The first winter is very crucial for the baby. Ayu was born in September and we stayed at my hometown (Chandigarh) during his first winter. I was worried about the cold and infections. But thankfully we had a smooth winter season. I learnt a few tricks from the mistakes I made and have explained them in this post. I hope you have a stress free and snuggly time with your new born.
Understand why the first winter is crucial
Babies are not able to regulate their body temperature like us adults. And that is the reason they are not able to cope up with the cold during their first winter. This cold can lead to some serious infections and illnesses. And thus, we need to be careful.
Dress him in layers
Layering is the trick to protect the baby from the cold. My doctor recommended to dress the baby in one layer extra as compared to me. So if I am wearing 3 layers of clothes, he should wear four. The clothes should be breathable to avoid over heating.
Do not bathe him everyday
Babies do not get dirty too soon. Bathe him once in 2-3 days to avoid dehydrating his skin. And bathe him right. Check the water temperature by inserting your elbow in the water. Too hot water rips the moisture off the baby’s skin and can cause irritation. Give a quick bath and put clothes on him immediately. Cover the head and chest as soon as he is out of the water. That helps in retaining the heat for some more time and prevents sudden change in body temperature.
Use a good moisturiser
A good moisturiser should be applied as soon as the baby is out of the bath. Moisturise according to the skin of the baby. If his skin is too dry, apply a moisturiser 2-3 times a day. If it is supple, one application would be enough.
Keep baby’s vaccinations up to date
Get your baby the necessary vaccinations at the right time. That helps protecting him from harmful diseases. Flu shot is given after the baby turns six months old. And is now mandatory in India too.
Keep the Hands clean
Babies love putting their hands in their mouth. And that can transfer germs. Wash his hands a number times during the day. Or use good wipes to regularly clean his hands. Anyone who touches the baby should wash his hands first or use a good hand sanitiser.
Keep baby’s feet /head covered
Keep baby’s head or feet covered at all times. Any one would be fine (indoors). When taking the baby outside in cold, make sure you dress him up properly and cover his head, feet and hands too.
Try to take him out in the sun as much as possible because it is an excellent source of vitamin D and also helps to improve the immunity of the baby.
Invest in a good humidifier and keep it in baby’s room. This helps in keeping the room warm and moist. This moisture helps in reducing the dryness in the baby’s nasal mucosa. If the baby suffers from blocked nose, use saline water drops to helps clear his nasal passage. Consult his doctor if you hear any type of wheezing sound or is he develops fever.
How was your first winter with the baby?