How Cold is Too Cold for Baby?
If you are anything like me, then you are busy, on the go kind of mom. It has snowed 4 inches, but you still have errands to run, groceries to buy, and who says you can go without your morning coffee from the local coffee shop!? But it’s not as easy as “just throw on your coat and some boots to hit the door” you now have a bright-eyed, sweet little one to think about. They are counting on you to make sure they are not only fed and bathed, now they are relying on you to keep them warm. You are their source of comfort and reliance so we know the importance of always doing
what is best for them. So, you may ask yourself.. how cold is too cold to take this sweet little babe outside? I know I have things that need to be done, but can it wait until tomorrow? Or the next day?
How to Dress Your Baby for the Cold?
We’ve all heard the phrases “If you’re cold, they’re cold”, “dress them how you dress”, “If you’re hot then they’re hot”. While those may seem logical, they may not always be true. Well, let’s take a closer look at the validity of those comments and make sure we are doing what is best for our little babes!
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the younger the child, the smaller the ratio of body mass to the surface. Which essentially means, the smaller or younger your child is, the easier it is for heat to escape from their body. So, definitely take this into consideration when dressing your little one for the colder temperatures. While it may seem convenient to dress them how you are dressing, reality says that they do not have the same amount of body mass/body fat to be able to keep themselves warm as we do.
What about playing in the snow? You know those mornings when you have a fresh sheet of beautiful snow on the ground and a bouncing toddler just begging to go make a snowman! While there are plenty of options as far as hats, gloves, scarves, hoodies, thermals and so much more, we need to consider the actual temperature and not be blinded by the beautiful glistening snow outside. Just like babies toddlers are susceptible to hypothermia or frostbite when the temp or windchill is -15 degrees F, or colder. So be sure to do your homework before sending your little one outside. Check your weather APP, weather channel, or go feel for yourself. Making memories in the snow is always fun, just be sure that it is also safe!
Here are a few tips I have for those mamas that count on being able to get all the things done even if it is cold outside:
- If your baby is still in a pumpkin seat, I highly recommend a car seat cover that is weather resistant. Amazon is a great place to purchase these, as they have a wide selection of brands and choices. JJ Cole Car Seat cover on Amazon is $29.95 with an almost 5-star rating. It has a soft blanket feel with a warm fleece lining on the inside. These also have the universal elastic design to make it easy to slip right over top of any car seat, and it also has a removable top to be able to pull down once you are back inside where it is warm. These are very durable and guaranteed to keep your little one safe from the harsh, cold weather.
- LAYERS LAYERS LAYERS! This is so important for them. Layers help their bodies trap the heat to keep them warm. Do sweats under a pair of jeans, long sleeve under a hoodie then under a coat, gloves, hats, and scarves. The whole nine yards. Just be sure to take that big bulky coat off in the car, so it is safe for them in the car seat, oh, and the scarf too!
- Do as much from home as you can. If you have things you need to take to the Post Office, schedule a pickup! Go to USPS.com and you can schedule for your packages to be picked up during their normal mail route. If its small enough to fit in your mailbox, shove as much as you can in there and just throw up that little red flag! Groceries.. order online! If you have a Kroger near you it is so easy to get on Kroger.com and fly through their online store to get all the things you need. Once you schedule a time to pick up, all you have to do is load the littles in the car and get to the storefront. After that is easy as cake, the workers load your groceries in the car for you. The real struggle is getting the groceries inside.. as usual! Another option is to try Amazon Fresh, which now offers unlimited grocery delivery for $14.99/month! I mean you can’t beat that.
You’re doing Great Mama
Sometimes we need to remember that while life seems overwhelming and a constant whirlwind of lists and tasks, it is okay to slow down, take a break and enjoy a day inside the comfort of your warm home. Don’t get caught up in the busyness of life and forget to make the safety and health of your baby the most important thing.
At the end of the day, I believe one hundred percent in a mothers intuition. I think it is easy to get caught up in others opinions or thoughts about how you are doing raising these tiny humans. Mothers nowadays are so watched, so judged, and so ridiculed for any move they make it is hard to make any moves! That is why I always say you know what is best, you know your child better than anyone else in their lives. You know when it’s too cold, and if you are worried about whether it is too cold, then I am certain you are the type of mom that would never put your child at risk just to run a few errands. Stick with your instincts, I promise it will take you further than worrying about what people will think about you.