A quick guide for dressing your baby during winter

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With colder weather coming, your infant may need some new clothes, especially since he or she is probably already outgrowing summer’s outfits. Here are the must-haves:

Inside

The best guideline is to dress your baby in one more layer than you’re wearing. For example, if you’re warm enough in a long-sleeved shirt, your infant likely needs a jacket too. Check periodically to make sure your child isn’t too hot. He or she should be warm to the touch but not sweaty.

Outside

Follow the one-more-layer rule when your baby goes outdoors. On especially cold days, deck him or her out in a snowsuit, hat and mittens to combat the elements.

At night

Resist the urge to cover your child with a blanket, since doing so increases his or her risk of suffocation and SIDS. Sleep sacks keep your baby toasty without covering his or her nose and mouth. Thicker fabrics, like fleece, are best during winter. Learn about other ways to keep your baby safe at night. [link to http://www.bootheelbabies.org/exactly-safe-sleep-surface/]

In the car

Like a crib, covering your child’s car seat with a blanket places him or her at risk for suffocation. Thick winter coats can also be dangerous, since they make car seat straps too loose. The best way to keep a baby warm in the car is by putting a fleece one-piece over his or her clothes.

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