Is it your baby’s first winter?
Wondering if you should be cooped up inside to protect your little one from the chilly elements of the winter season?
Add to these confusions, winter is also the season for diseases and flu.
If you are a new mother, we understand your apprehensions and are writing this article to guide you to ensure your baby is safe and healthy this winter season.
1. Dress your baby in layers
It goes without saying that you need to dress your baby in warm clothes from head to toe.
However, make sure you are not overdoing it by suffocating your baby with a heavy jacket or sweater. Instead, dress your baby in layers of breathable material clothing.
This will allow you to easily remove and add layers according to your baby’s needs.
2. Ensure optimal room temperature
If the outside temperature is too chilly, stay indoors and make sure you close all the doors and windows to prevent the freezing air inside.
However, ensure there is proper ventilation and the room temperature is comfortable for the baby.
3. Use a humidifier
More often than not, the winter season makes the air pretty dry. This eventually dries up your baby’s skin as well. The dry air may also pose a problem for your baby to breathe properly.
To ensure the air inside the room has enough moisture, you may use a humidifier.
4. Cover head and feet
No matter how many layers you use to cover your baby, always make sure that you are covering your baby’s head and feet properly.
If left uncovered, the baby’s body heat will be easily left out through their head or feet.
5. Use your body heat
Wearing your baby is one of the most effective and loving ways to keep your baby warm and cozy.
However, make sure that you are not pressing your baby’s face to your body or clothing to ensure free airflow.
6. Be wary of dry skin
A baby’s skin is one of the most sensitive things, so make sure you keep an eye for dry skin because it causes itching and scaling.
Bathe your baby in warm and not hot water. And make sure you do not sit your baby in the water for long. As a matter of fact, you do not have to bathe your baby every day and can limit the bathe duration to a maximum of 10 minutes.
After drying the baby, apply a chemical-free moisturizer or lotion to lock the moisture in the baby’s skin. You may apply the moisturizer as many times as required in a day.
7. Follow good hygiene
Pandemic or not, it is always important that you follow good hygiene to ensure your baby is healthy and protected from viruses and bacteria.
Follow good hygiene by washing your hands frequently or before you tend to your baby, and wash the baby’s clothing, sheets, blankets, and toys frequently.
Also, make sure everyone including your family members or guests wash their hands properly with soap before getting closer or touching the baby.
As for sick people and large crowds, it goes without saying that you need to keep your baby away from them.
8. Massage for immunity
Massaging your baby is a good practice as doing so will ensure the blood flows properly throughout your baby’s body and in turn boosting the overall immunity.
Use a good natural oil to massage your baby. Do remember to maintaining an optimal room temperature while massaging your baby.
9. Do not use heavy blankets
Make sure that you do not use heavy blankets on your baby, especially when you put him/her to sleep in a stroller or crib.
Using a heavy blanket will prevent your baby’s free movement. Your baby might try hard to push the blanket and pull it over his/her head. This can put your baby at risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). While not much is known about it, it is believed that breathing issues cause it. Babies below 1 year are more prone to it.
So, make sure you use a light blanket, ensure optimal room temperature, and always have an eye on your little one.
10. Check with a doctor
In spite of following the above tips, as a new parent, you might still be apprehensive about your newborn baby’s comfort, health, and safety. So, it is always wise to check with an expert, which will also act as a regular check-up, which is important.
Don’t worry, no one is going to judge, and as a matter of fact, it is always better to be safe than sorry.