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It's getting colder. Being outside is very beneficial for babies. But do you know how to dress them appropriately? We wanted to share an article, which should help answer some questions, found on www.parents.com.
"Dressing Your Baby for Winter
By Renee Sagiv Riebling from Parents Magazine
Don't worry about cold weather -- we've got tips for keeping your infant cozy and warm. Whether you're playing outside, driving in the car, or staying indoors, these wardrobe tips will help you keep your baby comfortable this winter.
When Kathryn Pratt, of Falmouth, Maine, gave birth to her third child, Brendan, last January, she thought she knew a thing or two about babies. But when she was discharged from the hospital, the nurse said that her car seat, which Pratt had used to take her first two children home from the hospital, was unsafe because it had an attachable sleeping bag -- and she wouldn't let Pratt put her newborn in it. Pratt had in fact used the snuggly car-seat liner with both her older kids because she had never heard that it wasn't recommended. "The whole experience made me afraid to take Brendan outside until April," Pratt laments. Although dressing your baby for winter weather can seem like a daunting task, these expert tips will keep your little bundle safe and warm both indoors and out.
In the Car
Bulky coats, bunting, and sleeping bags (or "cozies") that attach to the bottom and inside back of the car seat are now considered big no-nos, because they can compress in a crash, increasing a baby's risk of injury. However, the good news is that the American Academy of Pediatrics considers these products to be unnecessary anyway. Instead, dress your baby in thin layers and tuck a blanket around her after she's buckled in. On very cold days, try a long-sleeved one-piece under a one-piece footed fleece outfit, suggests Carole Kramer-Arsenault, R.N., founder of Boston Baby Nurse and author of The Baby Nurse Bible. Depending on the weather, you can add a cotton sweater. Use thick or multiple blankets if you're transporting her to the car in her seat and have to walk a few blocks. You can also use her coat instead of a blanket, but put her arms into it backwards, after she's buckled in. Once the car heats up, remove the blanket or coat if your baby seems warm.
On a Walk
Fresh air is important for your baby, even when the weather is chilly. As long as he was born full term, is at least 3 weeks old, and weighs 12 pounds, taking a 15- to 30-minute walk when it's 25°F or higher can do wonders for you both, says Kramer-Arsenault. (If your baby was preterm or has a medical condition, consult your pediatrician first.) Since babies lose heat more rapidly than adults do, experts agree that a good rule of thumb is to dress your child in one more layer than you would wear in the same conditions. So if you're going out in a long-sleeved T-shirt and a winter jacket, add a sweater to your baby's long-sleeved outfit, plus a bunting or a coat. Top it off with mittens, a snug-fitting hat, and warm boots if the bunting doesn't cover his feet. An attachable sleeping bag is fine for a walk in a stroller, but, again, do not use it during a car ride. Adding a stroller windscreen will help protect your baby's delicate skin from windburn, but avoid walks if the wind is biting.
You'll know your baby has had enough if his eyes tear and he becomes fussy or cries. Also watch for signs of hypothermia, such as blue lips, shivering, or an unusually pale appearance to the nose or ears -- and cut your outing short so that you can get somewhere warm quickly, suggests David Hill, M.D., a pediatrician in Wilmington, North Carolina, and author of Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro.
Playing in the Snow
Outfitting a kid of any age for snow play can be a hassle, but don't let that prevent your little explorer from experiencing one of winter's greatest pleasures. By 6 months, even before she can walk, she will probably be excited by snow's novel texture, says Dr. Hill. The rules for dress should be the same as for any cold weather, but with a bigger emphasis on staying dry. A waterproof snowsuit with attached feet -- or a snow jacket and waterproof pants and boots -- are a must, says Dr. Hill. Don't forget a hat and waterproof mittens, though you can take them off momentarily to allow your baby to feel the snow with her bare hands. Of course, you'll need to be ready to dry and warm them quickly afterward. Also add sunscreen and sunglasses to your list, since the sun's rays reflect off snow. There is no set limit on the amount of time she can play, says Dr. Hill, so use your best judgment and take her inside at the first sign of discomfort.
You may be tempted to bundle your baby up even when you're inside, but don't go overboard. "The ideal temperature is between 68° and 72°F, and the one-more-layer rule of thumb applies indoors
too -- so if you're comfortable in two layers, your baby needs three," says Kramer-Arsenault. A good way to check to see if he's too hot or cold is to put a hand on his tummy or back, which should be warm but not sweaty. Keeping your baby from becoming too warm is especially important when he's sleeping, since overheating can contribute to SIDS. At bedtime, zip him into a sleep sack (or a receiving blanket that is carefully swaddled and stays below his armpits) instead of using a blanket, which also increases the risk of SIDS. Sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks, and rapid breathing are all signs of overheating, so if you observe them, remove a layer of clothing. But there's no need to go crazy checking on him every five minutes. If he's sleeping soundly, his crib is clear of loose bedding, and the temperature is set to the appropriate range, he's probably just right."
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Sharing these helpful parenting tips from www.parents.com.
"While these gestures may seem trivial to adults, they go a long way with your little ones. Here are a few easy tricks to make your child smile.
By Margery D. Rosen from Parents Magazine
30 Little Things That Mean a Lot to Kids
1. Wear that macaroni necklace to work. Well, at least until you're safely out the door.
2. Tape a family mantra or slogan (Unstoppable! We can, we will! We've got this!) to your refrigerator door and invoke it whenever your child feels discouraged.
