Brrr… 5 Tips to keep the baby warm when heat goes out – you cannot miss the third
December is officially here and so is cold, which 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!
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.
Try sleep slacks
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.
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.