As the temperature drops we’ve got some tips on keeping your little ones warm and safe while you’re out and about:
Putting your child in the car seat while they’re wearing their winter coats can put them in danger. Thick clothing can affect how the seat straps fit and therefore how effective they are at restraining your child, especially if you get into an accident. Instead, opt for a thick blanket over the top of the car seat straps no higher than armpit height. Find more information here.
Little ones get cold, especially on their extremities so think about ditching the wellies for snow boots. They are insulated, waterproof and the best bit, they stay on their feet.
Dress your little one in layers so you can easily take a layer off if you go indoors. The NCT suggests one extra layer than you are comfortable wearing.
Choose natural fabrics that are breathable such as cotton or wool.
Pop on a hat to keep their head warm. You can get some great ones that cover ears and cheeks for maximum warmth.
Wear mittens. I know this is easier said than done but it is so difficult to get the thumb in the thumb hole especially when wearing gloves yourself!
Put a spare coat or snowsuit in the car just in case you break down.
Watch out for dry skin as it can become itchy for your child. Use a moisturiser or a balm to lock in the moisture. Lansinoh nipple cream or Sudocrem are great options especially if you need to protect those wet, dribbly chins if they’re teething!