What if your FIRST child arrives in June – there is ice, a biting cold and atrocious windchills. The idea of venturing into the slippery, germ-infested cold with a newborn is not appealing. In fact, it terrifies most moms.. But you have absolultey nothing to be afraid of, according to respected Occupational Therapist, Shelly Wolhuter. “Babies and new parents need fresh air,” she says. “Unless it’s dangerously cold, being outdoors helps infants acclimate to the seasons and the day-and-night cycle, and it often calms irritability.” Just look at the Scandinavians, who despite a far colder climate than our own, leave their baby’s outside warmly wrapped and inside their pram. One just needs to look a generation or two ago in South Africa where our grandparents firmly believed that a baby was healthier left outside under a tree on a daily basis. Even though fresh air is good, there are precautions you should take. Learn the season’s best strategies and put your winter worries to rest

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Infants lose heat faster than adults, and the younger their age, the less able they are to cope with cold. Small babies lack the ability to increase heat by shivering and don’t have the body fat needed to warm back up once they get cold.

 

Dress him in layers

No one wants their munchkin to be cold, so we have a tendency to overdress babies in the winter. The rule is to outfit your munchkin as you do yourself, plus one more layer. Choose breathable fabrics such as cotton and muslin so you can take clothes on and off as needed.

100% Cellular Blankets

Nocturnal Affair’s 100% cotton cellular baby blankets are a must-have bedding item for baby. The cellular design of these blankets helps to provide greater insulation without adding too much weight on top of baby.  Ideal for any season.

Ditch the coat in the car

Puffy jackets, snowsuits, and buntings should never be worn in a car safety seat, They’re unsafe because you need to loosen the harness in order to accommodate them, but in a crash they can compress, leaving a big gap between the harness and child, upping the chance of injury. Dress your infant for the temperature that the car will be, not the temperature outside. Warm your vehicle, strap Baby in while she’s wearing her regular clothes, and then tuck her coat or a blanket around her and over the buckled harness straps. Another option is to use a light fleece wrap or cover that is over the clothes during baby’s transition into the car and can then be left closed or easily opened depending on the temperature in the car.

Bubs Starwrap

The Bubs Winter Fleece Starwrap is a genius all-in-one soft hooded baby wrap. Pop your dressed baby into the wrap and easily transfer baby from home to car seat/ pram/ buggy or sling. And ensure you have the cutest little star, by far.

Bundle up for any outside outing 

If the temperature or windchill dips too low, or if low temperatures are mixed with wind or rain, keep your little one inside except for brief excursions, like to and from the car. For any jaunts or outings dress him in a winter jacket, a hat that covers his ears, mittens, and a stroller blanket or bunting. Check your baby often for signs of discomfort. If his face gets red, his skin is warm, and he’s fussy, he’s probably overheated. If he’s fussy and teary-eyed, and his skin is cold to the touch, he’s probably not bundled up enough.

GERM SEASON

There’s a reason we call winter the sick season, children get an average of 6 to 10 colds every year. Your baby’s immune system is still maturing, and is being exposed to lots of viruses by other kids. She’ll get plenty of immunity-building vitamins and minerals from breast milk and formula, but you can do more.

Disinfecting 

If someone in the family is sick, to avoid transmitting viruses to other family members –  disinfect any frequently touched surfaces or objects, such as crib rails, dresser-drawer handles, hard plastic toys, doorknobs, and light switches.. Using wipes and organic hand sanitizers can significantly reduce the spread of gastroenteritis at home according to researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston.

SOPURE Hand Sanitiser

SoPure’s Nursery Hand Sanitizer is the only purely natural, rinse-free hand sanitizer of its kind. It quickly and effectively eliminates viruses, bacteria, fungi, wild strains of yeasts, as well as moulds. You can drink it, wash with it, inhale it, and use it to disinfect surfaces and water. It is the perfect answer to all your newborn’s sterilization needs!

Clean Hands

Babies put their hands in their nose and mouth, so it’s important to keep those little digits clean—and yours, too. For Baby, lather a washcloth with soap (natural/chemical free is best) and warm water. Then scrub—the friction lifts dirt and germs from skin—about 20 seconds each time you feed her, change a diaper, or return from being out and about. Do the same yourself (you can skip the washcloth) after each of these tasks as well as your own bathroom visits. Dry thoroughly after, since germs can be transferred more easily to and from wet hands. If you’re on the go, use a hand sanitizer (SoPure Hand Sanitizer). Avoid alcohol based products for baby as the alcohol can cause irritation if used directly on their sensitive skin.

Goats Milk Organic Soap

Most soaps strip your baby’s skin of its natural oils – where natural goat’s milk soap is gentle yet nutrient rich. Organic goats milk soap is wonderful for ultra-sensitive skins such as newborns

R&R Baby Milk Wash

A baby milk wash is a creamy lather that cleans and conditions baby’s delicate skin. This ultra-gentle, creamy milk is perfect for newborns! It allows you to thoroughly cleanse your baby’s face and body while maintaining the skin’s natural balance. Leaves baby’s skin clean, soft and delicately scented. Allergen-free. Paraben-free. Sulphate-free. Soap-free. No Artificial Colors or Fragrances. Petroleum-Free. Mineral Oil-Free.

Mite Free

One of the major contributors to allergic reactions, second only to pollen, is dust mites. Dust mites are an everyday part of life and fulfill vital functions in the eradication of biodegradable waste, however, when the populations of these dust mites build up, the allergens they produce can become a problem. Dust mites are often the root cause of problems such as asthma, eczema, hay fever, itchy eyes or skin, a runny nose, interrupted sleep patterns or impaired breathing – particularly in infants and children.

