The idea of taking your newborn baby outside in winter if you live in colder areas of Australia can be a little nerve-wracking.However, if you make the proper preparations and take the necessary precautions, it will be completely fine. This is especially the case when dressing your little one in our organic baby clothes, as you can be assured that your baby will be cosy and comfy!
How you dress your newborn baby for their first winter will differ depending on what kind of activities you'll be doing with them. Where you are taking them and what you're going to be doing will be the biggest deciding factors in this. What you opt to dress your newborn in during the winter will change if you're staying indoors, going for a ride in the car or for walk outside.
Dressing your newborn baby for winter indoors
The general rule for dressing a newborn baby is that they will need one more layer than an adult would be comfortable in. This still applies when you are indoors. So, assuming that the temperature at home is set fair and you feel warm enough in a t-shirt and jumper, your baby will likely need three layers. An undershirt and a shirt or l/s onesie, covered by a baby jumpsuit for indoor play should do the trick!
On the other hand, be careful not to overdress your baby while indoors, as overheating can be problematic and uncomfortable for them. You may be inclined to check their temperature by feeling their hands. But hands and feet usually feel slightly cooler than the rest of the body. The best way to check if your baby is too hot is by feeling their belly, as it is closer to their core and will give a more reliable indication of their overall body temperature.
Dressing your newborn baby for a car ride
Correctly dressing to go in the car can be a bit tricky, as cars can be very cold at first in winter, but quickly heat up. The best thing to do in this case is to dress your newborn in layers of our organic baby clothes. If you're heading to the car from indoors, the best idea is to keep your newborn dressed as they were at home, buckle them in and then tuck a blanket around them over the seat belt. This way, as the car heats up, you can remove the blanket so that your baby doesn't overheat.
If the car is exceptionally cold when you first get in, you might also be tempted to wrap your newborn up with a hat.
If so, just make sure that you can easily remove these items once it gets warmer inside the car. During the journey, make sure to keep an eye on your newborn for signs of overheating. Just in case they get warm quicker than you expect. These can include sweating, flushed cheeks and rapid breathing.
Dressing your newborn baby for a walk outside
Going outside for a walk in the pram to get fresh air is important for both you and your newborn baby, even if it's cold outside. As long as there isn't excessive wind, it's a nice sunny, winter day, and your baby is at least three weeks old, going out in low temperatures is perfectly fine. As long as you dress appropriately. Indeed, in many places in Scandinavia, it's common practice for parents to leave their babies outside in winter to nap!
Again, follow the advice of adding one more layer to your newborn than you yourself feel you need to wear, and consider a baby pram suit as a base layer, adding a jumper, tights and a jacket.
Gloves and a hat can also be a good idea in this case, and you may also wish to consider adding a windscreen to the pram if it doesn't already have one to avoid windburn.
As long as you wrap them up in enough layers and keep an eye on them for overheating, dressing your newborn baby for winter is easy, especially with Sense Organics' extensive range of soft, warm organic baby clothes to choose from!