For young toddlers who are just starting to walk, one of the main winter necessities is a pare of Winter Kids Loafers and maybe a winter boot. This will help protect their tiny little feed from the cold while also aiding foot development and providing support. Besides protecting a toddler feet in the winter, there are other extra steps and precautions that parents must take for child care in the winter. One of those is bath time in the winter and we’ll discuss that extensively below
The Rules to Caring for a
Baby During the Winter
Reduce Bathtime Frequency
In the winter months, parents should not bath their kids too frequently or as frequently as in the summer month. For infants, bath time helps their body temperature so you can see how too much fo this is not a good idea in the winter. Also, too much bathing will rip the oils form a baby’s skin and cause dryness. If your baby has naturally dry skin, you need to be wary of this. It’s ok to bath a baby two or three times a week during the winter. Keep in mind all they do all day is sleep and eat so their bodies do not get really dirty anyway. If your baby needs frequent baths to help them calm down, make sure you massage their body with baby oils and keep them warm after each bath.
Don’t go out too Often
Yes, in the winter you shouldn’t go out too often and that seems obvious but it’s worth mentioning over and over again for parents with newborns and small infants. It is wise to stay indoors with a newborn for at least a few months or till after the worst of the winter has passed. In the winter a baby is more susceptible to infections and flu-like symptoms than adults because their immune system is still weak and not fully developed. Staying indoors keeps the baby safe from all the germs that would be flying around in the winter months (which are significantly higher than other months). It also protects the baby from extreme cold and unexpected drops in temperature that happens in the winter.
Avoid Crowded Areas
And if you have to go out with your baby, avoid going to crowded areas as they are a cesspool of germs and diseases. Babies are more likely to catch a cold from an adult and it might be worse off for them because of their fragile bodies and immune systems. If you must go out, go to areas with fresh air like the parks or lakefront and just avoid crowded areas in general. If you have to go to areas like the mall or a grocery store, try to go during downtimes when there are not a lot of people around.
Establish Visitation Rules for Guests
I mean, what’s the point of staying indoors with your baby to avoid catching diseases if any adult can just walk into your house and bring the diseases with them? When you have a baby, you will have lots of visitors and lots of family and friends would want to see and even carry your baby. This is particularly a risk for babies born in the winter months. When a person visits, make sure they don’t have any cold-like symptoms or any other communicable diseases. Have them wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before holding the baby.
Get a Humidifier
Winter means dry air and dry air means dried skin for the baby and even for you. Since you are going to be indoors a lot, it’s a good idea to get a humidifier for the home or for the baby’s room. This will help prevent the baby from having dried and cracked skin. Dry skin caused by the lack of moisture in the air can lead the baby to be more susceptible to infections. A modifier helps put moisture in the air and keep it fresh. There are several option and price ranges when it comes to humidifiers. You can get a small one or a large one depending on your specific needs and preferences. There are lots of inexpensive options.
Get Your Child Vaccinated
Get your child vaccinated with all the necessary vaccines and any that would help the child stay healthy particularly in the winter. There is some controversy on vaccination and it is quite laughable as there is no science to show that the lack of vaccination is better than vaccination. While people try to figure this out, it’s best to go with proven science and get your child vaccinated to protect them from diseases like polio, whooping cough, chicken pox, measles. Also, parents and any adults that live with the baby should check to see if they can get vaccinated as well for any disease that can be transferred to the baby.