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7 Tips to Keep Baby Safe and Healthy this Winter

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We don’t like being the bearer of bad news, but we still have 3-4 months of winter weather ahead. If you have an infant, that can be a little intimidating. Children are far more susceptible to coming down something icky than those of us with more developed immune systemsThere are several different things to look out for in the winter months – but don’t abandon hope! We’re here to help. Keep reading for seven tips to keep infants safe and healthy this winter. 

1. Dress baby in layers

We all know it’s cold, but your little one can’t regulate their body temperature as well as adults can. Dressing baby in layers keeps them warm when outdoors but also makes it easy to cool them down if needed. 

2. Avoid bulky clothes in the car

While you might want to bundle your little one up to the max to protect them against the cold, once you’re in the car, the coat should come off. The added bulk of a winter jacket makes getting an accurate harness fit almost impossible. What might look snug and secure actually leaves an unsafe gap between your child and the harness. Instead, use a blanket or start your car early to get it up to temperature quicker.

3. Beware of dry skin 

There’s nothing worse than the itchy, scaly feeling dry skin can bring. And babies are more prone to skin issues than adults are, especially in their first year. Play offense against the dry, cold air with a humidifier. Adding moisture to the air in your home helps to keep dry skin at bay. 

4. Stay up to date on check-ups

Nobody wants a sick baby – that’s just a universal fact. Making sure everybody in the family is up to date on their doctor visits helps keep the whole family in tip-top shape to persevere through the season. 

5. Frequently wash hands to fight germs

This goes without saying, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we’ll say it anyway. Wash. Your. Hands. Even traditional viruses are still around this year. Since infants don’t have the same immune response as we do, make sure to keep your hands sanitized to fend off germs before touching your little one. 

6. Keep baby's room at the optimal temperature

The recommended temperature for your infant’s nursery is between 68 and 72 degrees – keeping it warmer or cooler can lead to dry skin, bacteria growth or illness. 

7. Be prepared when you leave the house

You never know what kind of situations you’ll run into. Broken or forgotten masks, empty hand sanitizer bottles. Keep supplies on hand for those “Oops!” moments. The Social Safety Pack is the ultimate back-up plan 

Let’s face it. We’re navigating life as parents in a totally new reality. But follow these tips, check out the rest of our infant health products, and you’ll have the peace of mind you need to make it to sunnier days. And they’re coming – we promise.