Winter Chill: Ideas For Keeping Baby Comfortable In The Winter
There's no way around it: Even in all of winter's glory it's cold. It takes a lot of energy to keep ourselves warm when the temperatures dip below freezing. What's even more difficult is keeping a newborn comfy. Because babies can't talk it's very difficult to tell how they're feeling and, in a lot of cases, we have to guess. Here are 5 ideas for keeping baby comfortable in the winter.
Baby, It's Cold Outside
When it's cold outside, the heat in our homes is cranked up as high as our pocketbooks allow. But with that heat and the absence of moisture in the air outside, baby's skin dries out very quickly. In baby's bedroom, keep a humidifier on and full of water to aid with dry throats and skin. After short baths and before bed, slather on the fragrance-free and dye-free lotion to keep his skin supple and comfortable throughout the winter.
Ice, Ice Baby
Going outside in the winter for a quick romp in the snow is an experience babies appreciate and should have; just remember not to stay out too long. Babies bodies are still getting used to being outside the womb and their bodies don't readily regulate temperature as well as adults. That means your baby gets cold long before you do, so make sure to go back indoors before you get cold. Also, keep an eye on exposed skin and go inside when cheeks start getting pink! If those cheeks get rosy, it could be an indication of frostnip, a precursor to frostbite.
Baby, Hold On
You can't have too many hats and gloves for your little one. There's no telling when a baby will tear off a hat in the grocery store or flip a glove into the parking lot. They're items a baby can't be without in the winter; having a few extras stashed in the car or in the mud room gives the parents of a newborn a little bit more peace of mind.
Baby, I Love Your Way
Somehow, the car always seems so much colder than it is outside. It's unpleasant for us, so it's likely more unpleasant for your baby. Try to think ahead and turn on your car a few minutes before you leave so it has a chance to warm up for baby before you buckle him into his car seat. But before you leave the house, remember that bulky coats won't necessarily be comfortable in a car seat. Try dressing him in thin layers and tucking him into the seat with a good blanket (over the harness). Additionally, keep a blanket in the car at all times in case of emergency.
Don't Worry Baby
Nighttime is a tough time for new parents for many reasons, but at the top of the list is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). There's no one clear cause for SIDS, but creating a safe sleeping environment is suggested and may be attributed for the decrease in infant deaths since the 1990s. Until you're ready to outfit a toddler bed, a safe sleeping environment means keeping soft bedding and stuffed animals out of the crib when your baby is sleeping -- which is troubling when it's cold outside and the cool air seeps in through cracks of doors and windows. Rather than piling on blankets, make sure the windows in the nursery are equipped with a weather strip seal to block any air from the outside. If you don't want to heat up the whole house (it's expensive and a cool bedroom is good for adult sleep), invest in a good, kid-safe space heater and use it with caution. In the crib, make sure your baby is swaddled well or dress your baby in a sleep sack to trap body heat to recycle it.