When the temperature drops, make sure to dress accordingly. That means baby, too. An infant can’t regulate their temperature as well as an adult, so parents and caregivers need to adjust baby’s clothing based on the elements.
This step-by-step guide shows you how to bundle your little one so they are always warm.
Step 1: Dress baby in layers
A good rule of thumb is to dress your baby in one more layer of clothing than you are wearing. Start with a base layer, like a onesie, then add to the baby’s outfit. If you have a coat on, your baby needs one as well.
Step 2: Cover head, hands, and feet
An infant loses most heat through their head, so make sure it’s covered. Don’t forget mittens and booties.
When indoors, take off your child’s hat and mittens, especially when it’s time for sleep. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, overheating can increase the risk of SIDS. Mittens aren’t needed during sleep either.
Step 3: Make adjustments
Babies don’t sweat until they are a few months old, so check the temperature of their skin on their neck, belly, or back throughout the day, and adjust clothing as necessary. Another good indicator: If baby is fussy, he may be too hot or cold.
Car seat cautions: Take off your child’s bulky jacket before buckling them into a car seat. Straps must be pushed down tight to protect them. If you can pinch the straps of the car seat harness, it needs to be tightened. Once fastened, you can cover them with a blanket or jacket.
Winter sun smarts: An infant’s delicate skin can burn easily, so use sun sense year-round. For babies younger than six months old, protect exposed skin using shade, not sunscreen.