Crib Do’s And Don’ts
When picking out a crib for your infant, always choose a Children’s Product Certified crib to ensure quality and safety. You’ll want one that is sturdy and has a firm surface for your infant to sleep on. Make sure that the bars along the side of the crib, if there are any, are not so far apart that your baby could get an arm or leg stuck in between them.
When choosing where to place the crib, side with a spot away from drafty windows and heating and air vents. While you want the room to be ventilated, you don’t want your baby in the direct line of the draft. In addition, windows often have long, dangling cords from the blinds, so you’ll want to make sure your baby’s crib is at a safe distance from any chords or other dangling objects to avoid any injuries or mishaps!
Do you ever see little babies out in the blustery, wintry weather and have the urge to cuddle and bundle them to warm bliss? Whether you’re preparing your baby to be out in the cold or ready for bedtime, babies don’t actually need any more extra bundling than we do. In fact, bedding or clothing that is too cushioned can pose risks to your precious baby’s health, such as overheating or, in extreme cases, suffocation.
Night-Time Fashion Wear
Rather than bundling your infant in a soft, squishy outfit or blanket, footie pajamas with a skullcap is quite enough to keep your little dear cozy through the night. If your baby needs more warmth, try adding another layer of clothing or swaddling them in a sleep sack. Layers can conveniently be added and removed as needed, unlike thicker outfits. Additionally, snug-fitting pajamas and sleep sacks don’t pose a risk of becoming tangled.
But How Do I Know My Baby Is Warm Enough?
Gently feel your baby’s cheeks, legs and arms. Do they feel slightly cool to the touch? Take a look at your baby’s skin. Is it as pristine as always, or does it look a little blotchy? If so, try adding another layer of clothing, and make sure your baby’s head and feet are covered.
When examining your infant, however, if you discover that they feel a little moist, it might be time to remove some layers. Your baby will begin to sweat if they become too warm. Removing some of their clothing and exposing their skin to fresh air can help comfort them and cool them down.
Additional Heat Sources to Keep Your Baby Warm
A good room temperature for an infant’s room is around or just over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If your baby’s room is significantly colder than this, it’s likely that no amount of swaddling will keep your baby comfortable. External sources of heat such as hot water bottles, heating pads and space heaters are some ways that you can warm the area surrounding your little one.
Remember to only use heating pads and hot water bottles to warm your child’s bed before putting them to sleep. Always remove them before putting your baby into the crib. Also, take extra caution when picking out a space heater for your baby’s room, as you’ll want one that does not pose a risk of starting a fire. Keep in mind that space heaters can also be hazardous for children that have learned to crawl out of their crib!
Visit Georgia Baby and Kids This Winter
Located in Norcross, Georgia Baby and Kids is here for you and your baby this winter season. Stop by and take a look at the largest selection of children’s furniture in the region, and let us help you find just what you need to keep your baby warm this season.