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Guide on How to Keep Your Baby Warm in Winter

If you’re chilly, you can easily slip on a sweater, choose your thickest socks, or dig out your favorite stocking cap. But how do you keep your baby warm in winter?

You also have the added challenge of keeping little ones warm in the car seat (no puffy coats allowed!) and ensuring the dry winter air won’t chap that soft and sensitive skin.

Below, we’ve gathered our best tips for keeping your littlest family member warm, comfortable, and safe during winter.

How to dress and keep your baby warm during the cold winter

Maintain a comfortable body tempurature for the baby

When you’re dressing a baby for winter, layers are your friend. One popular rule of thumb you may have heard from seasoned moms and grandmas: Dress your baby as you dress yourself, but add one extra layer. For instance, if you’re wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, slip a long-sleeved onesie on your little one before you layer on pants and a sweatshirt.

If you’ll be spending time outside on a cold day, you’ll want to add even more layers. And don’t skimp on accessories. Warm socks, shoes, caps, and even mittens are a good idea if you’ll be out and about on cold days. But when you bundle up your baby, though you want to avoid cold necks and chins, remember to ensure she can still breathe easily.

Watch for clues that your baby is too warm or too cold. Do her fingers and toes feel cool to the touch? While it’s normal for extremities to be cooler than the rest of the body, they shouldn’t be icy. If her tummy or the nape of her neck is cold, you should definitely add layers and/or turn up the thermostat.

But remember it’s possible to be on the other end of the spectrum. If you bundle up for a cold day and then walk into a warm house, your baby can quickly become uncomfortably warm. Does your baby seem sweaty or flushed? Do you notice unusual fussing or irritability? Are his toes warm to the touch? Those factors can signal that your baby needs you to remove a layer or two of clothing.

How to dress baby for winter

Clothes and accessories to keep baby warm on the go

You probably know by now the dangers of bundling your baby in a puffy snowsuit or coat before you buckle him into the car seat. If an accident occurs, the coat can compress, leaving the car seat straps too loose to protect your child. But that doesn’t mean your baby needs to shiver all the way to Grandma’s house.

For starters, if your baby rides in an infant car seat, you should keep the portable carrier in the house. That way, it’s warm rather than icy cold when you’re buckling him in. And if your baby needs a little extra warmth, you have plenty of other options:

Blankets

A simple blanket can provide plenty of warmth on a car ride. Be sure to tuck the blanket around your baby after you buckle him rather than before.

Unisex Baby Mink and Sherpa Plush Blanket

Hudson Baby Unisex Baby Plush Blanket with Sherpa Back

Knit Baby Blanket 30 x 40 inches

mimixiong Baby Blanket Knit Toddler Blankets for Boys and Girls Blue Green 30 x 40 inches

Winter Hats

Keep your little ones’ ears warm and protected from the cold air with a fleece hat.

Winter Beanie Hat for Baby

Baby Beanie with Earflaps

Baby Winter Hat and Mitten Set

Beanie Hat and Glove 3-Pack Set

Sleep Sacks

It’s tempting to use blankets in a baby’s crib to keep them warm during winter but blankets (and pillows) pose a suffocation risk. Blankets can end up covering baby’s face and obstructing their airways. Instead, consider using a swaddle or wearable blanket or sleep sack with PJs underneath. This will keep your baby warm and comfortable, without having any loose bedding in the crib.

baby deedee Sleep Nest, Teddy

baby deedee Sleep Nest Teddy Sleeping Bag

Burt’s Bees Baby Beekeeper Wearable Blanket 

Burt's Bees Baby Unisex-Baby Beekeeper Wearable Blanket

Car Seat Covers

You can purchase specially designed car seat covers for cold weather. But be sure the one you choose doesn’t have a layer under your baby and does not cover her face, which can obstruct her breathing. Never buy homemade car seat covers, and always check to ensure the one you choose is approved by the manufacturer of the car seat.  

Cozy Stroll and Go Infant Car Seat Cover

 Skip Hop Winter Car Seat Cover, Stroll & Go

Infant Car Canopy

Stretchy Baby Car Seat Covers for Boys Girls, Infant Car Canopy Spring Autumn Winter,Snug Warm Breathable Windproof, Adjustable Peep Window,Universal Fit,Forest Fox

Backward Coats

You may have seen this trick on social media: Simply buckle your little one in the car seat and then put his coat over him, slipping his arms through the armholes. It’s like a blanket with sleeves!

What about when you’re taking a walk? Tucking blankets around your baby (again, over the buckles rather than under) are a great way to keep her warm in the stroller. Many strollers work well with accessories:

Stroller Weather Shields

You can find weather shields designed to protect your baby from rain, wind, and snow. Some types are even designed to fit most strollers.ir?t=babypalooza 20&language=en US&l=li2&o=1&a=B001CUPT76

Stroller Rain Cover

Emoly Upgraded Universal Stroller Rain Cover

Stroller Bunting Bags

Specially designed bunting bags are a great way to keep smaller babies cozy on stroller rides.

JJ Cole Bunting Bag

JJ Cole Urban Bundleme Bunting Bag

 

Fleece Stroller and Carseat Footmuff

7AM Enfant Stroller, Carseat Footmuff

Stroller Hand Muffs

Okay, this one’s for you mama. Sometimes gloves aren’t enough to keep your hands warm while you’re pushing your stroller in the cold weather. These cool stroller hand muffs snap onto the handlebar of your stroller to give you an added layer of warmth while you’re out and about!

Stroller Hand Muff

 7AM Enfant Stroller Warmmuffs

 Water Resistant Fleece Lined Hand Muff

BETITETO Fleece Stroller Hand Muff

Winter isn’t always easy when you have a baby. But with a little effort, you can keep the littlest member of your family warm and comfortable whether you’re snuggling on the couch or heading out on a road trip. Bonus—you won’t have to worry about sunburns!

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@peepso_user_3522(Kelsey Chambers)
That double pom puff beanie is too cute!
6 months ago