risk of injuries or ejection.” Instead of taking the risk, simply remove all jackets or snowsuits before inserting any infant into a car seat and use blankets instead to ensure your baby stays warm all winter long.