Having a winter baby means lots of snuggling up on the couch under a cozy blanket, enjoying the magic of the holidays and creating traditions with your new family. Bringing your baby home during the most wonderful time of the year sure is special, however it does pose just a few extra difficulties given the nature of winter weather. This especially rings true if you live in a region that experiences harsh winters! We have compiled a few tips and tricks to ease the tricky parts of having a winter baby while fully enjoying all this season has to offer.
First things first, enjoy this special time of year with your new, little bundle! Getting to experience a baby's very first holiday season is such a special time, so be sure to soak up the fact that you have a new family member to share the magic with. While new babies are still too young to truly experience the sentiment of the holiday season, there are some simple ways to make this first winter a memorable one! Photo ops are a must to document this milestone. Wrap the baby up in a festive swaddle and lay them on a blanket or near your very favorite decorations at home to snap a few keepsake photos. You could also bundle the baby up and head outdoors for a quick peek and capture of the very first snowfall! Having these photos to look back on for years to come will be a beautiful reminder of this special season.
Speaking of heading outdoors, a little fresh air is important for babies and for new parents! While the chill can be less than ideal for a stroll, there are still ways to enjoy the cooler weather with the right preparation. As long as temperatures are not dipping dangerously low, it is completely ok to head out even if it is just for a bit! Plan to dress the baby in one extra layer than you would typically be comfortable in. For example, dress your baby in a footed sleeper, a snowsuit and then wrap them up in a blanket. You can even add in a little hat and baby mittens for an extra layer of protection from the cold. Pay attention to your baby’s cues. As long as they seem comfortable and their skin is not overly exposed to the elements, enjoy soaking up some fresh air when you can! It may even help encourage your baby to recognize day from night while the fresh air can encourage healthy sleep come bedtime!
For traveling and running errands, it is wise to keep a few essentials on hand in your car in case you break down with your little one in tow. Keeping extra items such as baby mittens, socks, a hat and warm blankets are essential for keeping tiny bodies warm if needed. Be sure that your baby never actually wears their coat in their car seat however, especially if it is a puffy one, as it can pose a hazard in case of an accident because the extra material interferes with the way the car seat straps fit against your baby’s body. The best thing to do is place your baby into their seat in a footed outfit and then place a blanket over the top of their body once they are safely buckled in. Always plan to heat up your car before loading up in the extreme cold and then monitor your baby’s body temperature while driving to be sure they don’t overheat once in the warmth. This can be done by simply feeling their skin to be sure they are comfortable to the touch.
While back at home, there are some simple ways to ensure the winter air doesn’t leave your baby feeling uncomfortable indoors. Investing in a humidifier for your baby’s room is a great way to ensure the air in their sleeping environment retains enough moisture. Winter air can be very dry and breathing that in can leave little noses stuffy, throats dry and skin cracked! Be sure to stand near windows to feel for any drafts sneaking in and consider sealing off any windows that may be allowing extra cold air in. Also, using a moisturizing lotion on your baby can help prevent rough winter skin.
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Happy Winter, Friends!
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