Cold winter nights can be a matter of concern for new parents. So it’s essential to keep the baby warm, and cozy during cold winter nights.
When it is cold, it becomes difficult to regulate the body temperature of babies. Following this, they become susceptible to cold and flu.
However, most parents are often confused regarding the balance of layers and clothes. Too many layers may make your baby uncomfortable.
As a parent you should know how to maintain a consistent body temperature so that your baby feels warm and cozy.
Let us discuss some simple ways to ensure your baby stays warm and healthy during cold winter nights.
Ways To Keep Baby Warm And Healthy In Winter
Set the room temperature
Do you know overheating can be problematic for babies? It is essential to set the room temperature as per the weather to ensure that your little one does not feel too hot or too cold.
A comfortable room temperature should be between 18 to 22 degrees. You can use a room temperature tool to check whether you have set the temperature right. Besides, keep the thermostat at a comfortable temperature.
If the room temperature is comfortable for you, it will be the same for your baby. Speak to your pediatrician to know about the comfortable room temperature for babies. It usually depends on the climate and place. Preferably, the room temperature should feel warm to an adult.
Dress your baby for the night
Comfort is vital in dressing up your baby. But, you can select layers that are easy to put and remove. For example, instead of using heavy woolen clothes for your little one, try thinner layers.
Most parents stick to woolen clothes for winter nights, but too many layers can make your baby feel uncomfortable.
It is not about the layers, it is about using the right clothes. Besides, thin layers can make it easy to change diapers in the middle of the night. One added layer should be the rule. A layer extra than you is the right way to do it.
Keep the wind off and preheat the crib
The crib position plays a vital role in how comfortable your baby feels at night. You can place the crib away from windows or air vents to a warm place in your room. Also, you need to close windows and doors to bar the air from entering the room.
At times, the cold becomes unbearable even for adults. In this case, you can preheat the crib to create a cozy sleeping space for your baby. For this, you can place a hot water bottle or use a heating pad over the crib for half-hour. Then, when you put your little one to sleep, the crib would be warm and he would feel cozy.
Use a firm mattress and a sleeping bag
Use a mattress with a well-fitted waterproof protector sheet. A soft mattress is more vulnerable to moisture as the air can enter easily, which may increase the chance of getting sick. On the other hand, a firm mattress protects your baby and reduces the risk of flu during cold winter nights.
Besides, you can use a sleeping bag to provide a restful sleep to your little one. Wrap your child in a thick sleeping bag (there are many available for babies) and make sure your baby feels cozy. Sleeping bags are also known as wearable blankets.
Cover your baby’s head and legs
Babies lose heat through hands and heads, and so you should focus on covering these areas. There are soft baby caps, mittens, and soaks available for little ones. But don’t stick to heavy mittens if you are using them, stick to lightweight mittens.
Besides, if you cover your baby with layers – lighter mittens will be perfect. Mittens are also a good option for babies who suck their thumb at night. Also, have extra pair of mittens ready. Finally, use special warm socks to keep the feet warm.
Dressing Up Baby For Outdoors In Winters
- Staying out with your baby for long is also a task. Besides, if you don’t keep safety precautions, it can affect your little one.
- Dress up your baby in a way, so that you can adjust the layers while you go outdoors. Additionally, you can carry mittens and blankets along with you.
- Wear your little one in a carrier to add that extra layer of coziness. This helps if there is snow outside.
- While carrying your baby in a stroller, there should be two to three layers of blankets, so that the air does not get inside it.
What should parents avoid doing?
- Excessive wrapping may do more harm than good, and may hinder the breathing process of your little one. Also, avoid using long scarves around the neck.
- Avoid heavy blankets while layering, as clothes give enough protection to the baby.
- Don’t keep the room temperature too high or overheat the room, as mentioned above. The room temperature should be ideally set according to the climate.
- Don’t cover your baby’s face as he may feel uncomfortable.
- If there is frostbite, don’t run the frozen areas. Instead, apply a wet cloth on the area and let it soothe naturally.
- Don’t use electric blankets for children below 2 years.
Basic Guidelines For Keeping Baby Warm:
- The best way to keep your baby warm is to dress him up in a footed sleep suit. There are special sleep suits available that keep the legs and hands warm in winter. But don’t forget to put a vest or tee under the sleepsuit to provide extra warmth.
- You can use a baby moisturizer with milk cream or butter for dryness. Most babies suffer from redness on the skin due to extreme cold. A cream is handy in providing soothing relief when the skin is red or dry.
- Place a hot water bag on the bed for some time for extra warmth.
Apart from all the above tips, it’s essential to know when your baby is too cold or hot, so that you can adjust the clothes and temperature accordingly.
When your baby is too hot, the face will be flushed, and the back portion will be clammy. If it gets too hot, your baby might have a bumpy rash on the skin.
Similarly, you can check if the baby is too cold. If cold, the tummy area will be too cold to touch. Moreover, the nose or fingers may get paler, or the lips might be blue.
Also, don’t put your baby to sleep next to a heat source, as that may lead to overheating. So now you know how to take care of your little one in winters and do your best to keep the warmth.