Keeping those sweet babies warm in the winter is challenging, especially when you're on the go. You'd never think that bundling your baby up could potentially harm him, but unfortunately there are times when it can be harmful. If you live in an area with a lot of moisture, proper clothing is especially important in the cold. Here are some helpful tips to keep your baby safe and warm this winter!
PC: All StateWinter Coats & Carseat Safety: Those big, puffy coats may be good for long periods of outdoor fun, but in the carseat they are a big no-no. And they really aren't necessary. Because puffy coats cause a high risk of injury to children strapped in car seats, they should only be worn when playing outside or going to and from the vehicle. Instead, try dressing your baby in multiple thin layers. Once your baby is all buckled in, tuck a blanket around him for extra warmth. If you feel like that's not enough, try dressing your baby in a long-sleeved onesie layered with a footed fleece outfit and a warm hat. If you are going for a long drive, remember to check on your baby and remove layers (blankets, hat, mittens) as necessary. Remember that babies can get too warm, just like us!
On A Walk: Babies lose heat much faster than adults, so a good rule of thumb is to dress your baby in one extra layer of clothing than you. A warm coat, mittens, hat and blankets are suggested for walking outdoors. Always make sure the outside temperature is 25 degrees F with minimal wind. If you are using a stroller, an attachable bag is acceptable to use, but never use it during a car ride. If you are in need of a warm blanket for the stroller or carseat, the Saranoni Minky Luxury Mini Blanket is perfect! It's soft, cozy and will definitely keep your sweet baby nice and toasty! Outdoor Play: If you live in an area with a lot of snow, be sure to emphasize staying dry. If your baby's coat and pants aren't waterproof, he will get cold more quickly. During snow play, your baby should be dressed in footed snow pants with a waterproof coat or a snow suit with waterproof boots. Layers are also important, even if your baby is wearing a snow suit or snow bibs. A fleece footed outfit is a great clothing item to have underneath the waterproof snow suit. Doing this will keep your babies heat in, while still keeping the moisture out. If you are playing outside for long periods of time, be prepared with hats, mittens, extra socks and proper shoes.
Signs That Your Baby is Cold: One of the first and most noticeable signs is a fussy baby. If your baby starts to cry, fuss or you notice his eyes tearing up, it is probably time to go inside and get warm. More serious signs that your baby is too cold are noticeable shivering and lip quivering accompanied by the lips turning blue. If any of these start to happen, go inside immediately. Signs That Your Baby is Too Warm: Again, your baby will probably fuss if he feels too warm. If you suspect he is too warm, feel around his body for any signs of sweating. If he is sweaty, he is too warm and needs to be undressed inside. Do not undress a sweaty baby outside. The sweat on his body increases the chance of hypothermia once it is exposed to the cold air. Another test to check if your baby is too warm is to feel his bare feet. They should feel cool, but not cold or hot. If your baby's feet are hot, that is a sure sign that he is over dressed.