Winter can be harsh on infants. Today I’m sharing how to keep your baby safe and warm in the winter. These are my tips for winterproofing your baby.
Georgia winters are usually nothing to write home about. They can get pretty cold, but except for Snowmageddon 2014, there isn’t a lot of wintry precipitation. Even so, when Annabelle was born in December, I prepared myself to stay indoors until spring. I was scared to bring a newborn out into the chilly air and potential freezing rain, but as life goes, I couldn’t hide inside forever. I also couldn’t escape winter in my house.
How do you keep a baby warm during bath time?
Before you begin tubby time, make sure the bathroom is warm. If you don’t have controllable heat in the bathroom, use a small space heater or run a hot shower prior to bath time. Keep the bath short – 5-10 minutes –
Keep the bath short – 5-10 minutes at the most – and remember that you don’t need to bathe infants every day.
Toss your baby’s towel in the dryer before/during bath time. What’s better than a cozy warm towel after a winter bath?
How do you put a baby in a car seat while wearing a winter coat?
NEVER PUT YOUR BABY IN A CAR SEAT WEARING A WINTER COAT! It is extremely dangerous for a little one to be strapped in while How do you keep a baby’s skin from becoming too dry or chapped?sporting a giant jacket. There are specific rules for car seat safety in the winter that all parents should follow.
If you’re worried about your little one being cold in the backseat, here are some things you can do:
- warm your car up before getting in
- dress your child in a thin fleece jacket as an extra layer for warmth
- always leave a blanket in your backseat – cover your baby with the blanket
- once your child is in the seat, put their jacket on backwards
- when you’ve arrived at your destination, take your child out of the car seat first, and then put the jacket back on him/her.
How do you keep your baby’s skin from becoming too dry or chapped?
Cold, dry air is the worst for your precious baby’s skin as it sucks the moisture out and leaves leathery chapped spots in its place. Using a thick moisturizer, such as Eucerin, Aquaphor, or petroleum jelly on your baby’s face will help treat any skin that’s already chapped and protect the rest (source). In the house, use a warm air humidifier to keep the air moist – this will keep baby’s skin moist too.
How do I make sure my baby is warm at night?
If my Grandma was alive, I am sure she would be lecturing me for not putting a onesie underneath all of Ailey’s outfits, especially her pajamas. I would argue that babies should not be bundled up for bed. They are most comfortable and safest sleeping in temperatures between 61 and 67 degrees.
The only thing a baby needs on top of pajamas is a sleeper blanket to be comfortable (if any). You should never put layers of clothing or loose blankets on an infant at night. Ailey wears light sleeper pajamas and is swaddled in her Nested Bean at night, so I know that she is warm, but not too hot. Overbundling and overheating can increase the risk of SIDS in infants.
How do I make sure my baby is warm enough outside?
Always add one extra layer of clothing to your infant then you are wearing if you will be outside in cold temperatures. Make sure you keep your baby’s hands, head, and ears covered to avoid frostbite. I’ve never had to use a winter car seat cover here in Georgia, but when we visit my family in Connecticut, this would come in handy. Apparently there are stroller sleeping bag muffs for children as well, which would be great for a walk on a chilly day.