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Whether you’re about to welcome a baby into the world or you’ve recently had a baby, you likely realize how much gear they need. New parents often purchase a lot of gear designed to make their life or the baby’s life easier but can end up spending money on things that aren’t really needed. For a winter baby, there are some essentials to purchase. Check out the list below and buy what your baby will need to get through their first winter comfortable and happy.
The Perfect High Chair
A high chair is a must, as it allows for hands-free feeding. Opt for one that grows with the baby to get more use out of this type of product. A baby high chair designed to grow can hold infants still using a bottle, older infants who are starting solids, and toddlers who are ready for a big kid chair. By buying one that grows with the baby, you’ll be able to use it month after month until they’re around five years old.
Babies can’t regulate their temperatures well, so it’s up to the parents to do it for them. Bulky clothes can get too warm too fast when indoors. Instead, opt for a variety of light jackets. A light jacket is perfect for the inside and can be covered with a warmer jacket or blanket when outside, keeping the baby warm without making them too hot. Keep a few on hand when out and about to be able to layer more effectively.
Adorable Socks and Booties
Baby toes are adorable, but they do get cold fast. Tiny baby socks and booties are perfect for keeping the toes warm no matter where you’re going. If socks tend to come off too easily, try opting for booties designed to be a little more difficult for babies to kick off. However, since they can come off, keep a few extra pairs in the diaper bag for on the go.
Caps are the perfect way to cover a baby’s head and help keep them warm when you’re outside. Opt for caps that are as soft as possible to avoid any discomfort, and start using caps when the baby is tiny to encourage them to leave it on. Caps are easy to take off when you’re inside but will help keep the baby warmer. Use baby caps made from natural fibers to help keep their temperature regulated properly, but don’t skimp on all of the cute designs that are available.
A Fantastic Stroller
The right stroller can make all of the difference when you’re out and about with a baby. Take some time to find the perfect stroller. For newborns, it may make sense to purchase a travel system, so you have a car seat and stroller together. Once the baby outgrows the newborn car seat, you’ll still have a stroller to use. Make sure the stroller is easy to open and close with one hand, that it fits in the trunk of the car, and that it’ll be easy to clean.
Swaddle blankets provide numerous benefits beyond keeping the baby warm. Swaddling helps prevent movement, encouraging the baby to fall asleep faster and helping them to stay asleep longer. In the winter, swaddling can be the perfect way to add another layer during a nap or at bedtime to help keep the baby warm. Learn how to use a swaddle before practicing a few times to get the hang of it, but they aren’t hard to use. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to do it easily and quickly to help your baby fall asleep.
During the winter months, you’ll likely have the heat on inside the home to help keep you and the baby warm. While this is important, it does make the air less humid. This is what can cause skin irritation, chapped lips, and other issues during the winter months. Babies can suffer from low humidity, too, so opt for a humidifier in their room to increase the humidity and keep them comfortable. As a bonus, they can help with congestion and relieve stuffy noses in case your baby gets a cold.
Congratulations on the new baby. If you’re ready to start shopping, these are the things you’ll need with a winter baby. Take the time to check out a variety of options and make sure you have plenty of essentials on-hand before the weather gets colder. You’ll end up with a warmer, more comfortable, and happier baby throughout winter.