Winter is a cozy time of year and the perfect season for babalicious squeezes … but it also requires some extra gear when you’re on the road. Here’s what you need to include:
Warm Clothes and Blankets
Little ones can’t regulate their body temperatures or move around to warm up the way adults can, which compromises their ability to withstand the cold. Make sure you pack more warm gear than you think you need. That way, if you hit a cold front or your baby falls sick, you’ll have lots of supplies.
The carseat is an excellent baby transportation device when your little bean is small, but sitting in a carseat outside (or even indoors, like in a mall) can make your baby pretty cold. A carseat cover keeps your baby snuggly warm, but their face is unobstructed so they can have that comforting view of mom or dad.
Car Emergency Supplies
You never know when you’re going to get stuck somewhere, which is where emergency supplies come in. Keep a tub in your car (don’t take it out) that contains diapers, wipes, cream, extra blankets and clothes, burp cloths, formula (if necessary), baby Tylenol, a thermometer, and snacks for parents. Make sure to have high-calorie options such as nut or nut butter, trail mix, dried fruit or shelf-stable cheese for nursing moms.
With the cold comes the dry, and no skin is more sensitive than an infant’s. Keep baby-approved lotion on hand to soothe chapped hands or feet, then cover them up with sleepers and mittens to lock in the moisture. Always keep diaper cream on hand too … you never know when delicate nether regions will need it.
Most likely you already have a humidifier at home – if baby has entered the world already – or are planning to get one. However, humidifiers are crucial on the go as well. If you’re staying at relatives’ house or going on a trip as a fam, you need to make sure you’re covered in case the little one falls ill along the way. Humidifiers are light, portable and easy to use, so don’t forget to add one to your on-the-go kit.
While these supplies don’t cover every scenario, they sure do help, so plan ahead to have them on hand. The result? A happier baby and a happier you!