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Winter baby tips? (XP)

I know it's early, but I had a summer baby last time so I have NO CLUE what will be different with this baby compared to the last.

Anyone with experience or thoughts, chime in, what are some good things about having a baby in the winter? What would you do different with a winter baby than a summer baby (like, would you not take them to the store early on because it is flu season?). Should you use a wipe warmer (I never did with Nick) because its so cold outside? What should baby wear the first few months? My friend told me they make flannel and fleece crib sheets..did you use them???

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Jack was born at the end of November so its pretty much winter here then. He spent most of his time in fleece sleepers and was swaddled a lot too. We didn't really go out a lot with him because of flu season and the fact that it's just too cold and nasty out.

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DD was a February baby, born in the middle of a snow storm! To be honest, I don't know that I would have done anything too differently than I would with a summer baby...I didn't bother with a wipe warmer, I mean really it's not like the wipes are ice cold...they are pretty much at room temperature anyway. She didn't complain.

I did put her in fleecy pj's...didn't use flannel sheets, but I had a nice fleecy blanket that I would tuck her in with, and that seemed to keep her comfy. Everyone told me to put an extra onesie on her underneath her jammies, but I was worried about her overheating in the night, so I just made sure to swaddle her up really good and then put the fleecy blanket on her up to her tummy/chest and tuck it in around her so it didn't cover her face.

The one down side I found with having a winter baby was that it was so cold and snowy outside, I couldn't really take her for walks with the stroller...I did get a bit of cabin fever. I ended up just taking her to the mall every day...we'd walk around for a couple of hours, and the mall even had a nice little nursing room so we could pop in there for pit stops. When the weather got a bit milder at about 4 weeks, I would bundle her up in the baby bjorn and wrap my coat around her then take her for little walks down to the corner store and back.

The nice thing about having a winter baby is that summer hit right around that beautiful 3-4 month mark when she started eating and sleeping more regularly, and it was easier to go on outings or play outside.

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About the only thing I did different with my winter baby than I did with my summer baby was I used sleepers all the time and always had a blanket around him. I also waited a little longer to take him out, still not the full 6 weeks a doctor said, and when I did take him out he was always covered with blankets including one over the car seat so people were less likely to touch him. We have horrible RSV here where I live, basically every year, so we have to take extra caution. Personally between my summer baby and my winter baby I liked the winter pregnancy and baby better. My baby slept through the cold months and then when he started getting active it was warm enough out side to take him out. Rather than the opposite.

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We used lots of blanket sleepers, too. And swaddling but when their new I do a lot of co sleeping so i know I keep the baby warm, too.

Rourke hated getting diaper changed and cold wipes were his enemy. But after the first few days we switched to completely CD and he didn't mind the cloth wipes at all.

I did take him out at about 3 weeks. I didn't worry about colds because we carried him everywhere. We never used those 'don't touch the baby seats' that click out of the car and parents take everywhere. Seems to stop a lot of people when you have baby baby swaddled on your arms or deep in your chest.

I love winter babies!!! I should add that we don't live in snow. On my last BB lots of the moms got car seat covers to keep baby covered and warm. They were made by LL Bean and others I think.

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Forgot to add in your other thread - the wipe warmer was a middle-of-the-night life saver! If I didn't use it he would wake up crying but when I used it he would sleep right through the diaper changes.

And where I live its not cold all winter and our really cold days are usually too bad.

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I must be a rotten mom, LOL - I took both my girls out pretty much immediately after they were born. Took normal precautions - wash your hands/use sanitizer before holding the baby, don't stick your face in her face, don't put your hands in her mouth/don't put her hands in your mouth (it's surprising how many people you actually HAVE to remind not to do that!), etc. I actually don't really know anyone who waited X amount of time before bringing their baby out in public except a very few babies who were born with upper respiratory issues.

Thing 1 was born October 23 and went to a Halloween party with us the week after and was fine. Just remember to bring an extra blanket or two if you're going outside and always have some hand sanitizer on hand.

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My DD was born Jan 23rd, prematurely. She spent a few weeks in the NICU and after she got home we waited probably 3 weeks before bringing her out. She got the shots for RSV and all that cause was born with respiratory issues but we still usually kept her covered so no random stranger could just come up and touch her. I imagine I'd do that during the summer too if possible. I just don't think much would be different with summer babies, except wardrobe Smile

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Coming from a first time mommy to be, (ME!) I love this thread! Smile I love hearing all of advice/tips. Very helpful! Thanks ladies!!

