During those chilly winter days and nights, it’s important to keep your baby warm, but it can be tricky to avoid overheating—while also protecting his delicate skin. Whether staying in or going out, there are many ways to keep him cozy and safe. Here are some tips you should keep in mind…

At bedtime…

When dressing your baby for bedtime, stick with all-natural, breathable fibres like bamboo and cotton, and avoid synthetic materials like polyester and rayon. Thin layers, like onesies and socks, will allow you to add or reduce a layer depending on the temperature in the room.

You should avoid piling blankets on your baby; so instead, use a wearable sleep sack like the Bamboo Bubby Bag. This way he can’t kick off his blankets during the night, and you can rest assured that he is safe, whether he is sleeping next to you or in his crib.

If you choose to swaddle your baby, a bodysuit or onesie with socks underneath is ideal. The Merino Babywrap is perfect for a cozy swaddle. The 100% merino fibres will allow your baby’s body temperature to self-regulate comfortably.

As for the temperature in the bedroom or nursery, 18 degrees (Celsius) is ideal, but nothing above 22. Never place an electric blanket near your baby, and try to avoid positioning any heaters or radiators near where he is sleeping. Watch out for sweaty heads and damp hair as a sign that your baby might be too warm.

And if you’re heading out…

A good rule of thumb when going outside in chilly temps: your baby needs one more layer than you. Snowsuits and stroller sherpas are great for keeping him toasty from head to toe. And since babies tend to lose the most heat through their heads, a hat is important.

You shouldn’t worry too much about overheating your baby when you’re out in the cold; just make sure to remove the heavy layers as soon as you get home or when the car warms up. Yes, even if he’s asleep.

Protecting baby’s skin…

Whether you’re staying in or going out, keeping your baby’s skin healthy and comfortable during the winter is tricky. You’re battling chilly winds outside and dry air inside. Both are so harsh on delicate skin. It’s important to keep your little one’s skin moisturized with a gentle lotion to prevent drying out and itchy discomfort.

Finding a balance between warm, but not too warm, during the winter can be tricky. Luckily, there are plenty of products out there that will keep your baby safe and comfortable. And when your baby is comfortable, you’re comfortable.