Its winter season and the winter months are as beautiful as they are cold. As parents plan for holiday activities, parties, family dinner and winter clothes shopping, it pays to pay extra attention to the little ones to make sure their clothes are warm enough and they are kept cozy and comfortable. Luckily there are lots of winter clothes for babies, coats, socks, jackets, tights etc. But being a festive season parents also want to dress up their kids in fancy clothes but also keep them one but those two things don’t always go together. There are however ways that you can spruce up your baby or toddler’s outfit to give it that holiday spirit. You can use accessories such as Bows for Infants, holiday-themed beanies or turbans, sparkly socks, and choose coats in holiday colors like red or gold. However, no matter what you do always keep your infant warm and it should be the priority. Below are some ways you can make sure they stay warm all the time no matter the occasion or location this holiday season.
Perhaps it’s your baby’s first winter and you’re still getting used to understanding how best to keep them warm. As the baby grows and after a few tries, you’ll become more confident in how many layers you need to put them in when they sleep. Don’t hurry and put them in a very thick one-piece sleepsuit as you have less control of the temperature. Instead put them in layers, maybe a light shirt under their nightwear and then a sweater on top so you can take off layers or add more depending on how the temperature changes. You should also get light fleece blankets and cotton blankets for their cribs. Make sure the blankets are warm and soft to the skin and not itchy or too heavy. When your kid is napping during the day they’ll probably not require as many layers as they will at night because it’s relatively warmer during the day. If your baby is a restless or rough sleeper that rolls around while sleeping and kicks off their blankets, you can get them sleeping bags instead. The sleeping bags stay in place and can’t be kicked off thereby keeping your baby warm all night long. Sleeping bags are available in a range of sizes and can still be useful long into their toddler period. These sleeping bags meet over the shoulders so the top looks more like overalls. This stops your baby from sliding down into the bag. Some sleeping bags zip from top and bottom, which makes them easier to open if you need to change a nappy without disrupting a sleepy baby too much.
In any circumstance, you should always remember to put your baby to bed at the bottom of his cot so that he cannot wriggle down under sheets when sleeping. With loose bedding like blankets a no-no, dressing your baby for sleep is especially important. Staying on the cool side is better than overdoing it: babies sleep better when they’re comfortable and overheated babies are at greater risk for SIDS.
Playing in the Snow
If you’re lucky enough to have a White Christmas then playing in the snow is probably a common holiday activity. Outfitting a kid of any age for snow play can be a hassle, but don’t let that scare you or prevent your little explorer from experiencing one of winter’s greatest pleasures. Kids love snow and will love any snow-related activity. When it comes to dressing up for playtime in the snow, the rules for layering and staying warm should be the same as for any cold weather, but with a bigger emphasis on staying dry. A waterproof snowsuit with attached feet or a snow jacket and waterproof pants and boots, a hat and waterproof mittens are a must. You can take off your kids’ gloves momentarily to allow your baby to feel the snow with his or her bare hands. Of course, you’ll need to be ready to dry and warm them quickly afterward. Also add sunscreen and sunglasses to your list, since the sun’s rays reflect off snow. You can play in the snow for a long time but watch your kids and make sure they are comfortable, any sign of discomfort then you can call it a day.
If you decide to spend time indoors bundled up by the fire with some hot chocolate and marshmallows there are some rules you also need to follow. The ideal temperature to have indoors is between 68° and 72°F, and the one-more-layer rule of thumb applies indoors. This rule states that if you’re comfortable in two layers, your baby needs three layers. A good way to check to see if your baby is too hot or cold is to put a hand on his tummy or back, which should be warm but not sweaty. Keeping your baby from becoming too warm is especially important when he’s sleeping because as I mentioned above, overheating can contribute to SIDS. Sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks, and rapid breathing are all signs of overheating, so if you observe them, remove a layer of clothing. But there’s no need to go crazy checking on him every five minutes. If he’s sleeping soundly, his crib is clear of loose bedding, and the temperature is set to the appropriate range, then the baby is probably just right.
The Ideal Room Temperature
Ideally, a room should be kept between 20ºC and 23ºC during the day and 15.5ºC and 18.5ºC at night. Of course, through one night, the temperature will vary, but if you have your baby’s cot or crib in a neutral place that’s away from any direct heat sources and you’ll be able to find the best average temperature that’s the most comfortable. In very cold weather, if you choose to keep the heating on bear in mind that this will dry out the air more and so supplement with a humidifier or a bowl of water on a radiator will help keep the air moist.