How to dress baby at night for a good sleep?
As soon as the cooler days arrive, dressing your child can become a real headache. How should you dress your child so that he doesn't catch a cold? What clothes should you buy?
How to dress baby for an outdoor winter walk?
Taking your baby for a walk in winter is totally possible, it is even recommended. Your little one needs to get some fresh air and be in contact with natural light. It is recommended that you take your baby for a walk every day.
You can start with a short outing of about 15 to 20 minutes if the temperatures are really cold. Then, you can progressively make longer outings forone-hour walks. Of course, if the weather is really cold, adjust your outings.
Also, listen to your baby: if you notice that he's grumpy, has a cold, in short, that he's not in good shape, skip the walk.
To take your baby for a walk in his stroller, you need to cover him properly. You must dress your child according to the outside temperature (by referring to your feelings), keeping in mind that a baby suffers more from the cold than you do and that he has no way to warm up.
It is very important to cover the extremities of the body such as hands, feet and head. To do this, put on your child a hat, mittens and booties. It is also recommended that you layer your child to prevent him/her from getting cold, for example by adding a blanket.
Carrying your baby in a sling or wrap
When you carry your baby in a baby carrier or a sling, he will be able to enjoy the warmth of your body. But, when it's cold, you'll need to provide him with an adapted outfit to keep him warm.
We recommend tights (under the pants) and wool vests rather than the pilot suit which will hinder your baby's movements and will not allow him to be in a physiological position. You can also opt for a carrying blanket (it allows to warm your baby by maintaining a constant heat thanks to the system of fixation on the baby carrier).
Car or public transport journeys
In the car, remember to always remove your baby's coat before putting him in his car seat.
Why remove his coat? If you leave your baby's coat on, it won't be properly secured in case of an accident.
To keep your baby warm during the ride, we recommend putting a blanket on him or her, a hat or a neck wrap. You can also put his coat back on over the harnesses (upside down).
How to dress baby indoors in winter?
Indoor temperatures are unsurprisingly much warmer than outdoor temperatures in winter.
Nevertheless, it is important to keep your baby warm anddress him with winter clothes (as you would naturally do for yourself). During the day, you can put on his bodysuit, pants, vest or sweatshirt, socks and little indoor slippers.
At nap time, you can dress him in warm fleece pajamas to put over his long-sleeved onesie. You can then put him in his sleeping bag.
As a reminder, the ideal temperature for a baby's room is around 18 degrees.
What are the essential winter clothes for baby?
To cover your baby properly, several items of clothing are essential:
- The cap: The extremities of the body are where a lot of heat is lost, even more so in babies. It is therefore very important to keep your baby warm with a cap that will protect his skull and ears;
- Gloves : always to keep your baby's extremities warm;
- The long-sleeved bodysuit: this is an essential piece for your baby. Whether indoors or outdoors, the bodysuit will protect your baby's skin and keep it warm;
- The pilot suit: during the first months of your baby's life, it allows you to cover him completely, even his head and the extremities of his body. If you live in a region where it is particularly cold, we recommend that you choose one with a fleece or sherpa lining.
What about the layer in winter?
No need for specific layers in winter! The only thing to remember is to change your baby regularly (as soon as he has a bowel movement and at each feeding) even if it takes you longer to undress him because of the many layers of clothing he is wearing.
The best solution for your child is to wear a training pants. Much lighter than a regular diaper, they help contain leaks with their absorbent fabric. By buying several training pants, you also save money because they are machine washable.
The FAQ for dressing your baby in winter
How to dress your baby when it's 0 degrees outside?
The typical outfit when it's zero degrees is a first layer consisting of a bodysuit and long johns. The second layer consists of pants and a sweater (both thick enough), a scarf and a hat. For the third and final layer, add mittens, a down jacket and winter boots.
How do I know if my baby is not warm enough?
To know if your baby is cold, you need to observe him. If he's raining, fussing or fussing, he's probably cold or too warm. If he's sweating from the back of his neck and his ears are red, he's too hot. Keep in mind that the extremities of the body (hands, feet) do not reflect your child's true body temperature.