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Keeping Your Baby Warm

Keeping Your Baby Warm

It can be difficult to know when your baby is warm enough. She can't tell you when she needs an extra blanket, or when a hat is making her feel too hot. You must know the guidelines for keeping your baby warm, and rely on her body language to let you know how she is feeling.

Newborn babies love to be bundled. It gives them a feeling of security and warmth, and you should know how to properly wrap your infant. Most hospitals will show you how to bundle your baby before you take her home. Don't wrap the baby too tightly; she should be able to move her arms and legs. Once your baby gets bigger and begins moving around more, she won't like to be bundled.

A good rule of thumb is to dress your baby similarly to your own clothing. Since infants need additional warmth, add a blanket or another layer to her clothes. If you are wearing an extra sweater in winter, then your baby will need one too, plus an extra baby blanket or undershirt to keep warm. If the weather is hot, and you're wearing shorts and a t-shirt, don't bundle your baby up in a flannel blanket or sleeper. Dress her in cool clothes with a long-sleeved shirt or light sweater for extra body heat.

Adults don't often notice a ceiling fan or open window, but a baby does. Avoid drafts in your baby's room, and don't leave your baby in a room with a fan or air conditioner for a long period of time. What feels cool and breezy to you may feel downright chilly to your baby.

Many parents layer their baby's clothing, which makes it simple to remove a sweater if their infant becomes too warm. Always keep extra clothing in the diaper bag for when you're away from home in case you need to add another layer. One of the major ways that babies lose heat is through the head. Don't take your baby outside with wet hair, and cover her head with a hat when going out if it's cool outside.

You should always check your surroundings to see if your baby needs added clothing or footwear. In colder weather, babies should have booties or slippers over socks to keep their toes warm. If you're traveling in the car in the summer, shield your baby from the hot sun with a blanket or window shade. For walks in cold or wet weather, cover the stroller with a blanket to keep wind and rain away.

Although it's important to keep your baby warm, you must make sure that she's not overheating. Overheating will not only make your baby uncomfortable, it is potentially dangerous. It can increase the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), so don't overload her crib with heavy blankets, or put a hat on your baby in her crib.


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