First, when you go outside with your baby, he should wear one more layer of clothing than you plan to wear, Affinity Health System recommends (see reference below). If you plan to be outside for an extended period, dress your baby in outerwear, including a hat that covers his ears, made from water and wind-resistant materials. To give your little one extra protection in a stroller, place a blanket over him on top of the harness. While in the car, avoid dressing him in bulky clothing or jackets, HealthyChildren.org recommends. Instead, dress your baby in lighter clothing so the car seat’s straps fit him securely. Then, if necessary, place a blanket on your baby, over the harness straps. When a baby overheats, her skin will tell you. Overheated areas may develop heat rash, which looks like small red bumps that are moist, according to the 'Healthy Children' website (see link below). Also, it is important to dress your winter baby in natural fibres that are breathable (like cotton or natural soft wool), in order to prevent overheating.
The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, has been linked to over-bundling a baby. When you over-bundle a baby, she may overheat, which increases her risk for SIDS, says the National Sleep Foundation. When you get your baby ready for bed during the winter, dress her in light clothing and keep the temperature in the room at a comfortable level. Do not have any bedding, pillows, bumpers, sheepskins, toys or quilts in a baby's crib, because these items can increase the risk of SIDS, according, again, to the Healthy Children website below.
So, here are a couple of suggestions on what to bring to the hospital:
*Don't forget to bring warm clothing for yourself too!
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