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Baby!It’s Cold Outside -Tips to keep the little one warm

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While you are busy getting your winter wardrobe ready, getting all cosy and cuddly around the fire and dreaming of  hot chocolate with gooey marshmallows, here are some essential tips to keep the little one warm this winter

 

Dress Appropriately

While this might seem as the obvious, remember to protect your baby’s super soft skin by layering appropriately! Itchy red bumps tend to erupt if babies are bundled up in layers and layers of wool. The tiny little sweat glands get clogged. So, ensure you’ve got 100% cotton inners and warm layers that are breathable.

 

Moisturize well

Chapped Lips, Dry Cheeks,Dry Skin?

Try using malai, ghee,cold pressed coconut oil- they all work like magic and you’re sure to have a less itchy baby.

You could also try a Sebamed baby lotion, Cetaphil or Palmers incase your little one is allergic to oil. However, please do check with a dermatologist for skin type and reactions.

 

Beanies, mittens, and foot coverings

Keep their head and feet warm and covered at all times. Restrict bare feet walking/crawling – this is inviting an immediate cold,cough and flu.

While outdoors, have their heads covered with a beanie/hat. Make sure it is a good fit so it keeps the heat in as babies actually lose heat through their heads. Especially if your little one is a little sparse on hair at the moment!

 

Stock up on Diapers

Nappy change is as frequent as blinking during the winter! You won’t even realize how quickly a pack finishes, so have enough stock to last you long enough. It’s a good practice to change every 3-4 hours to avoid infection and winter rashes.

 

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Hygiene Check

It’s a common myth that cold weather causes colds, but it does not. Colds are caused mainly by viruses that we are more commonly exposed to in the winter.Keeping yourself healthy is a vital part of caring for your baby. Wash your hands regularly and use a Hand sanitizer. It helps kill those nasty germs that lurk year-round, but whose effects are so devastating in winter months. While washing with soap and warm water is ideal, antibacterial gels help reduce your and your little one’s exposure to unwanted infections.

 

Medicine Checklist

Sniffy and runny noses are a common feature in the household – keep all necessary medicines,especially for cold and flu ( based on your pediatrician’s advice) handy. You’ll need them at weird hours of the night. It’s also a good idea to keep a bottle of eucalyptus oil at home.

 

Use a Humidifer

Using humidifiers with the heaters on, It doesn’t dry the air. Chicco and Avent are two that I have personally used and it’s helped me quite a lot.

Another tip would be, place an essence oil burner in the room and put some camphor pieces on it. Burn the tea lite candle under and the brilliant smell in the room helps the little one breath better.

 

Keep Hydrated

Drinking lots of water is as important in the winter as it is during summers. They might not feel as thirsty but ensure you are giving theme enough water through the day. Although hot chocolate, juices are nice on occasions, good ol’ water is always the best source of hydration.

 

Eat Healthy

Low immunity in kids is synonymous with winter. Boost their immunity by introducing winter-friendly root vegetables into their meal plans. Potatoes, Carrots, Beetroots, Radish, Ginger,Garlic,Lemon to name a few.

Turmeric Milk (especially while it’s cold outside) has been a grandmother favorite and will continue to be for years to come. It’s the perfect precautionary measure to avoid cold,cough and flu.

 

For You

If you are going to be breastfeeding, having suitable clothing to make your job easier is very essential. Invest in some easy access nursing tops that you can wear with your general wardrobe. Like your baby, go with the perfect amount of layering and keep yourself warm at all times. You don’t want to be all sneezy and coughy while nursing.

 

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By Prerna Joon

Mother of two daughters and of 4 dogs! An Educator by profession, she is now enjoying her motherhood journey. The girls teach her a lot every single day. There is not one rule book for parenting; every day the girls make her set new rules which are usually always broken.

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