Just as it's important that your baby doesn't overheat in the summer, certain provisions should be made once the temperature drops to ensure they're kept warm and comfortable. Whilst it's important to wrap them up warm and cosy, it's also possible for them to become too hot, so layering is key as you can add and take away items as you go inside to out and vice versa.
We spoke to our resident GP @themedicmummy, Tara to share her top five tips on how to keep baby safe and warm in winter.
"Winter is coming and you may be wondering how you will keep baby warm and comfortable when you are out and about and during those cold frosty nights. Here are a few tips to keep baby safe this winter."
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1. Room Temperature
Use a room thermometer - this can help check that baby’s room is a safe and comfortable environment, a temperature between 16-20⁰C is ideal with light bedding or a well fitted sleeping bag (Lullaby Trust UK)
For more information on ensuring a safe room temperature, follow the advice of the Lullaby Trust, UK HERE
2. Choose the right bedding
You can use a baby sleeping bag or cellular blanket to keep baby warm at night. If you are using a sleeping bag, make sure it fits well and check the manufacturer’s recommendation on the tog thickness. If you are using a blanket it should be securely tucked in at the bottom of the cot under baby’s arms and no higher than the shoulders so it cannot slip over their head.
You should keep baby’s sleeping space clear and avoid the use of duvets, pillows and quilts; this is associated with an increase risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This is because there is risk of baby overheating or the bedding obstructing baby’s breathing.
3. Dress baby in layers
It’s important to make sure your baby is warm when you are out and about whilst also ensuring they don’t overheat. Dressing your baby in layers can help ensure they are warm but also allows you to adapt for any change of environment. A waterproof snowsuit will keep baby warm and dry if you are spending longer periods outdoors. The full length zippers make it practical and easy to remove. Baby’s can lose a lot of heat from their heads so it’s important they wear a hat when outdoors and don’t forget their gloves and socks too!
The NHS advises to remove hats and extra clothing as soon as you are indoors or in a warm car, bus or train, even if it means waking up your baby, this is to avoid the risk of overheating.
4. Know how to check their temperature
A good way to check your baby's temperature is by touching their tummy, back or neck. If it feels cool then you can add another layer. If your baby feels hot or sweaty it may be a good idea to remove some clothing or bedding if it's at night. The hands and feet are usually cooler than the rest of the body, so do not use this as a guide.
5. Remove outerwear in the car
To make sure your baby doesn’t get too hot it’s a good idea to remove any outdoor coats and hats when you get into the car. Jackets which are too thick can also prevent the car seat straps fitting well. You can lay a blanket over them after they are safely strapped in but check regularly to make sure they are not overheating.
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