Winter is beautiful- with icicles hanging from window ledges, frost dusted cobwebs and a layer of pure white snow on the ground it makes everything look picture perfect. However, winter does come with risks that aren’t an issue in other seasons, and as a new mother, you’ll be particularly wary of the dangers of the world. Here are some of the ways you and your baby can get through winter in the safest possible way.
Be wary of babies overheating
It’s easy to over compensate when the weather is chilly as we’re so worried about our baby getting cold. But actually, wrapping them up too warm and having the heat up too high can be even more dangerous. Babies that are overheating will feel warm to the touch and their skin can look red. Their heartbeat will be rapid and they can be lethargic and unresponsive. Be aware in the home, in the car and out in the pram, it might be cold outside but your baby overheating is a real risk. It can cause sudden death which is every parent’s nightmare, so be very careful.
Buy them the right clothing
One of the best ways to keep your baby at the right temperature is to buy clothing in the right materials. Man made fibres aren’t breathable and can cause them to overheat, so things like cotton for under garments with wool to keep warm on top is a good choice. Dress them in layers and monitor carefully, a baby will be unable to tell you they’re too warm and so you need to be aware of this. Lighter layers that can be taken on and off can help you to monitor and control their temperature.
Have a backup source of power
Being left without power or heat is a scary enough thought for anyone, but even more so when you have a newborn at home. It’s so worth investing in a generator, that way if you do end up without power for a number of days you can keep yourself and your baby warm. If you live in a built up area or apartment you could even buy a silent generator to prevent it from being too noisy.
Be wary of slips and falls outside
When it’s icy outside, be very careful. If you’re out with the pram or holding your baby, a slip or fall could be really dangerous. Invest in proper footwear for yourself, and avoid trying to carry your baby either in your arms or in their carrier unless you absolutely have to. Stay indoors during adverse weather if you can, have groceries delivered and skip your daily walk until the snow and ice has melted. As well as you falling or slipping, cars can slide onto the pavement and all kinds of risks can occur during bad weather- so stay indoors if you can.
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