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

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 31
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The baby will be fine. I recommend lots of skin-to-skin contact, the baby will be warm and cosy inside your shirt even without any clothes. My DD was born in February in Finland. The recommendation was to avoid all crowded places like shopping malls for the first two weeks, and also wait for two weeks before taking the baby outside and even then start with a 15 minute walk, then 30 minutes the next day and so on.

Here the recommendation is to check the temperature of the baby from the neck, as many babies tend to have cold hands and feet.

Like PP mentioned, babies nap outside in Scandinavia year long. DD had her longest naps ever (4 hours straight) last winter when it was really cold outside, and she was bundled really tight in her pram with extra clothing layers, snowsuit, and two sleeping bags.

I must say I smiled a bit for Australian to be worried about winter weather, but I am sure you would laugh at me when I’m worried about overheating during Finnish summer. 😀

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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Alsace:  Another Aussie here. Yes, I always imagine Americans/Europeans laughing when we whinge about our winters…but then I see British backpackers here sunbathing on days when most Aussies are wearing long sleeves!

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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sugarcloud:  An Aussie winter is easier than an aussie summer!  You can wrap babies up, you can’t do much for them in 40″ heat waves without an air conditioner.

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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eelise:  I was also planning to purchase some outerwear but I’m glad I didn’t. Babies aren’t supposed to wear heavier jackets or coats in their carseat. Just warm clothing with a blanket on top of the harness. We were never outside other than just going to and from the car, and never once used a coat while a newborn. 

Post # 36
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Bumble bee

I’m so glad my baby was born in March coming into winter. It’s so much easier bundling him up than it would be trying to keep cool in 40+ days.

I don’t think anywhere in Australia gets that cold! It’s also working out okay, because the early days you don’t get out much anyway. Babe will be perfect in time for lovely warm spring!

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I’m from Canada. I actually can’t even believe you would be worried. I spent 2 months in Australia during your “winter” and I can tell you that your baby will be fine. I’m due with my baby around Nov 1st, which is late autumn for us, so my baby will be spending its first 5-6 months in below zero temperatures. He’ll be okay. If it gets to -30°C, I’ll stay indoors.

Post # 38
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Busy bee

I’ve had one of each – July and December – and I much preferred having a winter baby.  You can wrap them up as much as they need, but there’s only so much you can do for a grumpy, hot, sweaty baby.

And being pregnant in summer was a nightmare.

Post # 39
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Bumble bee

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sugarcloud:  ehhh dont worry too much about it.  My parents had me while on vacation in Florida in December when they were due in February (they are from Michigan).  Now imagine taking a premie home to subzero weather when they had NOTHING with them for baby.  Let’s just say my dad bought the one and only snowsuit in all of Florida and they tied the legs together so I wouldnt fall down the leg hole. 🙂 

Post # 40
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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sugarcloud:  I’m due in December, which is just the start of our colder months where I live. I’ll be on maternity leave during the absolutely coldest, and plan to stay inside most ofteh time. If we need to go somewhere, I’ll make sure he’s wrapped up good for the time we’ll be outside, which would be a quick one – from the car to wherever, and vice versa. Our lows in January can get to be well BELOW zero, even into February.

I was a February baby!

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I thought this post was going to be about getting to hospital in an emergency or advancing labour , through the snow. In England some of my friends had a baby due when a massive storm was predicted and they were frantic with worry  (in bad snowfall our roads simply do not function, it’s a national legend that we barely cope with normal snow that Canadians or Scandis would laugh at)……but luckily they missed the worst of it and the roads were just about clear in time. I was so relieved for them when the baby came safely.

I’ve been to Australia in the winter and it was so lovely and sunny, if slightly cool at night. I’m sure your baby will be fine. I’d be so much more worried about 30 plus degrees. Heatwaves do kill! Good luck and congratulations.

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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happy2bee:  such a cute story- love it!

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

your baby will be fine!:) …I’m in Canada and we had a MASSIVE snow storm the night before my son was born. I got my car stuck in the snow at work and cried the entire way home because I couldn’t see through the blowing snow lol. My water broke the next morning and he was born the day after that. My son wore sleepers and hats 90% of the time until the weather warmed up. 

Post # 44
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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GrannyPantiesRock:  that’s a very good point. We’ll just make sure to have lots of baby blankets and warm onesies 😄

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I’m pretty sure it’s not as cold as Iceland or a zillion other cold countries. You’re baby will be fine. 

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