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i had both winter and summer babies... DS1 was born December 4th and it was around 31 degrees outside and snowing... and DS2 was born June 5th and it was about 95 degrees outside... i prefer a winter baby for the simple fact that i could take him outside and not worry about heat stroke... i had a car seat cover that stretched around the car seat and it had a flap i could lift up to see his face and i used it every time we went out plus had a really nice fleece blanket that i put under the cover... and i also put a onsie under his clothes at all times and used thick sleepers.... but other than that i did nothing different... and with my summer baby it was so hot outside if we let the house with him i had to make sure i had something to keep his milk cold in that way it wouldn't go bad i had to pump as he couldn't latch on right.... and he never wore any clothes unless it was just a onsie... and with a winter baby you can control their temp better than a summer baby... cause a winter baby if they are to cold add more blankets/layers and with a summer baby if they are hot they are hot you cant really do anything about it

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I'm looking forward to having a winter baby again... DS was born on New Year's Eve, but we lived in Vancouver so it was just mildly chilly and rainy. DD was born in June, and the whole summer sucked. We have a really short summer, and by the time I had breastfeeding down to where I felt I could go out a lot with her, the summer was practically over. When this baby comes, it'll probably be about -45 outside. You can't really get out much in those temperatures. We're usually kept inside that part of the winter, so I'd rather have a baby then and by the time it warms up, he/she will be more active.

We use fleece sleepers year around because it's usually chilly here. We will definitely have one of those big fluffy car seat covers. Smile

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Great tips! I have a June baby, so this is good info. Will definitely be getting a fleece car seat cover.

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I have a fleece carseat cover i used in the winter for my Oct baby--didn't have it with my first (feb 1st baby) Its usually pretty cold here all the time anyways and doesn't warm up that much in the summer, so I always dress my babies pretty warmly and use a blanket until mid july to august. My last was born at the end of July and he came home on a 65 degree day, and it was raining. blah.

You do have to watch for cold and flu season that really starts getting going in Jan and feb. Make sure older children wash hands when coming home from school (even change clothes) so that they don't get sick either, passing it to baby.

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I like this thread. I appreciate all the advice and didn't even think about things being different for a winter baby other than the clothes. I do like the fact that when summer comes around our babies will be more interactive at that point. One thing I'm wondering now is whether it is harder being up at all different hours especially when it's dark outside longer? I'm prone to seasonal affective disorder and not sure how this will play out with an erratic sleep schedule.

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DS was a December baby and I kept him in fleece sleepers most of the time. Whenever we went out I made sure he had a couple blankets on him and he was nice and snug and then I would use a fleece blanket to cover him anytime he was outside of the car. I never used wipe warmers because they stayed at room temperature in the house and didnt stay in the car long enough to get too cold. Youll adjust to having a baby in the cold. Mommy instinct will naturally kick in Smile

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"xtinagreen" wrote:

One thing I'm wondering now is whether it is harder being up at all different hours especially when it's dark outside longer? I'm prone to seasonal affective disorder and not sure how this will play out with an erratic sleep schedule.

I definitely found it harder to be up at weird hours when it was always dark... it made it seem a lot worse. But then again, we have super long days during the summer (3 am to 11 pm sunlight) and it's hard to regulate sleep for the kids then. :/

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My first was a winter baby, and I really just used a onesie and socks under the winter sleepers a lot, I didn't bother with the cute outfits because it took too long to get them on and off while changing a diaper. I also never used the wipe warmer, she never seemed to care when I wiped her.

To get out we would go to the mall and walk around. I'm not one to worry about germs too much, and her doctor said that as long as she isn't in a closely packed building we could take her out. So we would go during the day when the mall had less people in it. I actually never had anyone come up and try to touch her, just people who would look at her and say "How cute, how old is HE?" When she was clearly in a pink stroller, in a pink outfit, with a pink blanket:rolleyes:

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"SlackerMom" wrote:

The nice thing about having a winter baby is that summer hit right around that beautiful 3-4 month mark when she started eating and sleeping more regularly, and it was easier to go on outings or play outside.

"kridda_88" wrote:

My baby slept through the cold months and then when he started getting active it was warm enough out side to take him out. Rather than the opposite.

"cayxcee" wrote:

i prefer a winter baby for the simple fact that i could take him outside and not worry about heat stroke... i had a car seat cover that stretched around the car seat and it had a flap i could lift up to see his face and i used it every time we went out plus had a really nice fleece blanket that i put under the cover...... and with a winter baby you can control their temp better than a summer baby... cause a winter baby if they are to cold add more blankets/layers and with a summer baby if they are hot they are hot you cant really do anything about it

I never thought of this!!! Thanks for the advice, I am planning to do a lot of babywearing so hopefully that will keep unwanted germy hands away from my newborn! Smile

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"yellow.rose.of.canada" wrote:

We're usually kept inside that part of the winter, so I'd rather have a baby then and by the time it warms up, he/she will be more active.

I like this thinking...although summers were so hot we were inside most of the time in the a/c!

"~HollyBear~" wrote:

I have a fleece carseat cover i used in the winter for my Oct baby--

Yes I am definitely getting one of those!

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I thought the car seat cover was much eaiser than using a snowsuit for baby! I used normal crib sheets you don't want the baby to over heat so I would probally not use fleece sheets and I never used a crib bumper.

I had 2 winter babes so I am used to it! I only took them out when they had to go like to the dr or something like that. I used a baby hat even indoors like the cotton ones and onesie's under everything. I also kept the heat down just a little bit I just have this fear of them over heating!

I hate the snow here in Ohio but that will give me an excuse not to go out. Smile