The first winter with your baby can be quite daunting. Not only are you thinking about getting up for those night feeds (yikes!), but also how to keep your baby warm.
Helping your baby stay warm during winter is essential as they are not able to regulate their temperatures.
Here are a few guiding tips.
Your Baby’s First Winter: A Guide For Parents
Night feeds – ensure you are warm too
Your baby will be all cuddled up and cozy at night. Ensure that you have a warm gown and socks for yourself to make it a little more comfortable getting up for night feeds.
Ensure that your baby’s vaccination schedule is up to date
Especially in those early months, it is vital to stay up to date with your baby’s vaccination schedule.
Use a Humidifier
Combat the effects of dry air by using a humidifier to add moisture to the air, which assists little ones with breathing. Ensure that it is cleaned properly each day. Living & Loving wrote an informative article on What You Should Know About Humidifiers.
How to strap your baby in the car seat
It is considered dangerous to have your baby wear thick and puffy jackets in the car seat. Instead, dress baby in layers and then tuck in a blanket around the car seat. Your little one will be safe, secure and warm.
Protect baby’s skin against winter dryness
If your baby has dry skin, use a fragrance-free moisturiser. For extra moisturization, on occasion, you may bath your baby with moisturiser in the place of bath soap.
As your baby’s immune system is still developing, it is best to avoid crowded indoor areas. Germs spread faster indoors when there are a lot of people. For your baby’s protection minimize these areas as much as possible.
Go layers rather than thick clothing
In the South African climate, it’s best to dress baby in layers instead of super thick clothing. In this way, you can adjust baby’s outfit as the temperature changes between the car, house, and outside.
Lastly, enjoy your special cuddles with your little one!