Winter is coming! Okay, so Game of Throne’s jokes aside, having a winter baby can mean very different things to having a baby in summer or spring or autumn. Winter babies will have extra needs, as it takes a whole lot more to keep a baby warm generally than it does to keep the cool, so to make this weather transition easier, it helps to know what essentials are worth investing in.
WINTER BABY ESSENTIALS WORTH INVESTING IN
While pregnancy during summer is probably a whole lot worse, winter with a newborn comes with it’s own challenges. Not only do you need to take extra steps to ensure your baby is warm enough at all times, but you also need to be mindful of your environment and your own personal needs as well. Because lets face it, breastfeeding in the middle of a winter night – that can be kind of awful!
So here are some must have winter baby essentials to help make your cold days a little easier:
Let’s start with the most basic baby essential – layers! Newborn babies do not have the ability to regulate their own temperature in the way that the rest of us can. This means taking extra precautions to keep them warm and one of the best ways to do this is through layering. Singlets, socks, wondersuits, mittens, swaddle wraps. Having a few layers also means you can remove one or more layers if the temperature suddenly rises, or when you are enjoying some lovely indoor heating.
Sleeping Bags/Swaddle Wraps
With cold comes added risks of suffocation, due to extra layers with things such as blankets and wraps, or even too loose clothing. To minimise these risks to your newborn, consider the use of sleeping bags or swaddle wraps, such as GroBags, that are designed to keep your baby warm in the place of traditional bunny rugs and blanket wraps. No chance of these becoming unraveled or tangled around your baby if they move about, so they are a great peace of mind purchase as well as very functional. There are different levels of warmth for different seasons too.
Easy Access Clothing
Babies hate being cold, which can be a challenge with the frequent dirty nappy changes they need and the undressing that goes with it. To minimise their distress and cold bottom, invest in baby clothes that have crotch openings to avoid having to undress your bub completely to change nappies. The less exposed skin, the happier the baby during the cool weather. Personally I’m a big fan of Bonds Wondersuits as they have zippers that open from top or bottom, so you only need to uncover the bottom half for nappy changes. Most of them also have built in sock and glove fold overs to keep little hands and feet warm, that can be folded back if not needed.
Cold weather can often bring with it all those annoying things like dry skin and scalp. Have a suitable baby lotion on hand to keep your baby’s skin moisturised and itch-free during the colder months. A moisturising baby bath and shampoo will also form part of your baby essentials.
Keep those beautiful little heads warm with a cute little baby beanie. Make sure it is a good fit so it keeps the heat in as babies actually lose heat through their heads so this is an important part to keep covered from the elements. Especially if your little one is a little sparse on hair at the moment. Aim for a baby beanie that is firm fitting but not too tight. You don’t want something that may risk falling down over their face so nothing oversized.
Winter baby must haves also mean considering what you’ve got on hand to keep you comfortable during the cool months with a newborn. If you are going to be breastfeeding, having suitable clothing to make your job easier is also essential. Invest in some easy access nursing tops that you can wear with your general wardrobe. Like baby, go with layering, that way it can be much easier to pop out the boob when you need to feed your baby, minimising the need to expose too much of your own skin to the elements as well. A comfortable mum is a happy mum and a happy mum helps make for a happy baby!
If it is really cold in your home or wherever you may be and you have access to it, heating systems can give you that extra reassurance. Central heating is a great way to keep the whole house warm during winter. Or if you want to keep your electricity costs low, consider just putting on the heat in the area you are bathing and changing your baby. We have a mini wall heater in each of our bathrooms that we use just in winter, or we bathed our babies in the portable baby bath in a room with a reverse cycle air conditioner so that there was no freezing cold and wet bodies coming out of the bath. And of course, get them dressed in those layers quickly! Take extra care to dry all the folds though!
While not essential in all climates, if you live in an extra cold place, you may want to consider a weather cover for your pram. They are breathable covers that block out rain and wind from your little one when travelling in the pram.
However for places without the extreme temperatures, a blanket is usually adequate to keep bub warm when out and about, over their usual layers. Or you can get some really cool pram inserts that are like sleeping bags for the waist and legs down. Keeps those little toes nice and toasty!
Having a winter baby also comes with it’s perks beyond the baby essential needs. An adorable little person you can snuggle to your heart’s content because everyone wants extra cuddles in winter. Plus there is none of that uncomfortable sweaty moments of holding your baby and having them stick to you like may be the case in summer.
Yet knowing what you need for winter newborn is going to make your life easier through the cold months with your beautiful new arrival. Worried about how much a baby will cost… don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be expensive either!
Do you have any winter baby essentials to recommend?