Warming Your Baby Up to the Idea of Calming Down - Woodmam

In the uterus, infants are constantly in “hot water”! That may be why so many babies love warm things. To help you soothe your baby when she’s fussing, try these “hot tips”:

• A warm bath

Every time their six-week-old son, Jack, was fussy, Kim and John calmed him by submersing him in warm water. “Jack always gets super relaxed when he is put into a hot bath. He goes into a Zen-like state and is mellow and ready for bed afterward.”

• A warm blanket

When her niece, Erica, was very fussy one day, Barbara heated the baby blanket in the clothes dryer for a few minutes, thoroughly checked it for hot spots, and then bundled Erica in it. Erica calmed so quickly that from then on, whenever she became fussy she got swaddled in warm wraps. (Barbara was always very careful to avoid overheating or burning her.)

• A warm hat

Covering your baby’s head makes her feel cozy and comfortable. Newborns lose twenty-five percent of their body heat through their heads, so a baby with an exposed head is like an adult walking around on a chilly night in underwear.

• A warm hot-water bottle

Dr. Spock loved to tell parents to lay their colicky babies tummy-down on a warm hot-water bottle. He thought it helped relieve stomach pain, the way warmth can help menstrual cramps, but more likely it works by putting soothing pressure on your baby’s stomach and turning on the calming reflex.

Warm socks

As with a blanket, you can warm up your baby’s socks to make her feel extra toasty. Just check for hot spots before putting them on.

Warning: Keep Your Baby from Becoming a Red-Hot Pepper

Keeping your baby warm can be helpful, but overheating her is not good. It may make her restless, cause a heat rash, and there is a slight chance it can increase a baby’s risk of SIDS.

Pay attention to the following to avoid the pitfalls of overheating:

If your baby’s ears or toes are red and hot and her armpits are sweaty, she’s probably too warm and needs to be dressed more lightly.

You can warm towels, blankets, socks, and hats in the clothes dryer, with a hair dryer, or in a microwave oven for thirty seconds. But before you put any heated item on your baby, always open it up and hold it against your forearm to make sure it isn’t too hot.

Never microwave any clothing with metallic thread.

Never use an electric blanket or heating pad. These can overheat babies and expose them to unnecessary electromagnetic radiation.

In hot weather, swaddle your baby in light wraps.
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