3. Go for a walk with just one child.
4. Slip a note (and an occasional piece of chocolate) into her lunch box.
5. Build your own Minecraft world alongside his.
6. Say "yes" to something usually off-limits, like sitting on the counter.
7. Show as much enthusiasm on amusement-park rides as they do.
8. If you quarrel in front of your child, make sure that he also sees you make up.
9. When her room looks like a tsunami swept through it, close the door and get on with your day.
10. Skype or do FaceTime with Grandma every now and then.
11. If your child has given it a good try, but he's still miserable and anxious and really, truly wants to quit the team, give him your blessing.
12. Go ahead: Let your 4-year-old stomp in every puddle along the way. Even without rain boots.
13. Get out the glitter glue and make a birthday card for your child.
14. Take in a pet that needs a home—and a child's love.
15. Give your toddler a chance to fight his own battles in the sandbox or on the playground before you intervene.
16. Hold off with the barrage of how-was-your-day questions if your child comes home from school grumpy and tired. You can always get the rundown at the dinner table.
17. Cultivate your own rituals and traditions: Taco Tuesdays, Sunday-afternoon bike ride, apple picking every fall.
18. Ask your kid to teach you how to do something for a change. And once you get the hang of it, be sure to tell him what a good teacher he is.
19. Let your child wear her dress-up clothes to the supermarket. All month if she wants to.
20. Let your child overhear you saying something wonderful about her.
21. Stay up late to see the full moon. There's one on October 27.
22. Print their childhood photos so they have something physical to look at one day.
23. Don't be in a hurry to tell your kid to let it go. He needs to vent too.
24. Cook heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast.
25. Crank up the music in the middle of homework and have a dance party.
26. Make a secret family handshake.
27. Hang a whiteboard in her room to leave messages for each other.
28. Start a pillow fight.
29. Share your old diaries, photos, and letters from when you were her age.
30. Thank your child when he does a chore on his own—even if it's just hanging up a wet towel without prompting or refilling the empty water pitcher."
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Cold weather is upon us. How should our kids be dressed in cold weather for the optimum warmth and enjoyment? We found this helpful article on www.kindercare.com and really wanted to share. Enjoy the weather and stay warm :)!
"Winter Rules: The Art of Dressing Your Kids for the Cold
Written by KinderCare
Younger children are more susceptible to cold for a simple reason: Their smaller bodies lose heat rapidly. Younger children also are less likely to actually realize they’re getting cold, which means the job of keeping them warm (and knowing the signs it’s time to go inside) falls to parents.
Here’s how to make sure your kids are not too hot, not too cold, but just right—which is especially important during cold weather.
Winter Rule #1: Even for babies, layering is the way to go.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this rule of thumb for winter weather dressing: Put babies and children in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. That’s because pockets of air between clothing layers actually help trap heat. Layering also allows kids to remove a jacket or sweater, instead of choosing between being overheated or freezing. (In other words, don’t just throw on a parka over those PJs!)
Winter Rule #2: But not too many layers…
See the rule of thumb above. Layering your child with too much outerwear can actually make them colder. That’s because excess layers can cause your child to sweat, which makes their clothes wet, which allows the cold and wind to bring their temperature down.
Winter Rule #3: Learn layering 101.
There are three basic layers you should know—and materials that are good for each. While it can seem overwhelming if you’re not, say, an alpine climber, it’s not as difficult as it seems. Here are the basics you need to know:
1. Base layers (the layer right next to your child’s skin)
What it does: wicks moisture
Materials to look for: wool or synthetic fabric such as polyester
The right fit: snug
2. Middle layers (goes over the base layer)
What it does: insulates
Materials to look for: wool, down, or fleece
The right fit: close to body without restraining movement
3. Outer layer (the outermost layer)
What it does: protects your child from rain, snow, and wind
Materials to look for: a waterproof jacket or shell; outerwear that’s also breathable (such as those made from Gore-Tex) are key if your child will be physically active
The right fit: allows easy movement and has plenty of room for layers
Winter Rule #4: Nix the cotton.
You know that jeans and cotton pants absorb rain and snow, but even in cold, dry conditions, cotton absorbs sweat. And wet cotton + cold weather=very cold kids. If it’s cold out, it’s best to avoid cotton altogether.
Winter Rule #5: Fingers, toes, and faces need extra TLC.
According to kidshealth.org, your child’s head, face, ears, hands, and feet are most prone to cold exposure and frostbite, so keep your eye on these extremities. Heavy, non-cotton socks, waterproof boots, waterproof gloves, a scarf, and a hat all are key to keeping everyone truly warm on cold days. For very cold weather, earmuffs and facemasks add extra protection.
Winter Rule #6: Make sure clothes (still) fit.
As tempting as it is to squeeze those tootsies into last year’s bootsies, feet need room to wiggle. Shoes and jackets that are too tight can limit circulation, contributing to cold limbs.
Winter Rule #7: Pack a dry bag.
You know that it’s always good to have extra clothes on hand for kids. In the winter, extra clothes are essential. One jubilant splash in a puddle or one wet (or lost) mitten and not only could your day of fun be done, but you could set your kids up for a case of frost nip. Pack a cold-clothes emergency kit with extra gloves, socks, pants, and shirt.
Winter Rule #8: Know when to head inside.
Frostbite starts as a frost nip—red and tingly skin that has been exposed to cold air or snow. If you notice frost nip on cheeks, fingers or anywhere—or if your child’s teeth start to chatter—it’s definitely time to head for a warm place.
Winter Rule#9: Always have cocoa in your pantry.
Okay, it’s not really a rule. But does anything taste better than a cup of hot chocolate after a jaunt in the cold?"
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