Carrying in winter
How to carry your baby safely through the cold season
Newborn babies are not yet able to regulate their body temperature well and keep warm by themselves. Carrying them close to the parent’s body in a sling or baby carrier supports them in maintaining a stable body heat.. Nothing can stop you now! Go for that walk through the winter wonderland even in frosty temperatures, save in the knowledge that your baby is warm and protected.
Tips for your winter baby
In sub-zero (°C) temperatures, it is better to carry your child directly on your body in a sling or baby carrier. Babies cool down more quickly in a pram or baby car seat - and this is usually unnoticed. Carried on the body, your baby benefits from your body heat.
The child is worn under your jacket! Alternatively, a cover or jacket insert can be used. It is important that you do not overdress your child so that he or she does not overheat. Remember that the carrier or sling counts as one layer of clothing. It is best to check the temperature of your child's neck. If it is sweaty, your child is too warm. If it is cool, add another layer of clothing.
Most of the heat is lost via the head, so be sure to put on a hat. Ideally, the legs should also be protected from the cold with additional clothing. Our baby leg warmers are perfect for this. They warm the baby's delicate skin, but do not restrict the baby's squatting and spreading position.
If the skin colour is blueish marbled or paler than usual, your child is too cold. In very cold temperatures and also depending on the individual temperature sensivity of the child, another layer of clothing may be advisable. Our overalls are particularly suitable for this purpose. The extra-long cut of the trouser legs means that they go over the ankles even in the squat-spread position, keeping the legs nice and warm. The sleeves are also extra long so that the turn-up cuffs reach over the fingers. The hands can thus be protected from the cold with a flick of the wrist.
The child's nose must always be exposed to ensure an unobstructed supply of oxygen! No fabrics, scarves, hoods or anything else may cover the airways! The child's face can be protected from drying out in icy temperatures with a weather cream that is particularly greasy.
Older children can be worn on top of the jacket, but they should be dressed according to temperature. As they do not move, they cool down more quickly, so an extra layer of clothing is advisable. However, even older children like to be carried snuggled up directly against your body under the jacket.
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