With winter upon us, you may be tempted to wrap and bundle your baby in several layers of clothing and blankets. But, it’s important not to overheat baby. A general rule is to dress your baby in just one more layer than what you are wearing in the same conditions. When putting your little one down to sleep, these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics can keep her warm and safe:
- Dress baby in a one-piece sleeper or sleeping sack and place her on her back in crib
- Keep crib away from drafty windows
- Set the thermostat in your house at a comfortable temperature
- Keep crib free of bulky blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, quilts, bumpers or anything that could get over her face
As for keeping your baby warm in the car, it’s best to dress her in thin, snug layers rather than a bulky coat or snowsuit that can leave extra space under the car seat harness. Once buckled in, place a blanket or her coat over the harness. Remember a hat and cover tiny hands and feet with mittens, socks and booties. When not in use, keep the carrier part of the car set in the house at room temperature.