Brrr, it is getting pretty cold outside! As the winter approaches it is time to get the nice thick blankets out of the closet and get ready to layer and wear your winter jackets.
To help your littles stay warm Disney Baby has put together some helpful tips for the colder months. We’ve experience a few winters with our babes too so check out some of our tips we added below as well.
TIP #1: Appropriate attire
While it may seem like a good idea to turn your little one into a snow-suited marshmallow, be careful not to overdo it – you don’t want baby to overheat! A good rule of thumb is to dress children less than a year old in the same number of layers you’re wearing, plus one more.
Our tip: Remember to use blankets instead of bulky snow-suits or big fluffy jackets when strapping your little one’s in their car seats. Once baby is properly strapped you can add a blanket on top for extra warmth. Wearing bulky clothing prevents you from adjusting their straps properly and ensuring your baby is safely strapped in his car seat.
Tip #2: Easy on, easy off
Opting for a cozy jumpsuit, like this fleecy Winnie the Pooh number, makes layering an easy task. Simply slip these one piece wonders over baby’s outfit as you’re leaving the house. With built-in booties and mittens, a snuggly suit will ensure your little one is ready to face even the chilliest of days.
Our tip: Always bring a change of clothes with you. If what you picked is too warm you can change baby into something more comfortable and if you picked something too light you can always use an extra hat, thicker pants, etc. So pack a few different options.
Tip #3: Collect cute caps
Heat escapes through the top of the body, so always make sure your little one’s head is covered. For warmth and style, try these adorable Princess and Pooh cap, mitt and bootie sets – they’re perfect for tiny noggins!
Our tip: Watch carefully when you get baby in and out of the stroller or the car-seat, I have seen so many babies lose a pair of mitts or booties while being transfer from the car to the stroller and viceversa. Always check they are still wearing them after the transfer!
TIP #4: Take brrr-eaks
Babies need fresh air, even in winter, and it’s perfectly fine to take your little one outside when it’s chilly. But it’s important not to keep baby out in the cold too long. Look out for fussiness or other signs of discomfort and if you see them, head inside for a cuddle!
Our tip: If you are going somewhere with the option to park underground DO IT. I don’t mind paying a fee extra dollars if I know I don’t have to walk an extra long distance in the middle of a snow storm with my baby in the stroller.
TIP #5: Create a cozy crib
Your baby can get chilly, even inside, and many moms worry about keeping little ones warm while they’re asleep. Step one is to create a snug environment. Try using a flannel fitted sheet in your crib and a cozy footed sleeper to keep your little one toasty from tip to toe. For really tiny tots, swaddling is a great option – just make sure you don’t use too many layers!
Our tip: Try using a sleep sack as well. We have been using one since our second son was about 3 months old and he loves it. Keeps him warm and cozy all night long!
What’s your favourite way to keep your little one comfy in the cold?
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