With the arrival of winter comes strong winds and cold temperatures which will require extra protection for your infant to keep them safe. Unlike adults, babies and infants are unable to regulate their body temperature and must be covered at all times with baby snowsuits or risk hypothermia or frostbite while outdoors. But with arms and legs flailing in all different directions, dressing an infant takes a coordinated effort and a lot of patience. Follow these 4 winter weather dress tips and feel secure knowing they will be warm and comfortable outdoors:
1. Before dressing your infant, check his diaper for wetness and change as needed. A wet diaper under layers of clothes will be uncomfortable and give the baby a chill. Check every 30 minutes or so to ensure baby is dry.
2. Dress your infant head to toe in warm clothing prior to leaving the house. This will give his body a chance to acclimate before going outside. Clothing should include light-weight layers of thermal underwear, a fleece shirt, warm socks, mittens, scarf and hat. If you have a baby or small infant, look for infant snow prams made of fleece or a water resistant outer shell. Prams with legs have a diagonal zip from neck to foot for ease of dressing. Otherwise, there is a sack version (no individual leg openings) that keeps all of your baby’s body parts warm and snuggly. Check to make sure this type of pram allows seat belt buckle access at the bottom so you can easily remove and secure your child in the car seat.
3. For older infants who are walking, more mobile, and spending a lot of time in the snow, you’ll want to search for insulated, water resistant baby snowsuits. Make sure you purchase a set with adjustable snow bibs which will warm their torso and will prevent snow from creeping under their jacket. Check for extra padding on the bottom and knees for added comfort while playing. Since bibs are a little more work to get on and off, you’ll want to plan additional time for bathroom breaks and undressing. Look for snow bibs with snaps along the inside of the legs to facilitate diaper changes.
4. The last line of defense is a good fitting fleece hat that covers the ears and stays on your child’s head. Many infants may not be too keen on keeping a hat on, so check frequently to make sure his head remains covered. Hats help regulate body temperature by not allowing heat to escape through the head, thus reducing the risk of hypothermia or frostbite. Fleece-Lined waterproof mittens will keep their little fingers toasty warm and are recommended for smaller hands that may have a difficult time with gloves. As a final precaution, you should cover or wrap your infant with a warm blanket and keep an extra close at hand as a back-up.
Remember, babies and infants should not spend too much time outdoors in extreme weather. To avoid life-threatening situations, make sure all skin is covered to protect from harsh winds and cold weather. For more tips and a full selection of infant snow prams and baby snowsuits, visit www.snowsuitsforkids.com.