One challenge every mom faces is to keep their little ones cozy and warm in the cold winter days. In the winter season, especially when it’s freezing outside, it becomes really difficult for babies to regulate their body temperature, which makes them more vulnerable to the cough, cold and flu.
Thus, it’s very important for you to know how you can help your baby maintain a consistent body temperature through the night, during the winter. So read on to know what you can do to keep your little ones warm and comfy on cold nights.
– Too many layers can hamper your baby’s ability to regulate his/her temperature and can play havoc with their natural breathing pattern. Keep the clothing layers to a minimum. While it’s true that your baby might need perhaps one more layer than usual if it is really cold, but if your room temperature is stable, then you really shouldn’t need to bundle at all.
– Keep your baby’s head and hands covered with a soft baby cap and lightweight mittens to provide your little one an extra layer of warmth.– Make sure your baby’s room temperature is always consistently between 21 to 24 degrees Celsius.
– Use a sleeping sack or swaddle rather than thick blankets to keep your baby warm while they sleep so as to avoid loose or soft items in their crib.
– Always place baby to sleep on their back and with their feet to the foot of the crib/baby bed.
– Bed sharing with babies is never advisable- more so in the winter season. Your heavy duvet’s/ blankets are potential hazards to the baby’s health and may cause suffocation.
– Check and ensure your baby is not too warm by feeling the back of their neck or tummy. If it feels warm, then remove a layer.
-Use a firm mattress, like the Betty Nest or Beddy Blossom which is covered with a well-fitting waterproof mattress protector sheet like the Beddy Shield, to keep your baby’s crib warm from the underside. Mattresses made of very soft material not only put your little one at the risk of a smothering hazard, but they also increase the baby’s chances of getting sick due to the cold air that can enter the mattress.