Saturday, December 02, 2006

Day 285 - Beat the Cold

Today's first time parenting tip - Keep the baby's room around 70-72 degrees F

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it's the middle of winter. That means biting cold, wind and perhaps the most discouraging of all - drafts.

No matter what you set the thermostat at, there always seem to be areas in the house or the apartment that are colder than others. If you've got a sleeping baby in the house, that could spell bad news. If the room the baby is sleeping in is cold, you'll have middle-of-the-night wake ups at best, hypothermia at worst.

Here's how you can keep your infant as comfortable as possible during winter.

  • Pick a room for the baby that has as few windows as possible

  • If the room has windows, cover them with heavy drapes or plastic

  • Use Styrofoam stuff window sills and drafty doors

  • Place the baby's crib as far from the window as possible

  • Put a space heater in the baby's room

  • Dress your infant in warm, full length pajamas

  • Use a crib pad to block any errant drafts

  • Keep the rest of your house around 70 degrees, even at night

Follow these tips and you'll be able to beat the best Jack Frost can throw at you.

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