One of the most common issues that all mothers encounter is keeping their babies warm and cozy throughout the chilly winter months. When it's freezing outside during winter, it's tough for babies to maintain their body temperature, making them more susceptible to cough, cold, and flu among other illnesses.
As a result, you must understand how to help your infant maintain a constant body temperature during the winter, particularly at night. Here are tips you can learn to keep your baby safe and warm during cold winter nights.
Cover Your Baby's Head and Hands with a Blanket
Because babies lose a lot of heat through their heads and hands, it's crucial to get a soft baby cap and some lightweight mittens to keep your little one warm. You should have an extra pair of mittens on hand if your baby is a natural thumb sucker. You can also use a pair of socks to keep the feet warm. (1)
Dress Your Child Properly
The easiest way to keep your baby warm while sleeping is to dress them in superficial layers that are easy to put on and remove. Instead of overburdening your child with bulky or woolen clothing, dress him in a few layers of warm clothing that you can easily remove when changing their clothes. It's a good rule of thumb to dress your child in one layer more than you do(2, 3, 4).
Before Putting Your Baby Down, Preheat the Crib
If the house is too cold, consider preheating the crib to provide your child with a warm and comfortable sleeping environment. To accomplish this, place a hot water bottle or heating pad on top of the crib sheet at least 30 minutes before putting your child to sleep in the crib. Above all, take it off before setting your baby down to avoid overheating or burns (5).
Set the Right Room Temperature
Make sure your infant feels neither too hot nor too cold. Try keeping their room at a comfortable temperature of between18 to 20 degrees Celsius. Check with a room thermometer to see if your baby's room is safe and the temperature comfortable. To a lightly clad adult, the room temperature should seem cozy (6).
Use a Swaddle or a Sleeping Bag
When the weather is freezing, putting your baby in one-piece suits isn't always enough to keep them warm. It would help if you wrapped your kid in a thick swaddling blanket to offer them a comfortable, undisturbed slumber on those cold evenings. If your child frequently kicks the blankets off, you can put on a sleeping bag.(7, 8).
Keep the Wind from Blowing on Baby's Face
The location of your baby's crib in the room impacts how comfortable they are when sleeping. Keep the cot or cradle away from air vents, drafty windows, fans, and exterior walls. Close all windows and doors to keep the room from getting too cold (9).
- Ensure the kid is dry from the inside because even slight moisture from damp clothing can induce hypothermia. A car seat is a big worry for keeping your baby warm throughout the winter since bulky clothing like coats makes it challenging to provide a snug fit on the straps (10, 11).
While keeping a newborn warm in the cold winter months is one of the most challenging duties, a little knowledge can assist you and your baby to stay warm and safe throughout the winter, particularly at night. Don't be concerned about the cold. Instead, ensure you have adequately dressed the infant and that they are not exposed to the cold for more than half a minute at a time. However, trust your instincts and use the suggestions mentioned above to get through the icy winters and keep your ones warm.