9 Ways to winterproof your baby

If you have a gorgeous new baby due this winter, we’ve put together some top tips for making sure you’re prepared – including essential advice for keeping your bub warm, cosy, healthy and happy!

1. It’s all about layers 
If there’s one rule for winter dressing, it’s this: Layers! You’ll need 6-8 vests and 6-8 long sleeved onesies, plus separates such as pants and cardigans. A warm outer layer (like a fleecy footed coverall or jacket) is great to pop over the top when you are outdoors. Hats, socks and booties are also essential, and remember to check your baby’s body temperature. If they’re sweaty or red-faced you might need to strip off a layer and let them cool off a bit. To tell if your baby is dressed warmly enough, feel her toes and belly as soon as you come indoors. The toes should feel slightly cool, though not chilly, and the belly warm. If the stomach is also cool, the baby is struggling to warm herself. If the belly and the toes are equally warm, she could be overdressed.
2. Don’t forget to breathe 
Choose natural, breathable fabrics, such as cotton and flannel, to help regulate your baby’s body temperature.
3. Plan ahead 
On average, babies can double their birth weight by 4-6 months, so make sure you have some larger sized baby clothing on hand to accommodate those early growth spurts. They may look like teeny tiny cherubs at first, but within weeks they are changing before your very eyes! Buying separates (like bodysuits paired with leggings) can help you stretch clothing further as your baby grows longer.
4. Make bedtime cosy 
Indoors, the more comfortably babies are dressed for bed, the better they sleep. Take the guesswork out of bedtime with a room thermometer for the nursery, which will help you make choices on how to dress your baby for for a comfortable night’s sleep. For comforable sleep, use sleeping bags instead of blankets. If you swaddle your baby, use a lightweight cloth.
5. Winterproof your pram 
Getting out and about with your bub in the fresh air is essential for you and your baby (especially for a good dose of Vitamin D). Invest in a rain cover and footmuff or snuggly liner for your pram, plus a soft pram blanket, so that you can get some exercise without changeable weather keeping you stuck indoors.
6. Keep the sniffles away 
Unfortunately, winter babies can be vulnerable to the coughs and colds that circulate this time of year. Stock your toiletry kit with hand sanitiser and wash hands regularly to keep germs away. Have a good quality baby moisturiser and nappy barrier cream on hand to keep skin healthy in the dry winter air. Keeping your baby's fingernails trimmed is also a good idea, as scratching already irritated skin can lead to secondary infections. You might also want to try a humidifier.
7. Snuggle up 
Babies love close contact, and a baby carrier is a great way to keep bub snuggly, warm and close to your body. Look for a style that’s convertible from newborn to toddler for maximum longevity.
8. Bathtime bliss 
Keep bathtime fun and safe by using a bath thermometer to check temperature, and have some large hooded towels on hand so you can dry baby quickly and keep their head warm as soon as they’re out of the water.
9. Don’t forget about you 
You might face some wardrobe challenges while breastfeeding in cooler weather. Invest in some layered nursing tops with easy-access panels so you’re not exposing too much skin to the elements when feeding. You deserve to be comfy and warm, too!

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