8 tips for dressing your baby in winter

Making sure your baby isn’t too hot or cold is very important – especially if you’re going outdoors. Follow these handy guidelines for dressing your baby in winter. By Lebogang Madileng

8 tips for dressing your baby in winter

Dressing your baby in the winter can be challenging as you want to keep your baby warm, but not too hot. Babies like to be comfortable but it’s hard to know what works for them because they can’t tell you.

These tips will make dressing your baby in winter a little easier

Layers are important.

Body suits and babygros are must-haves for babies in winter. Depending on the outfit, socks under boots will definitely keep your baby warm.

Dress your baby in fewer clothes if you’re co-sleeping.

When you sleep with your baby, she benefits from your body heat, so fewer layers are required.

Feel your baby’s toes and belly.

If your baby has warm toes and a hot belly, she is overdressed. If her belly is cool, she isn’t able to keep herself warm, so add an extra layer of clothing to keep her cosy.

Buy your baby a sleep sack.

Keep your baby warm when she sleeps to prevent colds and ensure she sleeps better. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), you shouldn’t place your baby in her car seat wearing a baby sleeping bag as it can interfere with the protection provided in a crash. If it is a really cold day, you can throw a blanket over your baby’s car seat as long as it is not under the straps or harness of the car seat.

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Accessories make a difference.

Your baby’s ears can get cold, too, so dress her in a cute beanie or warm hat that matches her outfit. On extra cold days, you can add gloves too.

Make sure your baby’s clothes fit her properly.

Shoes and jackets that are too tight can limit your baby’s circulation. This can contribute to cold limbs.

Blankets are essential.

Whether you are indoors or outdoors, a blanket is essential in winter. Instead of adding extra clothing when your baby gets cold, you can simply wrap her in a blanket.

Pick the right base layer.

The base layer lies on top of your baby’s skin. Ideal base layers are clothes made of wool and polyester.


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