Baby it’s cold outside! Here are some clothing guidelines will keep your baby warm and comfortable throughout the winter season.
Clothes for going on walks
Fresh air is important for your baby even when it is cold out, especially this year! Babies lose body temperature more quickly than adults, so experts recommend that a good rule is to dress your child in one more layer than you would wear in those same conditions.
So for example, if you are going out and wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt and a winter jacket, simply add a sweatshirt to your baby’s long-sleeved outfit, plus a bunting or a coat. Personally, I love this selection of baby winter coats from Kathryns! Complete your babies outfit with mittens, a cute hat, and warm shoes or boots.
If you are taking your baby out in a stroller, then an attachable sleeping bag is perfect. Adding a windscreen to your stroller will help protect your baby’s face from windburn. However, if it is very windy outside during winter its best to avoid walks until it is calmer!
Clothes for car journeys
It’s always stressful travelling with your baby in the car, but no more so than in winter. Luckily by dressing them in the right outfit, you can ensure your baby is comfortable and ready for a smooth ride. NHS recommends against dressing your baby in bulky winter coats, bunting, or sleeping bag as the car seat would no longer be safe. Instead, you should dress your baby in thin layers and use a blanket once they are strapped into the car seat.
Clothes for playing in the snow
Appropriately dressing a child of any age for snow play can be a drama, but don’t let that stop you from letting your little one from experiencing the winter weather. Even before being able to walk your baby will probably be excited by the texture and look of snow.
For playing in the snow I recommend dressing your baby to be very waterproof and warm. Ideally, you should look to getting your baby a waterproof snowsuit but if you do not tend to get too much snow and your baby is only going to be playing in the snow every now and then, a thick coat and boots would be fine. Just make sure there’s nowhere any water can get in and chill your baby.
Don’t forget to dress your baby in a winter hat and waterproof mittens, though you can take them off just for a moment to allow your little one to discover the feel of snow.
Clothes for staying inside
During winter it may be tempting to wrap your baby up even when inside, but as it is always warmer inside, simply follow the same rule as earlier, just adding an extra layer to your babies outfit to that of what you would wear. The best way to check is to put your hand on your babies back or tummy, which should be warm but not sweaty. Adjust their outfit accordingly if this differs any.
Ensuring your baby is not dressed too warm whilst inside in winter is essential so that your baby does not overheat. Sweating and damp hair or flushed cheeks and rapid breathing are all signs of overheating, so if you notice them remove a layer of your babies clothing.