Each winter, the weather channel makes that awful prediction: “This is going to be a terrible winter.” You’re scrambling to get all of your winter coats, hats and gloves down from the attic. But you remember one little thing…the tiny baby lying in the crib next to your bed.
Suddenly, all sorts of thoughts wander through your mind. How am I going to keep my baby warm? Is the house too cold for him? How am I going to know if she is hot or cold?
It’s normal to worry about your baby, especially during the winter. It’s hard to stay warm when it’s cold outside, even for us who have a little extra meat on our bones. It’s difficult for our babies to stay warm too, but that doesn’t mean you need to cover them with lots of blankets.
Follow these tips to keep your baby warm throughout the cold months:
Set the temperature in your house between 68° and 72°F.
This is the perfect balance between the chill outside and our body temperature. And yes, your baby’s body temperature is the same as yours.
Don’t “over-layer” your baby.
The rule of thumb to remember is “one more layer.” This means, if you go outside and need two layers because of the cold, your baby will need three. So, one more layer than you are wearing.
At night, make sure you dress them in light clothing. If you believe they need extra warmth, a cotton onesie or a swaddler zip-up will suffice.
Remember, there should not be any blankets in your baby’s crib. Blankets can accidentally suffocate your baby. A clean, clear crib, even during the winter, is best for your baby.
Don’t “overheat” your baby.
To tell if your baby is too hot in the middle of the night, just touch the middle of their back. It should be warm, not sweaty.
During the day, frequently check your baby’s neck, legs, torso and arms. If they develop a small rash or any red bumps, this could be a sign of overheating.
When a baby experiences their first winter, it’s more of a culture shock than a temperature shock…for the parents! There’s a time to stress when having a child, but as long as you remember these short, easy tips, keeping your baby warm shouldn’t be cause of worry.