Baby, it's cold outside! Winter can be a challenging time of year for the most seasoned cold climate dwellers, but it's particularly trying when you've got a little one at home to protect and keep warm. If you've got little ones under the age of 12 months, it doesn't mean you need to hibernate all winter long. You can--and should--venture outside as long as you take some necessary measures to ensure your baby is warm, but not overheated. Here, some top tips on how to keep baby healthy during the winter time.
Heading Out in the Cold With Baby
Except for cases of extreme weather, such as a blizzard or ice storm or below freezing temperatures, it's typically just fine to take your baby outside in the winter. In fact, it's more than ok to have a little fun with your little one in tow, just like dock mom @brittanymarshall2015 did when she took her brood out for a little ride. She bundled up the baby and even kept him nice and snuggly in his Deluxe DockATot®! Use your mommy instincts to decide whether it's too cold to venture outside and take measures to properly layer your kids. Hats and gloves are absolute musts! The general rule is that babies under 12 months need one extra layer than you have on. Don't stay outside for more than a couple of hours at a time and if you notice their lips turning blue or if they're shivering, it's time to head inside.
Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold
Just as keeping baby warm is essential in the winter season, making sure they're not overheated is equally as important. We know it's tempting to dress your little one in as many layers as possible even when you're inside, but unless your heat's not working, it's not necessary to bundle baby up inside a warm house. Don't overdress your baby, typically one extra thin layer more than you have on is fine for newborns through 12 months of age. Check to see if your baby is flushed or if their head and neck area are damp, which is a sign of overheating. As always, discuss with your pediatrician and find out the proper way to dress your little one to avoid the possibility of overheating.
DockATot® for Built In Heat Control
One way to ensure your little one is not getting overheated is by using the DockATot®, which is proven to not harbor heat. A very strong feature which we have seen in our testing both independent and in-house is that an infant does not develop excessive perspiration from body heat with the DockATot®. The materials used in the both the Grand and Deluxe designs allow for air to pass through effectively and keep baby cool and relaxed when sleeping. We call this a perfect "micro-climate" and you'll only find it in a DockATot®.
Co-Sleeping for Warmth
Another way to ensure your little one is warm enough at night is to co-sleep. Body heat from you will help keep your baby warm. DockATot® mom Erin P. says: "Our son was premature, and couldn't regulate his temperature well, he was always cold in his bassinet despite many layers and a very warm house. We bought the DockATot® and co-sleep with him and it's helped immensely as our close proximity keeps him warmer."
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