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Dressing up your baby for the first Winter

Dressing up your baby for the first Winter

If you are a first-time parent, it must be confusing and overwhelming to know how to dress your baby for his or her first winter. Different geographical locations demand different types of baby winter clothes to keep warm. There are so many types of clothing out there, that it can be a confounding time, especially if your baby is experiencing the cold climate for the first time.

The type of clothing also depends on the age of your baby. For small infants aged 0 – 3 months, there is a different protocol to follow as compared to infants and toddlers who are more active, having achieved their growth milestones.

Preparation, preparation, and preparation are all that are required to dress your baby appropriately to the weather!!

How do we know what to do?

When taking out the newest member of your family in extreme temperature, it can be a bit confusing at first. One simple rule of the thumb – If you are feeling warm, your baby is feeling warm and if you are feeling cold, the same would be with your little one.

Whether the temperature is extremely cold or extremely warm, it's all about layers of clothing that you can add or remove as needed. Here is a mini-guide on how to be prepared for winter specifically? What are the right baby winter clothes for you to invest in?

How to dress a newborn for winter?

Layering

The best way to dress your baby is using layers of clothes. These layers trap heat between them. Thin cotton clothes work best, for example, add a sleeveless leg suit with a t-shirt, footed pants.

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Covering Up

Make sure your baby is adequately covered up with hats, mitts, booties – of course, all this depends on the geographical location you are in. The colder the weather, make sure your baby has flannel jackets, sweaters, etc. to be worn above the inner cotton layer of clothes. This way, the warmth is trapped adequately, keeping your little one warm, but not itchy to the wool. Make sure that your baby is completely covered from head-to-toe.
For the tropical winter faced in India, you would probably just need layers of clothing rather than typical woolen baby winter clothes.

Use blankets

If you are taking your baby out for a drive or visiting family or out in a stroller, please ensure to use blankets or warm layettes to keep the baby warm.
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The swaddle blankets or wraparounds can be useful in cooler tropical temperatures.

Be cautious of overheating

As a first-time parent, dressing up your baby for winter, there are high possibilities that you might go overboard and make it too warm for your baby. Too much warmth could make it very uncomfortable for your baby. Remember your baby’s skin is sensitive and delicate. One rule of thumb to follow when warm clothes are required is to ask yourself if you are feeling warm or cold, the safest bet is your baby is feeling the same too. So if it tends to get a bit cooler, just add another layer of clothes to the baby or a light flannel jacket instead of going overboard. Watch out for any signs of discomfort.

Maintain cool room temperature

Keeping a steady temperature of about 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit (20-22 C) throughout the day can ensure your baby is comfortable, especially during nap times. If it is too cold, it could cause health issues to your little one. One way to check if your baby is comfortable is to check the baby’s neck to see if it is dry. A little dampness is fine, but too much of it means it could get uncomfortable for the baby very soon.

Avoid blankets during nap time

Best to skip blankets during a baby’s nap time and instead opt for baby winter clothes like the footed pants with t-shirts or grow-footed rompers.

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According to research, blankets have been found to be one of the most common reasons for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in babies across the globe. So, if the baby is sleeping unattended in the crib, it is best to avoid blankets.

One sign of excessive coldness is lethargy in babies. You will be able to note this if your baby has regulated nap times and feed times. So, any disruption in the schedule is a sign of caution. Be alert to your baby’s needs!!

Conclusion

Babies are precious, adorable, and very helpless. It is our duty as a parent to ensure their safety and wellbeing. Buying appropriate baby winter clothes and taking precautions to keep your child warm and comfortable is of utmost importance.

For more details on 100% organic cotton clothes, which works as ideal baby’s first winter clothes, swaddles, and other attires mentioned in this blog visit Nature’s Cuddle.

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