The best time of the year is here when the entire city is wrapped up in green and red lights for Christmas. For me, winters mean festivities, good food, chilling weather and a lot of fun. But when I became a mom to twins, things changed. I dreaded winters as it brought not fun but a bag full of problems – sick kids and dry skin. Being a travel enthusiast, I never wanted to stay indoors but at the same time, going out with two infants looked challenging. However, with time comes experience and I learned a few lessons on how to survive winters with infants/toddlers. So, here are the tips to Survive winters with the babies:
Moisturize your kid’s skin:
One of the biggest challenges I faced as a new mom was the dry skin of my babies. As they were born preterm, their skin was red and very dry and prone to eczema too. Winters, cold temperatures and lack of humidity made it worse and it resulted in dry, itchy and scaly skin. As a new mom, I was scared and had no idea how to deal with it. My mom and mom in law would massage my babies but that didn’t help much. When my support system left, I was all by myself with them and there were days when massaging was not possible as I was totally drained out.
My friend who was a second-time mom advised me to keep their skin moisturized. She recommended The Moms Co.’s range of products that are Australia-Certified Toxin-Free, Made Safe & dermatologically tested & are made with natural ingredients, and organic oils. As these were hypoallergenic too, I thought of switching to it.
Moms Co. Range:
The Moms Co. offers a range for complete moisturization depending on the baby’s needs. I chose the one for Dry Skin – The Moms Co. Natural Baby Lotion for my twin 1 and the one for very dry, sensitive and eczema-prone skin – The Moms Co. Natural Soothing Relief Lotion for twin 2, since her skin is very sensitive & is eczema-prone. After bathing, I would apply a thin layer of the respective lotions on their bodies. Their faces and legs were the most affected areas so I applied the moisturizer twice or thrice a day on these parts. To my surprise, it actually worked to improve the texture of my kids’ dry skin. It keeps their skin soft and supple.
I’m using this lotion not only in winters but throughout the year as I can see significant improvement in my kids’ dry skin.
Layering up your kid:
Ok, so I made up my mind to step out with my girls and the first question that popped up in my mind was how to dress them up properly. The thumb rule that I got from everyone was to dress the kids in one extra layer than you were wearing. I would cover them well with cap, mittens, booties, a jacket and finally, place a warm blanket around them in their strollers. I would suggest that you Opt for soft yet warm and breathable fabrics for your child.
An important tip:
When you are outside in the cold with infants, always keep an eye on the symptoms like shivering, blue lips, pale nose or ears and return home immediately. Also, if the kid is getting fussy or his/her eyes tear, it is possible that he/she is uncomfortable/overdressed.
Even when at home, it is very important to maintain a proper, cozy environment for your babies. Avoid overheating or under heating. Again, follow the thumb rule of dressing up in an extra layer. You can check the tummy or the back of your baby and if it is sweaty, it is too hot for the baby. Other signs that you should check for overheating are damp hair, flushed cheeks, teary eyes, rapid breathing, fussiness. Simply take off a layer or two from your kid’s clothing and set the temperature accordingly.
So, these are a few tips to Survive winters with the babies. With these learnings, we survived as I know how to take care of my kids during the winter. Do try the same, and if you have any other tips, feel free to share below in the comments!