After the humid months of monsoon, it’s now time to welcome the winters. Every season requires its share of prerequisites and preparations and especially so if you have a baby. This would be my baby’s second season and with a few handy tips and skin care routine I am sure, I am ready for the snug and cosy winters.
Baby’s skin is delicate and hence more likely to dry out during the winters. Babies also have a tendency to catch a cold more easily. Here are few tips to keep your baby healthy and comfortable this winter.
Bathing routine – Give your baby a bath with lukewarm water. Using hot water for bathing tends to dry out the baby’s skin and is extremely uncomfortable for her. Pour the water on your elbow to check the temperature, before you use it on your baby. Avoid using a soap everyday. You can use a gentle baby cleanser or soap on alternate days.
Baby lotion – Use a gentle baby lotion on your baby’s body after a bath. You can also try Himalaya Baby Cream if your baby’s skin is extremely dry.
Baby Oil – Give your baby a massage with olive oil or coconut oil before a bath to add extra moisture to your baby delicate skin.
Protection from cold
Warm clothing – You can make your baby wear a few thin layer of clothing to protect from cold. Make sure you do not over do the layers to make the baby uncomfortable. Always make your baby wear a cotton vest before the layer of woollen clothing. Full sleeves and and full length pants will not only protect your baby’s skin from cold but will also protect it from dryness caused due to dust and pollutants. Choose caps, socks, mittens depending upon the temperature. The most comfortable pair of clothing in winters I use for my baby is stockings, it adds a warm layer to the lower half of the body and covers the feet as well.
Hands and feet – If your child has begun to crawl cover his hands with mittens and feet with socks if the flooring of your house is cold. For toddlers who walk anti-skid socks would be a good alternative.
If you are heading outdoors with your baby, don’t forget to carry and extra blanket or wrap for your baby.
If your baby is above six months of age, make sure you make her drink water at regular intervals to keep her body hydrated. Your toddler may not demand water as often, but you must offer a few sips every now and then. You may offer warm water to your baby during the winters.
Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables are sure to keep your baby healthy this season. If your baby is above six months of age offer different fresh veggies and winter fruits loaded with vitamins and minerals. Dry fruits and nuts also help build immunity and keep the body warm.
Treat cold and cough at home
Common cold and cough in babies are unavoidable during the winters. Don’t panic at the first sneeze, try a few home remedies to cure the cold before it makes the baby uncomfortable.
For sore throat – Grate a piece of ginger to extract half a teaspoon of ginger juice, add a few drops of honey (honey is given after one year of age).
For cold – keep your baby warm, apply Vicks vapor up on the baby’s feet and cover them with socks. Read tried and tested home remedies for cough and cold here.
Winters are so cosy and don’t miss out on the joy of cuddling with your baby in a warm blanket.