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First of all, Congratulations you are having a January or winter baby. If this is your first baby or the first baby you have had in the cold weather you might be wondering what baby clothes to dress baby in, you want your baby comfortable but you also want your baby safe too.
Keeping your baby warm is very important in the winter months but they can very easily get too warm if you have the heating on and through body heat which can be dangerous so it is important to dress your baby in layers so that you can remove layers as the temperature changes.
Today we cover how to dress your baby for cold weather and cold temperatures:
First of all, it is very important to remember that babies should not be wearing coats in their car seat, this is a hazard. Please click here for more information.
Day time wear for January winter babies
It is important that your baby wears a hat during those chilly January days so that they do not lose too much body heat! Baby hats are great for protecting your baby’s head and ears from those cold winter days.
According to safe sleep guidelines, your baby should, however, not wear a hat to bed as it creates a greater risk of SIDS in your baby. Dressing your baby in a hat during bedtime can cause your baby to overheat (as babies cool down by releasing heat from their heads and faces), and it poses a choking or suffocation hazard to your baby.
You should protect your baby’s hands from the cold by dressing them in tiny mittens. Baby mittens are a must have for newborns for the colder months- and in general- as they will stop your little one from scratching themself with their sharp nails.
Coats are especially important for keeping your baby warm. The extra layer from the coat protects your baby from extreme temperatures and helps your baby to retain their body temperature whilst out in the cold.
Pants are a must-have for your baby when it is cold outside! After all, who wants to leave their house without pants on when its freezing outside? It is a good idea to put your baby’s pants on on-top of your baby’s vest to keep them extra snug.
Baby vests are a brilliant underlayer for your baby in Winter. You can add pants, a top and a coat ontop of a vest, or even just a long-sleeve onesie and extra-thick blanket.
Long sleeve onesie
Long sleeve onesies provide a comfortable, warm layer for your baby. With a long-sleeve onesie and extra blanket or two, your baby is bound to stay warm in the cold weather. Long sleeve onesies are a great option for your baby to sleep in all night long during winter.
Blankets are especially good at keeping your baby warm and cozy. It is important that you don’t provide your baby with too many layers, however, as it can cause your baby to become too hot. You should make sure any blankets are firmly tucked in to your baby’s cot below your baby’s arms, as loose bedding poses a suffocation risk.
Sleeping bag/sleep sack
A Baby sleeping bag- or wearable blanket- is a great- and safer- alternative to a blanket. Because baby sleeping bags attach to your baby, it means your baby is unable to kick it off- reducing the risk of SIDs. Since the sleeping bag essentially swaddles your baby’s legs, it also means that your baby’s legs won’t get trapped in the cot bars. Sleeping bags also recreate the feeling of the womb. Some sleeping bags have a multi-tog function, meaning you can attach/de-attach layers to make it suitable for different temperatures.
Thicks socks are an essential to keep your baby’s little tootsies warm!
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