Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Tips On How To Keep Baby Safe In Winter Weather
Babies are not experts at regulating their body temperature quite yet, but that doesn’t mean they should be bundled up like mini space travelers to enjoy a winter stroll. Getting outside is a good cure for cabin fever and can break up the day when you’ve spent WAY too much time indoors. To keep baby warm and comfortable, the general rule is to dress her in one layer more than you’re wearing yourself. However, each baby is different, so see what works best for your child and enjoy some much needed fresh air.
Here are more tips on how to keep baby happy and comfy outdoors:
- A thick winter hat is the number one necessity. On very cold days, be sure the hat covers the ears; one that fastens under the chin is helpful to keep it positioned.
- Keep fingers and toes protected with mittens, thick socks, and booties (if available).
- Wear your baby against your body in a sling or carrier. This can help to keep her warmer than when she’s riding in a stroller.
- Keep a warm, thick blanket handy in case baby needs extra protection.
- Bright sun against white snow can be hard on the eyes. Keeping a pair of baby sunglasses with you can help her enjoy her walk while looking fashionable.
Protecting Babies Skin:
The winter season can be irritating for your child’s tender skin. Cold, dry air can sap moisture, and your little one’s rosy cheeks can quickly become leathery and wind-burned. Luckily, there are basic steps you can take to protect baby from seasonal skin hazards.
- If any areas of your child’s skin look or feel dry, immediately apply a generous amount of baby moisturizer.
- Purchase perfume-free baby soaps and lotions, which are less likely to be irritating.
- Use a humidifier in baby’s room or around the house. For safety reasons, don’t place the humidifier near or directly over your child.
- Dressing your child in too many or too heavy layers can make him sweat, leading to blocked glands and skin irritation, while under-dressing can dry out exposed skin or aggravate a preexisting condition.
- Cut down on daily baths. Two or three times a week is enough for an infant’s first year; more baths may dry out the skin, especially during the winter. If your baby finds a daily bath soothing, make sure it lasts no longer than 10 minutes and that the water is lukewarm, not hot.
Keep these tips in mind, because ‘baby, it’s bad out there,’ and before you know it, winter will move out so you and your little one can enjoy the fresh spring air!