Happy and Healthy Winter Babies


Even the smallest of gatherings can be challenging for new parents and their babies. How can you keep your little ones happy and healthy during the busy holiday season?


Dress Appropriately

Babies cannot regulate their body temperature, and they can’t tell you if they are too hot or too cold. Dress babies and children appropriately by adding an extra layer to whatever an adult would need to be comfortable in the cold weather.

Keep Germs at Bay

Well, at least you can try your best. Keep your baby away from people who are obviously sick and encourage older kids to stay away from people who have cold, flu or COVID symptoms. If you have a newborn or infant, reduce the risk of infection by limiting contact with other people. Wash your hands regularly and encourage anyone who comes in contact with your baby to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. Wash your baby’s hands, too. If your children are old enough to wash their own hands, teach them how.

Keep Kids Active

It’s important to keep kids active during the winter. Many recreation centers have indoor walking areas and exercise equipment in addition to indoor sports to sign up for. Looking for some ideas? Check some out here.

Protect Baby

The sun’s rays are not as strong in the winter as they are in the summer, but they can still cause sunburn.

Lather Up

The dry and cold air of winter leaves everyone’s skin dry and flaky, and a newborn’s skin is even more susceptible to the cold. You can see when their skin is becoming dry and patchy. Their face is most exposed, so expect their little cheeks may need some help. Rather than creams, try to find an ointment free of fragrance and other chemicals to serve as a barrier from the cold and dry air. Lather baby up wherever you find dry skin, and don’t be afraid to be generous with the lotion!

Remove Outer Layer for Car Travel

Remove your child’s bulky outer coat when placing them in their car seat. The coat can get compressed and become dangerous should you have a crash or experience a very quick stop as it can allow your infant to slip out of the harness and suffer injury. Instead, buckle them in and then add a blanket or put the coat over the baby’s legs for travel.

Set Boundaries
Say no to those activities that zap your energy and keep you from getting the rest you need. This may include opting out of a family gathering or even gently saying “no” to unsolicited parenting advice from well-meaning relatives.

Watch for Signs of Distress

Call your pediatrician if you notice any of the following:

  • Shivering
  • Lethargy
  • Non responsiveness
  • Blue lips or face
  • Hands and feet turning red


This truly is the most wonderful time of the year—especially when you get to celebrate with your new baby.  Be flexible with your plans keeping the needs of you and your baby at the forefront of all decision-making.

Happy Holidays!




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