Baby, it’s cold outside! The frigid temperatures have begun across the country, with negatives in many northern places in the past few days and tons of snow! The frigid air is more than just an inconvenience, it’s dangerous – especially for a small baby.
Here are a few simple things you can do to keep your baby warm this winter.
If you feel like your house is a chilly you can dress your baby in light layers. It’s also a good idea to purchase a few blanket sleepers for bedtime. They will keep your baby warm all night, and are much safer than wrapping him in blankets.
Nothing makes my teeth chatter like climbing between a pair of icy cold sheets at night. No wonder our babies cry when we lay them down- their cribs are probably freezing! One thing we have been doing to make bedtime a little cozier is using microwavable rice heating bags. Each evening when we start our bedtime routine we heat up the rice bags and place one in each child’s bed. By the time the kiddos are ready to go to sleep their beds are all warmed up, making it easier to snuggle in for a long winter’s nap. You can do the same thing with a hot water bottle or a heating pad. Just be sure to take it out of the crib before you put your baby down.
Still chilly? Maybe a space heater is the way to go. We ended up getting a small portable one. Even though we bought it with the intention of putting it in the nursery, it does a fair amount of traveling. Recently I’ve been taking it downstairs in the morning and setting it on the floor in the kitchen while we eat breakfast. Why be cold if you don’t have to be? It was pretty inexpensive ($25) and has a built in thermostat, so it turns on and off by itself to regulate a safe and cozy temperature.
On the Go:
Warm hats are a must. Unless you’re my son, in which case hats are the worst possible form of torture. Don’t worry; I tricked him by buying a coat with a fleece- lined hood, which he tolerates for the most part.
When we’re out and about I also like to put little mittens on his hands. I keep an extra pair of them in the diaper bag because he tends to chew on them, and once they are wet they are of no use to either of us.
Be sure to dress your baby in layers so that you can remove a layer any time you go indoors. If your baby starts to perspire the extra moisture will make him even colder when you go back outside.
In the Car:
Please spend a few minutes reading the latest researching regarding bulky winter coats and car seat safety. Anything between your child and the car seat straps becomes compressed in the event of a crash, which creates negative space and increases the chances of serious injury. Adjusting to not wearing coats in the car has been a battle for us this winter, but I think the kids have finally accepted our new routine. We pile the kids in the car, take off their coats, buckle them in, and then put their arms through the sleeves of their coats so they’re wearing them backwards. I’ve also been known to use our trusty rice bags to warm up their car seats when I’m on the ball… which, for the record, is almost never. But when it does happen the kids are much happier to climb into their seats.
Well folks, my fingers are officially turning to ice, which means it’s either time to swipe the space heater from my son’s room, or it’s time for hot cocoa. I’m going to go with the latter. For all the negative aspects of the cold weather, there are a few things I love about it. Freezing temperatures make it so much easier to just stay inside, snuggled up with the ones I love… which is what I’m going to do right now!
Hang in there, winter doesn’t last forever! Here’s some advice on what to do during a snow day!
During the winter when you go to take your baby out, do you put the snowsuit on your baby and put then in the car seat or do you put them in the car seat and then the snowsuit on when you arrive where you are going?
My LO will be 1 December 21st- his name is Harbor- so I wanted to do a nautical theme birthday party- but it’s winter & figure that would be weird. Any ideas on a first birthday party in the winter for baby boy? We live in Alabama so not too cold- but still…