Winter Weather Tips To Keep Your Newborn Safe and Warm
When the temperatures drop in Charlotte, sometimes the last thing you want to do is venture outside with your baby. But adult duties like grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments and a run to Target means you and your little one must endure the chilly weather. You will want to make sure that your newborn is safe and warm.
“It’s very important that your baby is dressed appropriately before stepping outside because their bodies have a harder time regulating their body temperatures and they can lose heat faster,” says Lisa Wilson, a physician with Novant Health Providence OB/GYN.
But it’s not just the outside elements. You also have to watch the temperatures inside your house.
“There are several important factors to think about when keeping your precious newborn safe and warm during the winter, and this post offers some really useful tips,” Wilson explains.
Layer Up Your Newborn
A good rule of thumb is to add one extra layer to your child than what you are wearing. So if you’re wearing two layers of clothing then your baby should have three layers.
You can bundle them up in a onesie, then a fleece sweater and pants and a jacket. Of course be sure to have socks and a hat on because most of their body heat escapes from their head and feet.
No Winter Coats in Car Seat
You don’t want your baby to be wearing a big winter coat while being strapped into a car seat. This is because you will have to loosen up the car seat straps to get them to fit into the car seat. That creates a safety hazard for your little one.
The best thing to do is buckle your baby into the car seat and then cover a blanket over the straps to keep your baby warm.
Stay Warm While Walking
Sometimes cabin fever can get the best of you and your baby, and going on short little walks will help the two of you get some much needed fresh air.
Be sure your bundle of joy has the appropriate layers on, along with a hat, socks and boots. Put a blanket over them, but do not cover their face because that can harm their breathing. Just keep the blanket at chest level. You can also use stroller covers to protect from the wind.
You’ll want to limit your walks to less than 30 minutes, and be sure to frequently check your baby to make sure they’re OK.
Watch the Temperatures In Your Home
When the temperatures drop, the first thing you want to do is bump up the thermostat so that your baby is warm, but make sure it doesn’t get too hot in your home or the baby’s room.
Experts at sleepadvisor.org suggest that the baby’s room temperature be between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. You don’t want your infant to get too hot because that can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Also dressing your baby for bedtime is important. You can do a bodysuit with footed PJs and a sleep sack or swaddling blanket. Remember not to put any loose blankets in their crib.
Make Sure Their Skin Stays Baby Soft
The cold temperatures and the lack of humidity can do a number on not only your skin but your baby’s skin. It can make skin dry and itchy.
The best way to keep your newborn’s skin baby soft is to limit the time in the tub to just about 10 minutes and make sure the water is warm but not hot. Then once they’re out of the tub, apply a good moisturizer to help your baby’s skin. You may want to consider using an ointment on your child instead of a cream because that can lock in moisture better.
A quick tip to check and see if your baby is too hot or too cold is to put your hand on their tummy or back. They should be warm, but not cold or sweaty.
If you have any concerns please contact one of our physicians with any questions. You can call our Providence office at 704-372-4000, our Steelecroft office at 704-384-7900 or our SouthPark office at 704-372-4000.