Cold weather has started to hit, and you’re probably layering up in cozy socks, sweaters and jackets. But what about your little one? If you're living with a newborn you may be wondering about keeping her warm. How many blankets are too many? Does she need mittens? And what about safety in the car seat? Or sleeping? Having a newborn is difficult enough—the whole concept of dressing baby for the elements can make it even more overwhelming! The good new is, it doesn't have to be—we've done the research for you! From blankets to sleepers to creative ways to use your Covered Goods® nursing cover up, we’ve put together some of our best tips for dressing baby in winter.
You know all those onesies you got at your baby shower? Now’s the perfect time to make use of them! If you’re headed out in the stroller, start your baby off with a onesie, cover her with a fleece sleeper, and—depending on how chilly it is—a bunting or heavy blanket. If her sleeper doesn’t have a hood, make sure she’s wearing a hat. Babywearing is also a great way to transport your peanut in winter—especially if it’s snowy (when stroller travel can be tough). But make sure baby’s face is not covered and she can breathe properly. Ideally, you should dress her in a sleeper and strap her directly to your body, with a jacket covering you both. If the money’s in your budget, a babywearing coat—or coat extender—works amazingly well. But a large jacket—borrowed from your husband or partner—can also do the trick! Some of our mamas even throw their Covered Goods® multi-use nursing cover over the top as an added layer. If you're traveling with baby in the car seat, you can also use your Covered Goods® as a stretchy car seat cover—an extra barrier between baby and the elements.
The key to dressing baby for winter is making sure her temperature is regulated—as best as you can. We know, we know—it’s not an exact science, but as a parent you’ll need to use your judgment. Check her fingers (and toes, if they’re not covered!) frequently. If she feels cold, that probably means she needs an extra layer. Too warm? Take one away. The general rule for babies 6 months of age and older is they need one more layer than you do—so keep that in mind once you’re out of the newborn phase. And, of course, always use common sense. If it’s extremely frigid and cold, or very windy, you should be limiting baby’s time outdoors.
Did you know that jackets or anything lining the car seat are not safe for baby, because they prevent you from tightening the harness sufficiently? Instead, dress your baby in a sleeper and hat, and cover her with a cozy blanket once you’ve strapped her in. In fact, a soft blanket will be one of the best baby products you invest in this winter. If you’re in a pinch, don’t forget that many of our mamas use their Covered Goods® nursing cover as an extra blanket! Our product is so much more than just a breastfeeding cover—because our covers are so lightweight, they’re perfect as an added layer under something thicker. And if your climate is more moderate, it may be just the right amount of coverage for baby!
Until babies are 12 months of age, pillows and cover should not be used in the crib—they’re a suffocation risk. When your baby is little—up until three or four months, you’ll probably want to swaddle her. As she gets older, it’s time to start skipping the receiving blanket. Instead, dress her in a footed sleeper, or invest in a sleep sack (a wearable blanket with holes for her arms). Keriann MacElroy, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and owner of Dream Factory Sleep Solutions told us that ideal sleeping temperature for baby is somewhere between 68 and 72 degrees. “To keep baby from getting too hot OR too cold during sleep, a good rule of thumb is to use 2 layers,” she says. Footie pajamas and a swaddle or wearable blanket should be sufficient. For colder weather, one of those layers can be fleece for extra warmth. If you have 2 layers and are worried your little one is getting cold at night, put socks on under the footie PJ's.”
Life with a newborn doesn't need to be so complicated! With a little bit of preparation, you and baby will be navigating this winter in the warmest way possible. And don’t forget to always pack your Covered Goods®! Each Covered Goods® nursing cover is four products in one—it's a baby essential you will use over and over again, regardless of whether you're nursing or not! Our covers are the perfect breastfeeding cover up in any weather, plus they double as a cozy infinity scarf and blanket in a pinch.
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