As the colder months approach, it’s important to think about how your little ones might be affected by the drop in temperature. Here are some top tips from Damon Marriott, Head of Product Development at Joie UK, to make sure your baby is as safe as can be in the snowy season.
Keeping them safe and comfortable in the car
When it’s cold outside, we all know it’s incredibly important to keep your little one wrapped up and warm in a cosy coat. However, when travelling in a car seat the size of the coat adds slack to the harness, so if there’s an accident your baby won’t be restrained properly, and could be seriously harmed.
To ensure your little one stays nice and secure, remove the coat in the car and place your little one into the harness without it. Then simply use the warm coat like a blanket; if they keep kicking it off, pop the arms back in, this helps to hold it in place keeping them warm.
It also allows you to quickly remove the coat when the car warms up to prevent your little one from overheating. This technique also keeps the coat warm for when you arrive at your destination and need to get out in the cold air.
Getting a good night’s sleep
A good night’s sleep is ideal for both parent and baby – but ensuring your little one is safe and cosy at night can be tough. Try to keep the room temperature between 16-20°c – this is the perfect temperature to ensure that your little one is comfortable, but not too hot. Also consider what’s in their cot, as a general rule less is more.
Remove stuffed toys, pillows and loose blankets from the cot, as these can be dangerous. If your little one is warmly dressed, just a tightly fitted sheet on the mattress is all that’s needed. For their first sixth months, the safest place for your baby to sleep is in a cot in your room.
If you’re staying with friends or going away for a winter break it can be handy to take a travel cot with you, this way you can mimic their usual sleeping arrangements at home. The Joie excursion change & bounce is a good choice and you can make sure your little one is safe by your side all night.
Keeping them healthy from within
Winter tends to bring an increase of viruses in the air, so giving your baby all the nutrients they need is vital. If they’re old enough to eat solids, try mashing up some sweet potato to get some vitamin A, vitamin C and fibre into their diet. Lentils and kale are brilliant sources of iron, which is essential for having a great immune system, both can be added to a puree, which is easy for your baby to eat too.
If you want to find out more information the NHS page is a good place to start.
Stopping the sniffles
Babies are particularly susceptible to illness in winter as their immune systems aren’t fully developed. It’s important to take extra precautions to create a hygienic environment at home for your little one to reduce exposure to germs. Simple things like washing your hands after you’ve been out and about will reduce any nasties entering the home.
Also ensure that your kitchen surfaces are cleaned regularly with an antibacterial spray, as any surface coming into contact with baby’s food needs to be completely clean so that no nasty germs are transmitted.
Strolling in the snow
Even in the cold weather we all like to get out and about in the fresh air. As it gets colder and darker, it’s vital your little one is kept at a suitable temperature. To make sure they’re warm, dress them in one layer extra than what you’re wearing – if you’re comfortable in a jacket outside, put baby in a jacket with a blanket on top.
Tiny hands and feet are also very susceptible to the cold, so make sure you have mittens and booties as well as a snuggly hat to keep your little one extra warm.
About the Author:
Damon Marriott is the Head of Product Development, Joie UK