October 22, 2023

How to Prepare your Baby for Winter

Written by Dr. Sandy Portko, Early Childhood Expertise

Family Futures Staff
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Winter can be a magical time of year, but it can also be challenging for parents, especially those with young babies. The cold weather, dry air, and shorter days can all make it difficult to keep your little one comfortable and healthy.

Here are a few tips on how to prepare for your newborn’s first winter:

Stock up on winter gear.

Before your baby arrives, be sure to stock up on winter gear, such as a hat, mittens, booties, snowsuit, and bunting bag. You may also want to get a car seat cover and a stroller blanket.

Dress your baby in layers.

This is the best way to keep your baby warm and comfortable, both indoors and outdoors. Start with a base layer of soft, breathable fabric, such as cotton or bamboo. Then, add additional layers of clothing as needed, depending on the temperature.

Use a humidifier.

The dry air in winter can irritate your baby’s skin and airways. Using a humidifier can help to add moisture to the air and make your baby more comfortable.

Watch for signs of illness.

Babies are more susceptible to illness during the winter months. Be sure to watch for signs of illness, such as fever, cough, and runny nose. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your doctor.

Here are some additional tips for keeping your newborn safe and warm in the winter:

  • Use a car seat cover. A car seat cover can help to keep your baby warm in the car.
  • Bundle up your baby before going outside. Be sure to put a hat, mittens, and booties on your baby. You may also want to put them in a snowsuit or bunting bag.
  • Take breaks when going for walks. If you’re going for a walk with your baby, be sure to take breaks to warm up. You can go into a store or coffee shop, or simply turn around and walk back home.
  • Be aware of the signs of hypothermia. Signs of hypothermia in babies include shivering, pale skin, and lethargy. If you notice any of these signs, contact your doctor immediately
  • Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends setting the thermostat to between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Keep your baby’s room humidified. This will help to prevent dry skin and airways.
  • Get your baby vaccinated against the flu. The flu can be a serious illness, especially for young babies.
  • Avoid taking your baby to crowded places. This can help to reduce their risk of getting sick.

With a little planning, you can help to ensure that your newborn has a safe and healthy first winter.

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