Brr..Winter is coming! 10 Tips to keep the baby warm. Can you miss the fourth one?
Its Fall/Autumn and winter will be here any time soon. Cold can range from being somewhat bearable to being ridiculously nerve wrecking experience. In either case, you would have to ensure that your baby remains warm no matter how cold it is out there. Hope you are also considering the worst case scenario – where the heat goes out and little help is available. In such case, below mentioned hacks to keep the baby warm would prove to be immensely useful.
Keeping your little one might not be that easy given the odds of unbearable cold that a number of us experience at times and that babies are more prone to catching serious health hazards as compared to older children. Another important point that is worth consideration is that you would not want to pack the baby with layers of heavy blankets but that would lead to breathing problems for sure! So how do you keep him or her warm without endangering his or her health?
Keep the baby dry
Yes, wet diapers, or no diapers at all, are the likely culprits and so are spit-ups and drooling. You ought to keep the baby dry. This ensures when the heat goes out your baby does not suffer from hypothermia while changing wet clothes time and again. While it may be time consuming, every second you invest in doing that is worth!
Try pairing the diapers with Hemp Inserts / Fitteds or wool. The absorbing power of the diapers is enhanced by several notches and you can get relieved from changing the diapers too often, particularly at night. This prevents exposing the baby to intense cold often. Try combining above options and find out what works best for your baby!
Consider heating the sheets
Given that piling on sheets of blankets isn’t an option how can you keep your baby warm? Well, why not consider heating the sheets in which the baby is going to sleep? As per Judith Owens, pediatric sleep expert, “To warm cold sheets, place a hot water bottle or a heating pad in the bed for a while before bedtime.” You may want to check that the sheets do not turn too warm to cause discomfort to the baby.
It is well established fact that babies cannot regulate their body temperature well and that it might be risky to add too many layers to the baby. Why not go for sleep slacks then? The baby stays warm, mobile and comfortable.
Somehow, you managed to keep the baby warm even when the heat goes out. Great job! But what about venturing out? The baby would not enjoy putting on multiple layers, so you need to get started early. Here is how:
– Add layers that are easy to add and remove
In order to provide a buffer against the intense cold, try a snowsuit. Putting on and taking it off is relatively easy and it provides pretty good cover against the cold. You can opt for one with water repellent exterior such as flannel or fleece.
– Hat and gloves/ mittens
How could you step out without them? A soft hat or a cap would be the starting point to cover the head. Gloves or mittens would be ideal to keep the hands of the child covered. If possible, keep an extra pair, just in case he or she manages to make it wet by sucking as that would make the hands colder, if not warmer.
With the baby loaded with layers of warm clothing, you may not want him or her to perspire when you step in, even for a short stop anywhere. Just remove one layer while stepping in and put it again when you venture out again.
Keeping the baby skin moisturized:
Dry, chapped skin is quite too common during winter season and that is utterly uncomfortable, especially for kids. You would want to prevent such situation to arise for sure. Wouldn’t you? If yes, then consider investing in a good moisturizer for baby’s sensitive skin. A moisturizing stick would be even better.
An important point to ponder over here is regarding how often you need to bathe your baby. Water and soap can make the skin dry, so you ought not to overdo the baths during this season. Use mild, not too hot water and do not keep the baby in water for too long. Make it a point to apply a mild lotion as soon as you rub the child dry and then cover him up.
Skin to skin contact
Skin to skin contact is another excellent way to keep the baby warm when the heat goes out. When the baby sleeps with you, she gets additional heat from you. No questions asked.
Watch out for the extremes
As pointed above, piling on the blankets on the baby is never a good idea. Consider getting mittens or breathable caps that are going to keep the baby warm. Besides that you would need to keep checking the baby to ensure that he or she is not feeling too cold or too warm.
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