With the weather turning, newbie parents begin to get worried on how to keep their newborns warm in such harsh weather conditions. You want them to be comfortable and able to wriggle about, but not cold enough to get a chill, which can lead to hideous colds. Here are a few ways you can keep your newborn warm and comfortable.
Buy Winter Clothing Invest beforehand in winter clothing for your baby. You will need warm shoe socks, fleecy hats, warm snow suits, coats and thermals. Since heat loss is mostly from the head and feet, it’s vital that you get warm clothing that targets these areas. Layering is also a good idea as it’s far more effective than having one warm layer, so invest in thermals to go underneath, a warm all in one suit and then a coat.
In colder climates, they use wool for every item of clothing, including underwear, as it has such great insulation properties. So it may be about time you learnt to knit, or ask Granny to make some clothes for him or her.
Keep Him Or Her Warm In the Car Although cars do eventually heat up, it may take a few minutes or so, which may seem like nothing to you but for your baby this can be pretty uncomfortable. So plan ahead and heat up the car before you put baby in, and when using a car seat remember to wrap your baby up in a blanket, but not too tightly as your baby may want to wriggle and move around freely.
Avoid the Elements With younger babies, you should not take them outside for long periods of time, even when wrapped up. But when you do make sure they are protected from the elements in their pushchair. Use a blanket to snuggle them into and shade them from wind, sleet, rain and snow by using a clear protective cover, which attaches to the pushchair. Check upon baby regularly to make sure he or she is okay.
Check Baby’s Temperature Usually babies begin to cry and scream when uncomfortable, alerting you to the fact they are hungry, cold or too hot, but since babies can only tell us that something is wrong, we need to figure out exactly what the problem is. In winter try to regularly check a baby’s temperature by not feeling their hands, but the back of their neck, which should be an indicator of how hot or cold your baby is
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