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

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 46
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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sugarcloud:  No. You have nothing to worry about. My son was born in mid-summer in Alaska, which can be colder than your winters. The thing is, being cold will not hurt your baby. Obviously you should seek to keep him warm and comfortable, but being slightly chilled here and there is ok. Cold weather doesn’t make people sick- sick people and bacteria does. I was more worried about my baby overheating, but that is because I am used to the cold and have no idea how to deal with very hot tempratures. There are so many high-quality warm clothes for babies, even newborns, that cold weather is really not a problem. I took my son out all winter in Alaska (even when the temperature was -17 C). He was older then (about 5 months) but it was fine. Congrats on your baby!

Post # 47
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Vineyard Lake

I had my son in January in the U.S. We had severe snow storms the three days I was in the hospital. These Bundle Ups were a dream! They make it so you dont have to over dress your baby but they stay nice & cozy while traveling to & from the car or while it’s warming up. You can then unzip so they don’t overheat plus they can’t just toss the blanket to the floor.

Post # 48
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

Hey inuit babies survive, so yours will too xx

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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epon10642:  idk squat about Australian winters but your comment made me literally LOL 

Post # 50
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Bumble bee

I live in Canada and I had my baby in January when it was -30 out and tons of snow all around!  That is normal for us here, though, so I was prepared.  We brought a snowsuit to the hospital to bring baby home in and she wore a warm sleeper underneath.  I always had her in long sleeves, pants and socks or warm sleepers during the winter months.  As long as you are prepared and have warm clothes ready for baby and your house and car have heat, you will be fine. And I imagine the winters in Australia are nowhere near as harsh as the ones we get here.  🙂

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Post # 51
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2027

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sugarcloud:  I’m in the south in the states and we don’t handle cold well at all. 2 weeks after having my oldest daughter we had an ice storm that knocked the power out for most of the state for several days. She was just fine. I just bundled her up and we held her a lot. She stayed close to the fire when we were sleeping.  I’m sure your little one will be just fine.

Post # 53
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

I’m due Nov 27th and I’m in Canada, baby’s first few months will be freezing but we will just bundle up and avoid going out on severe weather/cold days. Our furnace is insured as well which is helpful because if it breaks they will come fix or replace it at no charge. I’ve been in two houses where the furnace broke in mid winter and it’s a scary thought to have that happen with a newborn. Just something to consider as well! 

Post # 54
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Bumble bee

I haven’t had any children, but I was a winter baby and was fine. In fact, according to those who remember, it was the coldest they’d had here in awhile. I just stayed wrapped in a blanket I think lol. May explain why I love being in a blanket as an adult. But you should be just fine 🙂

Post # 55
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I had my daughter right before Christmas during a snow storm. We brought her home and there was 12 inches of snow on the ground! Being from central texas, this was my first experience with snow and cold and boy was I freaked!

here are my suggestions:

if its dry from the heat being on get a cool steam humidifier. Those little coughs and congested noises from the dry heat from our furnace made me think she was ill. I too was scared of the flu!

i was a hermit for about 6 weeks due to colds/flu. I was also healing from a c section. Hand sanitizer is your friend. 

Baby wore fleece footie pjs with a zipper inside. If we left the house id put a cotton onesie under it and socks. Also a hat. Then a blanket. You can take off layers as needed. 

the cold was nice while my hormones came back to earth. I got the sweats often so stepping outside was a god send. 

A car seat cover helped a lot when we left the house. Kept germy strangers away and helped keep baby warm. also helped with sleep and keeping snow from making her blankets damp. 

Be careful with blankets in a crib. They have fleece sleep sacks that are awesome! Also fleece swaddlers. I would put her in a diaper and then one of those and viola! Warm baby that was easy to change. 

Oh and no bulky jackets in the car seat. Layer over the straps, not under. 

 

Good luck and congrats!

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