(Closed) Having a baby in winter…should I be worried?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

OP i was born in Ukraine in May, and then we moved back to Russia (the Siberia part) a couple months later and I survived my very first winter in -30 degrees celcius weather. I was even taken outside and slept like a baby lol mom bundled me up well and covered with wool blankets and every time we got home I was still warm and cozy underball those layers!! Don’t worry!! As long as baby is bundled up well he/she will be fine! Make sure the head, feet and hands are all well covered. 

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Yeah winters in Australia are mild….I lived in Melbourne for a year and I just checked, it’s currently in the double digits (10°-14°C) there. As PPs have said, your baby should be wearing one more layer than you. Please don’t put more clothing/blankets on than necessary as their little bodies can overheat quickly causing dehydration. Check the back of your baby’s neck regularly for sweating and remove a layer if you find any. Here in Canada babies tolerate much more severe winters and are just fine. There’s also a practice in Nordic countries where babies sleep outside! Here’s a link:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21537988

Post # 23
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Sugar bee

I know plenty of people who were born in the months of November – March in Chicago and are just fine. I think you’re being a bit silly, everything will be ok.

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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sugarcloud:  lots of babies are born in winter – you will do great! Just have lots of layers, socks/hats/mittens. Also get a car seat cover (NOT a bundleme that goes under baby – those are dangerous and conflict with safety mechanisms of car seat). 

Post # 25
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Honey bee

Footed sleepers with a onesie underneath were the best for my December Colorado baby. Remember overheating the baby is much more dangerous so don’t go crazy, just one layer more than you are comfortable with should do the trick. Good luck with the new babe!

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

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sugarcloud: 

You didn’t ask or mention anything in your OP about preventing flu or reducing exposure to whooping cough. You asked about clothing, as indicated by being able to keep your previous children in singlets and onesies. If you are concerned about things like flu then maybe be specific and not expect people to be mindreaders? Otherwise, I would recommend you talk to your doctor about your concerns, and not let people who are unvaccinated come and visit the baby until the baby can be vaccinated.

Not sure I am the one who needs the chill pill. Especially in Canada where it is already chilly enough half of the year (and I am quite familiar with more people being indoors part of the year). 

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

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RayKay:  OP has a legitimate concern about her baby being born in the winter. She’s allowed to ask questions. It snowed this time last year in Sydney. I have friends in Thailand who freaked out when the temperature dropped to 20°c a few months back. They wrapped up and lit fires in the forest to keep the animals warm. That’s t-shirt weather over here, and pretty pleasant. It’s all relative.

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