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Keep Your Baby Cozy — Both Inside and Outside the House — All Winter Long


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Cold weather can be difficult to deal with when you have a baby. Whether you're inside the house or outside in the elements, you want to be sure that your baby is cozy but not overheated. Here are some simple baby clothing products you can use to keep your baby warm and content, no matter where you go this winter season.

When You're Hanging Out at Home

Chances are, you'll fight with yourself over the temperature at which to set the thermostat. You want the baby to be warm, but you don't want to sweat all day either. Here's the good news: babies really only need one more layer of clothing than adults do. So when you're hanging out at home for the day, just throw a lightweight sweatshirt or cardigan over the baby for a little extra warmth and forget about cranking up the thermostat. To keep toes warm, I recommend a simple pair of soft-soled baby shoes like Robeez or slippers like those from UGG.

For nap or bedtime, I recommend using a fleece sleep sack like this one from Halo. This will keep your baby plenty warm without extra layers or blankets, which can ultimately increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Unsure of how to purchase the proper sleep sack? Check out this video that shows you how to select the proper sleep sack for your baby.

When You Head Out for the Day

Dress in layers! Create a base layer with a thermal-regulating bamboo bodysuit and top it with several thin layers. This is particularly important if you'll be riding in the car because a bulky coat is not safe to wear in a baby carseat.

Don't forget a hat and mittens for your day out as well. Typically mittens that are connected by a string work best for babies because, even if they can get them off, they can't lose them somewhere in the back seat. If you want to make sure your baby doesn't take of their mittens, you can always use a pair of socks in place of traditional mittens.

Whenever you head out in the car, be sure you have an emergency baby clothes kit with you in the event you have a roadside breakdown. Nothing fancy, this kit is something you can put together yourself and store in a simple travel bag. To transport the baby from the house to the car or the car to your final destination, just wrap him in a blanket. This will keep him just as warm as if he were wearing a bulky jacket — plus it gives you an excuse to get in a few extra cuddles!

If you plan to spend a significant amount of time out in the winter elements, it's a good idea to invest in a baby bunting for your car seat or stroller as well as a pair of baby sunglasses. Baby sunglasses might seem like an odd choice for wintertime adventures, but it's actually more important that your baby wears sunglasses in the winter than in the summer; the reflection of the suns rays off the snow creates a stronger glare and is more harmful for your baby's eyes. Be sure to purchase a pair of baby sunglasses that provides the ultimate in protection. Above all else, don't forget the sunscreen!

Keeping your baby warm in the winter isn't hard; with a few simple wardrobe adjustments, you can easily keep him happy all day long.

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