Since severity of winter differs from place to place, there is no one way of keeping all babies protected. But a soft wooly-cotton suit is good to keep your baby warm. At night, when the mercury dips to a great extent, cover your baby with a woolen blanket. But ensure that it is just warm enough and does not make your baby feel hot. Too much heat can give your baby nightmares and disturbed sleep.
Most mothers prefer disposable diapers in winter as washing and drying cotton diapers might be tough. But, change the disposal diapers more often than normal to prevent your baby from catching a cold or developing fever. You must also use enough baby creams and moisturisers to keep the baby’s skin soft and supple.
Woolen socks are a must. If the feet are warm the entire body remains warm. Some mothers say that some babies do not like wearing woolen caps or covering their heads. But it is advisable to make them wear a cap if you are venturing outdoors.
Make your baby wear sweaters that won’t make him feel too hot. If you are at home, don’t keep him in thick woolen pullovers. Even winter-wear needs to be minimal but adequate. It is always exciting to dress up your baby in pretty little woolens. So go ahead and shop for your baby, but remember not to indulge too much. Babies grow up very fast.
Here is one word of caution. At night, when your baby is asleep, ensure he does not get too warm. Overheating of the body is related to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) also known as ‘cot death’. Try not to cover the baby’s head with a cap while he sleeps. Check the baby’s body heat by touching his stomach or feeling the back of his head. If the head is damp and stomach is warm, remove the blanket to let some heat escape.