Baby, it’s cold outside!

Winter baby and fatherOnce, a long, long time ago, I was naïve enough to think I could actually plan when my kids would be born. I had always thought I’d prefer to have a baby during the springtime. What a lovely, mild time of year, so far away from the next winter.  I most definitely did not want them born around the winter holidays – it’s stressful enough at that time of year, not to mention freezing cold outside for the next three months! Ha.

My Pumpkin was born during the holidays a few years ago. We considered her our holiday miracle. And we got busy figuring out how to survive the cold dreary days with a new baby.

I hate to be cooped up in the house for days on end, so I just had to figure out how to get out of the house.

First, my ground rules with myself: no driving or walking with the baby in heavy snowfalls. No walks on days when there was a cold alert (below -15C  without wind-chill and/or -35 C with the wind-chill).  That was just my comfort zone.

My favourite activities with my Pumpkin during winter:

  • Local mom and baby groups (check out your local Ontario Early Years Centre)
  • Indoor exercise classes for moms with babies
  • Walking around a mall
  • Coffee “play dates” with a local mom and baby, either in a coffee shop or at one of our houses
  • Walks outside. The tricky part is figuring out how to dress your baby and how to protect them from the cold.
      • If you must go outside during a cold alert, cover all exposed skin and keep the walk brief. Exposed skin can become frostbitten in 30 seconds during a cold alert! Your baby’s hands and feet are at the greatest risk of getting frostbitten.
      • Dress your baby in one more layer than what you are wearing. Use at least three layers total including a winter jacket or snowsuit when going outside. Include hat, booties and warm mittens. Use blankets as a way to add or remove layers.
      • Check your baby often to be sure they are not too hot and not too cold. Check the Winter baby in strollerback of your baby’s neck and check her fingers and toes.
      • Remember that you are moving and generating heat; a baby in a stroller is often not moving much at all.
      • A warm cover on your stroller can help shelter your baby from the wind.

You can be notified by email every time Halton Region issues a cold alert by signing up here. Do you have any other tips for enjoying the winter months with a baby? We love to hear from you, there are many ways you can connect with us:

For parenting information or to speak with a Public Health Nurse (every Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) simply dial 311 or 905-825-6000.

About Andrea Scott RN

I’m a public health nurse with the HaltonParents team – you’ll find me blogging, tweeting and answering emails. I’ve been working for the Halton Region Health Department since 2006 and my focus has been on supporting parents with babies and little kids. I have two little ones myself, “Pumpkin” and “Monkey” who give me plenty to blog about! :)
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