Even with a wardrobe of mostly onesies and diapers, dressing a newborn can be nerve wrecking. On the one hand, you want to make sure they're warm enough for when temperatures take a frigid dip. But you also want to make sure they're not overheated. Both scenarios carry very serious medical risks that you'll want to avoid. Thankfully there is a general rule that will help you decide how to layer your baby without overheating them.
According to What To Expect, your baby should be wearing the same number layers of clothes, plus one. Often the plus one layer can be a blanket, snowsuit, or stroller weather cover. The same site warned that you have to be careful to not overdo it especially if you're at home, out at a restaurant or the mall, or in a warm car. Babies that have too many layers on (in the form of clothes or blankets) are at risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The best way to gauge whether or not a baby is overdressed or not is by touching a baby's toes, Mark Windome, professor of pediatrics at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine told CNN. If the toes are a little cool, but not cold and the baby's belly is warm the baby is dressed warmly enough. But if the belly and the toes are both warm, the baby could be overdressed.
My first child was born in January and I often went back and forth trying to nail down the perfect combination of clothes for inside the house, outside stroller walks, playing in the snow, and traveling in a car. The obvious issue with all of these different environments is that one way of dressing a baby does not fit all indoor and outdoor conditions. Here are six tips for dressing your baby for the different indoor and outdoor activities they'll encounter in the winter.