Winter Tips for Newborns
Most pediatricians recommend limiting the amount of exposure to cold weather for newborns since baby skin is 30% thinner. In addition, infants aren’t able to regulate their body temperatures as well as older children or adults. If temperatures are below freezing, keep baby indoors except for quick trips.
Taking Baby Outdoors
When you do venture out, keep these strategies in mind:
- Dress your baby in layers and remember that most heat is lost through the head and feet.
- Use a baby carrier to keep your child close to you for warmth.
- In a stroller, add a blanket to baby’s lower body only, allowing for some air flow.
- Protect your infant’s lips and cheeks with a moisturizing ointment or cream.
Indoor Temperature and Humidity
Be careful not to overheat your home for a newborn. Babies like a comfortable range between 68 and 72 degrees – just like most adults!
While sleeping, the best range is 65-68 degrees, especially if you are using a sleep sack in addition to a sleeper. A colder nigh time temperature is also recommended for reducing the incidence of SIDS.
Indoor heat, cold temperatures, and low humidity may increase the chances of dry skin. Be sure to keep bath times short and to reapply moisturizer regularly. If your baby develops cradle crap, a gentle brush like the one from Bean-b-Clean, can help remove dry patches.
Watch for Warning Signs
If your baby seems fussy, red-faced or uncomfortable, it may be time to remove a layer. If you come indoors and your infant seems too warm, taking their hat off helps them cool off.
On the other hand, an infant with pale skin and slowed breathing who feels cool to the touch probably needs another layer.