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Many parents tend to forget some important items that are necessary during the winter season. It is crucial to create a winter baby checklist to ensure that you do not forget anything important.
You will want to make sure that you have a list of all the items necessary for your child before he or she arrives.
A winter baby checklist can be helpful for any parent-to-be. The cold weather and other additional preparations that a winter birth requires can be overwhelming.
However, with some preparation and planning, you will know exactly what to expect on this special day.
1. Ask your doctor about any precautions you may need to take during your pregnancy
2. Check out the nursery space you want to set up for your little one
4. Find out if your hospital is prepared for a winter birth
This checklist will also be useful if you are expecting twins, triplets, quadruplets, or more than one baby at once because it will help make sure you have enough clothes and supplies for all of them.
Some other items that need to be on this list include:
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Here’s a list of items that are a must-have:
- Going home outfits
Going home is supposed to be a happy occasion, but babies can become very distressed in the hospital if they are not dressed appropriately.
The doctors and nurses will often have just enough time to dress the baby before they have to leave the hospital, so it is important for parents to know what clothing items should be brought with them.
They should dress their baby in a warm hat, warm socks, and warm pajamas
that are easily accessible and take up little space. They should also bring spares as well.
- Car seat / infant car seat
The infant car seat is a mandatory safety device for infants. It is important to find the right car seat that will work best for your infant. There are different kinds of car seats available which can be used according to the age of your child.
Car seats are installed in a vehicle so that an infant can ride safely and comfortably. They are available in two types: rear-facing and front-facing.
The rear-facing type is used when the infant weighs from 4-10 pounds, or until he reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by law in your country, whichever comes first.
The front-facing type is used after the infant turns one year old or weighs from 20 to 40 pounds, whichever comes first.
It is important to note that while infant car seats are not foolproof, they do provide significant protection from injury or death in a crash.
- Pram / buggy / travel system
- Sleepsuits / long sleeved suits ( as required at least X 6)
- vest / short sleeved suits ( as required at least X 6)
- cardigans / jackets ( at least X2)
- Shawl or snowsuit
- Diapers and wipes ( lots of them )
- Hat ( cold weather cap) , mittens and bootees, socks
- Nursing bra and breast pads
- Bottles / teats / bottle brush
- Bibs ( as required or lots of them)
- Towels / flannels / muslins
Here’s some items that are handy for parents to have at home:
- Cot( including mattress, sheets and blankets)
- Baby bath tub
- Baby monitor ( Alternative use phone and tablets)
- Changing bag
- Steam steriliser
- Baby lotion and wipes
- Bath thermometer ( alternative use you elbow to feel correct temperature of bath water)
- Nappy wrapper
- Breast pump
- Nail scissors
- Nose frida
Difference about a baby born in the winter
A baby born in winter will have different needs and habits than those born in other seasons
A new study has found that babies born in the winter season are statistically more likely to have lower birth weight, smaller head circumference, and shorter length than those born in other seasons.
What kinds of challenges do babies born in witer face?
Baby’s born in winter have a harder time staying warm as they get older due to a lack of sunlight and warmer temperatures while indoors. They should be well bundled up when outside for a long period of time and make sure to go inside periodically to warm up.
It’s important to keep them warm with clothes, blankets, hats, and gloves.
It’s also important to have a car seat that keeps them warm. Some parents may not even realize that their child isn’t dressed properly until they are in the car and getting too cold.
What are the benefits of being born in winter?
They can spend more time with their families and kids which leads to higher chances of conceiving a baby.
The other benefit s that it’s easier to recover from an illness or get over a cold during winter because people spend less time outside and they usually wear warm clothes. That’s why we see fewer illness cases during this period of the year.
How is a winter baby different from a summer baby?
Research shows that the more cold winter babies are exposed to, the more their bodies produce a hormone called vasopressin. They also found that this hormone is present in increased levels in summer babies.
Vasopressin is a hormone that helps regulate blood pressure and water retention. It does this by helping the kidneys retain water from urine so it doesn’t just leak right out of the body. This keeps blood pressure balanced and helps prevent dehydration.
Why might a winter baby be at a disadvantage?
A winter baby may be at a disadvantage because they may have weaker immunity to certain diseases, while summer babies have stronger immunity.
You might have already downloaded the PDF of the checklist about having a baby in winter, and that is just a guideline for your easiness.
If you think you need more stuff add it to your list so that you won’t miss anything and make your life easy during hospital time.
When should I pack my hospital bag?
If you’re due to give birth in the next few weeks or months, it’s a good idea to start packing your hospital bag right now.
To be a dad or partner will need to know where it is before you go, and it will depend on what your particular hospital allows, but some things that are common all the hospital allow.
What kind of a bag should I bring?
A practical bag is something that has multiple compartments. It can be a large holdall or small suitcase, but you may want to bring two – one for yourself and one for your newborn baby. It would be a great idea so that you won’t mix anything with your baby’s stuff.
How much can I bring to the hospital?
You may not have a lot of space in your hospital bag, so leave extra items in the car to grab later.
Most patients are only staying for a few hours after being released from the hospital, so that does not require you to pack too many baby clothes.
What if I forget something on the day?
When emergencies arise it’s easy to forget the little things. Most of the hospitals will be able to provide you with anything you need, or you can ask your families and friends to bring what you need.