Caring for a newborn in the winter can be a bit more challenging than in other seasons, as you need to keep your little one warm and protected from the cold.
Here are a few tips to help you care for your newborn during the winter months:
Dress your newborn in layers
Newborns can’t regulate their body temperature as well as adults, so it is important to keep them warm. Dress your newborn in layers, starting with a onesie or undershirt, followed by a sweater or shirt, and finally a warm jacket or snowsuit. Make sure to cover your newborn’s head and hands, as these areas can lose heat quickly.
Keep your home warm
It is important to keep your home warm and well-ventilated to ensure that your newborn is comfortable. Set your thermostat to around 68-72°F, and consider using a humidifier to add moisture to the air. This can help prevent dry skin and respiratory problems.
Bundle up when going outside
When you take your newborn outside, make sure to bundle them up in a warm coat, hat, and gloves or mittens. Avoid exposing your newborn to extreme cold or wind, and try to limit your time outside to short trips.
Wash your hands frequently: Cold and flu season coincides with the winter months, so it is important to wash your hands frequently to help prevent the spread of illness. Make sure to wash your hands before handling your newborn or preparing their bottles or food.
Be careful with heating devices
Heating devices such as space heaters and fireplaces can be a hazard to newborns. Keep heating devices away from your newborn and never leave them unattended.
Keep an eye on your newborn’s skin
The dry air of winter can lead to dry, flaky skin, which can be particularly uncomfortable for newborns. To help prevent dry skin, use a gentle, hypoallergenic moisturizer on your newborn’s skin and consider using a humidifier in your home.
Be mindful of car seat safety
When driving with your newborn in the winter, make sure to follow car seat safety guidelines. Dress your newborn in lightweight layers that can be easily removed, and make sure to properly secure the car seat straps. It is also important to make sure that the car seat is not placed too close to a heating source, as this can be a fire hazard.
Take breaks from the cold
If you are spending a lot of time outside in the cold, make sure to take breaks to warm up and check on your newborn. Bring your newborn inside to a warm room and make sure they are not getting too cold.
By following these tips, you can help keep your newborn warm and comfortable during the winter months. Remember to always use your best judgment and consult with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about your newborn’s health or well-being.