Confused about how to find the balance between keeping your little ones warm and dry, yet not over-bundled or overheated? Stop stressing and enjoy this season's crisp winter air with these 10 easy tips:
1. Check in with your child. Like their moms and dads, all little boys and girls are different, so it's important to check in with your baby. They can't tell you if they're hot or cold, so feel their skin, notice the coloring of their cheeks and consider their temperament.
2. Use your instincts. What are you wearing? Consider how you might dress for the weather and add one extra layer for your little one if he or she is less than six months old.
3. Add layers. Do you wear the same outfit when you're walking outside as when you're sitting in a heated car? Make sure you adjust your baby's layers accordingly as well.
4. Put on a hat. In cold weather, it's important to cover your child's head and ears to keep heat from escaping your baby's body.
5. Cover their little piggies. When the temperatures dip, add mittens and warm shoes or socks to cover vulnerable extremities. Consider opting for a one-piece suit with feet if baby's socks keep slipping off.
6. Pack a blanket. This is a simple way to add or take away some extra warmth when going from place to place with your baby.
7. Waterproof gear. If it's raining or snowing, add a waterproof layer to keep your little one dry.
8. Bring a change of clothes. No one wants to be wet in the winter, whether from bathroom accidents to snow or sweat. It's important to have extra outfits (and diapers) on hand.
9. Cuddle. By keeping your baby close to you in a sling or other carrier, you'll be able to share body heat and use fewer layers.
10. Keep indoor temperatures comfortable. Setting your heat at a comfortable temperature of between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit should do the trick.
Bottom line: Use common sense and check in with your baby. Don't stay cooped up inside this winter—get outside and enjoy the fresh air!