Winter can be a magical time: a blanket of snow transforms once barren landscapes, while a layer of frost makes leaves and branches sparkle. But in the cold climes of Canada, sharing that magic with your baby can be tricky. While their eyes enjoy the shimmering scenes, their little noses and toes may not appreciate the nip in the air.
To help prepare your baby for the wintry weather ahead, Disney Baby has put together five tips for keeping your little one warm, all winter long.
TIP #1: Appropriate attire
While it may seem like a good idea to turn your little one into a snow-suited marshmallow, be careful not to overdo it – you don’t want baby to overheat! A good rule of thumb is to dress children less than a year old in the same number of layers you’re wearing, plus one more.
Tip #2: Easy on, easy off
Opting for a cozy jumpsuit, like this fleecy Winnie the Pooh number, makes layering an easy task. Simply slip these one piece wonders over baby’s outfit as you’re leaving the house. With built-in booties and mittens, a snuggly suit will ensure your little one is ready to face even the chilliest of days.
Tip #3: Collect cute caps
Heat escapes through the top of the body, so always make sure your little one’s head is covered. For warmth and style, try these adorable cap, mitt and bootie sets – they’re perfect for tiny noggins!
TIP #4: Take brrr-eaks
Babies need fresh air, even in winter, and it’s perfectly fine to take your little one outside when it’s chilly. But it’s important not to keep baby out in the cold too long. Look out for fussiness or other signs of discomfort and if you see them, head inside for a cuddle!
TIP #5: Create a cozy crib
Your baby can get chilly, even inside, and many moms worry about keeping little ones warm while they’re asleep. Step one is to create a snug environment. Try using a flannel fitted sheet in your crib and a cozy footed sleeper to keep your little one toasty from tip to toe. For really tiny tots, swaddling is a great option – just make sure you don’t use too many layers!
We even use a fleece Winnie the Pooh Sleeping Bag with Ava so that I know she is safe in her crib but still warm and cozy all night long!
When it comes to winter walks with the stroller, I always make sure to use the plastic rain cover for the stroller to help shield her from cool winter winds without creating a wind tunnel the way stroller canopies alone sometimes can cause. A nice snugly blanket tucked around baby completes the gear in conjunction with Disney’s tips and baby will be much more happy and warm.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!