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Something that can scare any new mom is cold weather.
Is baby warm enough? My hands are numb, how can I tell if they’re cold? What about too hot?
Those are just a few questions that roll around in my head while out for our afternoon walks.
Being that I am only three months postpartum, my hormones are still fluctuating a bit. Meaning I still get really cold, and really hot, even if the room is a comfortable temperature for everyone else.
Last week it was about 35 degrees outside and my house was maybe 68 degrees. During that time my hormones were doing something funky to my body, and just taking the trash out and then sitting down to pump made me overwhelmingly warm. Like, took my jacket and shirt off for the next hour warm.
The fourth trimester is weird.
Because of my unpredictable body temp, I get very worried about my twins and am CONSTANTLY checking to see if they are too warm or too cold. I check by kissing their cheeks and forehead, holding their hands, and a lot of the time actually using our temporal thermometer. Usually they are fine. But one night we did have a scare.
Caeden woke up screaming.
Like… screaming like he was dropped off the couch. A blood curdling scream. Enough that it even woke my husband up! (I am sure you guys know how hard it is to wake a sleeping man…) We were both terrified and had no idea what happened. I picked him up and rocked him in my arms around the house trying to calm him down and he would not stop crying. He was red in the face, snot dripping out of his nose screaming.
My husband and I were just looking at each other like “WHAT is wrong???” Caeden is our sweet, calm boy. He doesn’t cry unless something is actually wrong. He barely even cries when he is hungry, he just grunts a little bit and gets fussy. So this was completely out of his norm.
Thinking maybe he was getting sick, we took his temp and turns out he was really cold. Really, really cold. His body temp was 97.3. We took his temp five different times because we were so confused and scared. We wanted to make sure.
So Chris the bundled him up in a baby burrito with his fleece blanket and our comforter and I ripped off my shirt and got under some blankets to try and give him as much of my body heat as I could.
We were still in shock. How could we let this happen? I was so mad at myself.
Since that night, we dress both babies in sleep sacks before they go down for the night. I have also done a lot of research when it comes to keeping babies appropriately warm during the cold weather as well. Now I am here to share with you what I have learned so that you can keep your little’s warm this winter!
Tips for Keeping Babies Warm During the Cold Weather
Lots of Layers
The first tip I have for cold weather wear is the use of layers. Layers are very helpful for cold weather because they help trap your babies body heat inside! But more layers aren’t always better.
The rule of thumb with layering, without over heating your baby, is to put one more layer on them than you have on. But leave the big jackets for your destination! Puffy and over sized jackets are not rated for safety in car seats. You cannot get the straps of the car seat tight enough with a big jacket on.
Hats are Needed!
Another thing to remember is that a hood on a jacket does not count as a hat. The hood allows too much air flow around their little noggins. This isn’t good for keeping baby warm because they lose body heat very quickly from their heads.
Make sure to put some sort of beanie on your baby to keep the warmth in!
Use Socks as Warm Mittens
I have a ton of the little baby mittens, but they all fall off SO easily. Most of the time the mittens are off before we even get out the door. So I started using a clean pair of their little fuzzy socks as mittens and they work a lot better!
When it comes to their clothing, keep an eye out for the onesies and jackets where the arm holes turn into mittens. They are a moms life hack!
Sleep Sacks are your Friend!
My next tip is to utilize the wonderful invention that is sleep sacks! I love sleep sacks because they are a easy, safe way to keep our babies warm at night. My babies typically sleep in a long sleeved onesie and sleep sack at night. I would put more clothes on them under the sleep sack if they were sleeping in a crib.
Right now they are still sleeping in their rock and plays, so I also wrap them in a blanket.
Use Car Seat Covers
I love taking my twins out for walks, so car seat covers are crucial! I bought a set from a second hand store that are fleece lined and they do a great job at keeping heat inside the car seat. They are a lot like these ones off Amazon!
*NOTE: in order to remain safe, only use covers. Do not use car seat fleece inserts, or anything of the such. No aftermarket car seat attachments are safe unless they come inside the box from the manufacturer.*
When in Doubt, Check Temperature
And last, if you’re ever in doubt about your babies temperature, check it! You are always better safe than sorry. I love my temporal thermometer. It is very accurate!
What do you do to ensure your baby stays warm in cold weather?
Go ahead and share below! I am sure all us mommas could always use more tips on keeping our babies warm.