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3 Fool-Proof Tips to Keep Your Little Ones Warm

Winter can be tough! The cold mornings (and even colder nights), icy conditions, and wintry mixes that never fail to ruin our plans. Keeping your baby bundled this season is vital- especially because babies and infants don’t have the ability to heat their bodies the way adults can, and surrender the majority of their body heat to the cold as a result.

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HATS, HATS, HATS!

Most of your body heat escapes through your hands, feet, and head. Be sure your youngster has on a hat or at the very least a hood (without drawstrings, which are a strangulation hazard).  Hats are not very effective unless they cover your child’s ears entirely. Hats that clip or buckle below the chin are great because your son/daughter can run and play without losing the hat and becoming cold.

Bed Time

Studies suggest removing blankets, pillows, and sheets from your baby’s crib to reduce the likelihood of Sudden Infant Death (SIDS). To ensure they’re warm and comfortable use a fitted flannel sheet to line their bed and dress them in a layer or two.

Quick Check

There is such a thing as overheating, and as a result, you don’t want to put your child in a snowsuit and sleeping bag at the first sight of a few flurries. Dressing your little one in one more layer than you yourself are in, is a pretty good rule of thumb.  As a quick check, feel your baby’s belly when you come in from being outside. If their belly’s cold, then their body was unable to sustain its temperature, and they’ll need more layers next time you venture out of the house.

It’s important to keep in mind that newborns shouldn’t be taken outside of the home in extremely cold conditions, unless you’re transporting them to and from the car. Your child’s ability to regulate his/her body temperature will improve as they grow older. In the meantime, apply the simple tips above to your outfit-routine!

 

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