Sun and Fresh Air are two natural Dust Mite combatants – but in winter when there is less sun and its too cold to leave windows open or place bedding outside – you will need help combating Dust Mites.

MiteFree Baby Allergen Spray

MiteFree Baby Allergen Spray is a powerful and safe neutralising agent that helps prevent allergic reactions caused by dust mite allergens. Spray this ultra-pure allergy relief formula onto beds, mattresses, pillows, soft toys, curtains and upholstery – it’s even mild enough to spray in baby’s cot.

DRY SKIN

Cold temperatures, the lack of humidity, and recirculated inside air can all contribute to dry, itchy and scaly skin. Especially for a baby that is teething, the excess saliva can cause their lips to dry out and crack.

The Right Temperature

Indoor heating has low humidity, and it’s that lack of moisture in the air that can dry your baby’s delicate skin. To avoid this rather keep your indoor temperature as cool as you can tolerate during the day and rather dress baby accordingly. When your little one is sleeping, however, you can allow even lower temperatures, which will not only benefit her skin, but can reduce her risk of SIDS, research shows. Dress your baby in a sleeper and sleep sack—a wearable blanket—to keep her warm enough.

Winter Sleep Sac

The Baby Sense Winter Sleepy Sac has been designed to eliminate those early morning wakings due to cold. Many babies kick off their blankets and swaddles as they get a little older. This causes them to cool down in the early hours of the morning, leading to early wakings.

Bathing

You know the wrinkly fingers you used to get as a child when staying in the bath too long? Well that should tell you the role hot water plays in dehyradting the skin barrier and how it saps the skin’s protective oils. We recommend giving baby a bath only about every three days to avoid over-drying and irritation. The water should feel comfortably warm, not hot, stick your elbow in to gauge. Limit time in the tub to 10 minutes, less for a newborn.

Lily n’ Jack Bath Apron

The Lily ‘n Jack Snuggledry Bath Apron is made from super soft 450gsm cotton toweling. Baby goes from warm bath straight into a warm towel that is preheated by mom or dads body heat. The Lily ‘n Jack Bath Apron enables a calm, soothing and hassle-free transition from bath to towel. Suitable from birth through to toddler-hood

Moisturise

Delicate skins best shield against winter woes is moisturiser. Not all baby’s require moisturiser and since mommy knows best – simply monitor baby’s skin for signs of dryness. However when you do need a moisturiser, make sure it’s fragrance and chemical free.  Products that include mineral oil’s are best as they have the greatest lipid content so are best at hydrating and preventing damage to the skin barrier. TIP: Apply one within three minutes of taking your baby out of the tub; putting ointment on damp skin maintains the hydration provided by the bath because it locks in water. If skin is extra dry, moisturise three times a day, in addition to post-bath.

Natural Barrier Balm

Another common problem in winter is dry and cracked lips. Especially for baby’s that are teething, the excess saliva can cause their lips to dry out and crack. The Mother Nature Barrier Balm is a thick, rich barrier salve, which is gentle but incredibly effective in protecting, nourishing and healing mother & baby’s skin. It speeds up the healing of dry, irritated skin, nappy rash and eczema. It can be used on hands, lips and cheeks (both kinds) to soothe chapped skin, abrasions and other minor skin irritations.

Baby Massage & Bath Oil

Winter is notorious for causing dry and sensitive skin. Keep baby warm and moisturised this winter with Pure Beginnings ‘Soothing Baby Massage & Bath Oil”. Massaging baby carries numerous other health benefits too. And that is not even counting the BONDING benefits.

Probiotic Baby Sensitive Body Cream

The Probiotic Baby Sensitive Body Cream is formulated to boost the skin’s microbiome with the inclusion of prebiotic and probiotic ingredients. The formulation, ingredients, and product pH have all been considered to assist the skin’s microbiome to flourish.

Probiotic Baby Sensitive Cream Wash

The Probiotic Baby Sensitive Body Cream is formulated to boost the skin’s microbiome with the inclusion of Aloe Vera Leaf Extract – a soothing, healing base which has been used for centuries to treat and care for sensitive skin. Marula Seed Oil – a nourishing oil with anti-inflammatory and healing properties ensures the cream wash is nourishing 

R&R Baby Body Lotion

Moisturize and nourish your baby’s delicate skin with RR’s all-natural Baby Body Lotion formula of avocado oil, shea butter, jojoba oil and aloe. This light moisturizer leaves skin feeling soft, with the delicately sweet scent of organic chamomile oil. Allergen-free. Paraben-free. Sulphate-free. Soap-free. No Artificial Colors or Fragrances. Petroleum-Free. Mineral Oil-Free.

KEEP BABY CLOSE

I am a Winter Baby!

“Those born in winter love nothing more than a warm hug from their  nearest and dearest!”

Keep Baby Close

The simplest and most rewarding way to keep baby warm this Winter is using your own bodyheat. Keep baby against you, kinda like a Kangaroo, and believe us when we say that that is baby’s favourite place to be.

Whether with a Carrier, Wrap or Sling – keep baby close this winter…

Winter is the ideal time to bond as a family. Find out what our Occupatiotional Therapist has to say about using the time indoors to develop baby’s gross motor skills.

The Winter Survival Guide was adapted from an article by Holly Pevzner from