WHY NEW BORN BABY HAVE TO BE KEEP WARM?
New parent probably have a lot of question for new baby, one of the question
that new parent might to know is why new born baby have to kept warm? If its
warm inside or even outside then why are the babies all bundled up? The answer
for that question is because new born baby still doesn't have complete control
over their body temperature until the baby getting older. That's why a new born
baby always need to be bundled up and always kept warm while the body is maturing
and learning how to regulate itself.
Lots of parents are completely unaware of this and simply put their child
in whatever outfit they think is pretty. But, parents should realize that new
babies need help regulating their body temperature until they are old enough
to do it themselves.
Also, babies are accustomed to being warm from being in the womb so long. As
a result babies who are warm grow quicker and thrive more than babies who are
not kept warm. Did you also know that babies need to be kept warm so they cry
less? When babies are warm they feel comfortable and safe. This means they have
one less reason to cry or become upset. So, if you don't like the sound of a
crying baby or your baby is crying make sure temperature is not the problem.
However, just because babies need to be kept warm does not mean that you should
pile on the blankets and outfits. Babies can become too hot and if they do they
will be restless, sweaty, and will likely cry. Gauge the temperature outside
and dress your baby in one more layer than you have on. Then, if he begins to
get hot you can take a layer off. If he remains cool you can add a blanket.
Use your own outfit as a guide. Many doctors will tell you to dress your baby
as you are dressed plus one thin layer. If you're wearing a T-shirt and jeans
on a nice warm day, then baby will be comfortable if she is similarly covered,
perhaps with an added undershirt. If you need a sweater, so will your baby.
- Keep your home temperature at 68 to 70 degrees F. That's a comfortable temperature
which won't require your baby to be bundled up all the time.
- Avoid drafts. Don't place your baby near the draft of an open window, open
door, or in front of a hot- or cold-air register that blows air. Even ceiling
fans can create a breeze that's too cool.
- Go for the layered look. Use undershirts and easy-to-remove tops to layer
clothing for warmth.
- Put a hat on baby. Keep your baby's head covered in cold weather and when
her hair is wet.
- Don't overdo it. Babies need to be warm, but not hot. If your baby feels
too warm, remove a layer of clothing.
Dressing your baby for a trip outdoors
When you're taking your baby outdoors for a walk, a trip to a relatives, or
a quick run to the grocery store, here's how to keep her comfortable:
- Dress your baby appropriately for the outdoor temperature.
- In cold weather, always cover baby's feet, hands, and head.
- In warm weather, you don't need to keep booties on your baby.
- For car trips on cold days, warm up the car first before loading your baby
The nurses at the hospital will show you how to properly bundle your baby.
The standard method is a lot like making an open-topped burrito. Be careful
not to bundle her too tightly and pay close attention to how her arms are positioned.
Once she can roll around on her own, she'll want to be bundled less.
For car trips on warm days, you should shield your baby from hot direct sunlight
by using a blanket in the window or a shade made especially for car windows.
(by Jill Tomlin - BABY.TopResource.NET Reference)