During the winter months, cold threatens to bring on illness or can even cause more serious conditions, such as hypothermia. Keeping your baby bundled up can protect him and make him more comfortable during those frigid months. Keeping your 10-month-old warm during the winter requires a little more planning than purchasing a heavy coat, since babies have special needs when they are outside, riding in the car or sleeping in their cribs at night.
Layering is the best way to keep your baby warm when you leave the house. A good rule of thumb is that your baby should wear one more layer than you. If you are wearing a sweater and a jacket, your baby should wear a sweater, a jacket and a light undershirt. Long-sleeve onesies make excellent under layers. A snowsuit may be necessary if you live in a colder climate. Don't forget a hat, mittens and warm footwear, such as socks and boots. If you need more layers, wrap your baby in a thin receiving blanket or a thick fleece blanket. The key is to have multiple layers to add or remove to adjust your baby's temperature.
In the Car Seat
Keeping your baby warm in the car seat presents special challenges. The Car Seat Lady, Debbi Baer, registered nurse and lobbyist for safe car seat laws, says you should never buckle your baby in the car seat in a heavy jacket because the jacket could interfere with the protection of the seat. Instead, you should warm the car up with the heater before getting in, and then take your baby's jacket off and put him in the seat. Cover your baby with a blanket once he is buckled in, but don't tuck the blanket under the straps. You should be able to keep the temperature in the car warm with the heater.
The cold weather doesn't have to keep you inside all day. You can enjoy short walks with your baby in the stroller. Dress your baby the same way you would for any other outing during the winter, but lay a fleece lining or blanket in the stroller seat before strapping her in the seat. Buckle your baby in, then add a warm blanket over her. You can also buy a protective weather shield to wrap around your stroller. The clear, plastic shield will keep out the winter wind and provide some insulation against the cold.
At night, you may keep yourself warm by snuggling up with a thick blanket. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should never put loose blankets or other bedding in the crib with an infant younger than 1 year old, as it can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. To keep your baby warm, you can use flannel sheets in the crib, dress your baby in long pajamas, or swaddle him. However, the AAP warns that you should not let your baby get too hot, since this can also increase the risk of SIDS. Your baby may be too hot if his chest feels hot or if he is sweating.
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