Winter is that time when the sun is lowest in the sky, resulting in short days and atmospheric temperatures at its lowest. Typically winter is the fourth of the four seasons varying from place to place across the earth but generally regarded as that time between December 23rd to March 20th in the Northern hemisphere or between June to August in the Southern hemisphere. Alternatively, winter is the coldest season of the year on both polar and temperate zones, occurring after autumn and before spring in each year (Wiki cited 2019).
The word winter comes from an old Germanic word that means “time of water” and is symbolic for a time of high precipitation; rain and snow and high latitudes. The season is mostly associated with dormancy and inactivity due to reduced motor ability inhuman because of the extreme cold, blast winds and tingly breezes, frost bites and sometimes death from, heart attacks, arthritis, allergies, hypothermia, outbreaks of pneumonia and flu among other things.
The winter season brings along many health problems and increased risks of exposure and susceptibility to viruses that are most prevalent in cold temperatures. Hence the need for increased awareness and vigilance in tackling (prevention and care) of winter-related issues.
THE SCIENCE OF CLOTHES FOR PROTECTION (COVER AND WARMTH)
The ordeals of the primitive man must have been unimaginable as compared to the modern day man. The most basic being the protection from the elements (the scorch of the sun and the biting cold). Born of a desire to survive the chills of the cold, man has evolved from hiding under piles of foliage, leaves, and barks of trees to making fine wool, linen, and cotton for fabric and clothes that now cover our backs and thus protect us. These materials have evolved since through revolutionary improvement in quality and styles as the world seeks to better address the needs of man and mitigate the effect of the earth’s orbital rotation which births the change in times and seasons and with it the cold and the warmth of each season.
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DRESSING THE BABY DURING WINTER
BABY WINTER CLOTHES
While other factors of alternative heat have been provided in the house and the car. The dressing of the baby should be further up a notch than the mother/guardian or caregiver. This is further explicating the aforementioned reasons as well as the metabolic processes which in turn produce heat in the body, is a lot less in babies than that of an adult. Infants usually need an additional layer of clothing over what adults need to stay warm. Rather than buying a huge snowsuit or baby parka which is also a good choice, you can also consider adding thin clothing layers underneath topped off with fleece snowsuits, to provide enough warmth without making the baby sweat.
If as a parent or guardian, you have opted for a shirt, light sweaters and jean, the baby can be dressed in long-sleeved body suits, a shirt, a hoodie or a sweater or a head warmer to complement the shirt, a pair of thick leggings or sock.
If you are on heavy winter coat and dressing, the baby should be in a snowsuit or bunting and wrapped in extra layers of blanket or shawl.
If you are going on a long-sleeved T-shirt and a winter jacket, add a sweater to your baby’s long-sleeved outfit, add a coat or a bunting for extra protection. Spice it up with mittens, a snug-fitting hat, and warm hug boots if the bunting doesn’t cover his legs.
Note: – Use water repellant fabrics and an extra layer of insulation. Lycra and silk are better insulators next to cotton. Make sure the baby’s head, necks, hands, and feet are well covered. Also, remember to wear a large coat that covers you and the baby as body heat is the first source of baby heat (a baby wearing coats and dad’s coats in case of dads)
HOW LONG CAN THE BABY STAY OUT IN THE COLD?
Soft, one-piece footed sleeper to help your baby stay warm all night by keeping him toasty from head to toe or a sleeping bag. A short-sleeved or long-sleeved bodysuit or undershirt, underneath the baby sleeper or pajamas. A warm flannel fitted sheet for the baby’s crib with extras on hand for swift changes. Alternatively, to avoid blankets is a sack or wearable blankets.