Experiencing new seasons with a baby is so much fun! Creating new traditions and making priceless memories is part of what makes parenthood so wonderful. As you usher in the fall season, follow these tips to keep your baby safe and healthy.
According to the CDC, babies and the elderly are at a higher risk of developing serious or even life-threatening health conditions because of the cold. To help keep baby warm despite the fluctuating weather, check the weather before you leave the house to get a sense of how to dress. Sometimes fall mornings can be very cold, but the afternoons warm up significantly. Consider dressing baby in layers so that you’re prepared for the cold but also able to keep baby cool if the temperature changes.
Car seat safety
This is important any time of year, but especially as baby may start wearing coats when you go out. Review the proper car seat buckling guidelines, specifically about wearing coats. As a rule of thumb, you should take off baby’s coat before putting him/her in the car seat.
Keeping germs away
With many kids going back to school, the spreading of germs is more of a concern in the fall season. Babies seem to get hit harder with colds and the flu, so if your baby is old enough it’s important for baby and your whole family to get the flu shot.
Follow the proper hand-washing protocol and include baby in the pre-meal ritual. Hold baby in front of the sink and wash his/her hands before eating to instill the habit. Keep hand sanitizer handy when you’re out and about and don’t have access to a sink to wash your hands.
Use safe food-handling techniques
Along those lines, make sure that the food that is prepared for all of those amazing parties that come with the fall season is prepared safely. Halloween, Thanksgiving, sporting events, etc. all often revolve around food, so be extra cautious not to cross-contaminate food, to be careful as you handle raw meat, and to thoroughly wash produce.
Although snow isn’t as common in the fall (but still a possibility in some places), frost is a reality. Early mornings are often accompanied by a beautiful, sparkly layer of frost covering the ground. As enchanting as it is to look at, frost can be a slippery hazard to drivers or walkers. Be mindful of frost on the ground if you’re planning on going out. Give yourself extra time to commute so you can drive slowly if necessary.
Avoid the urge to stay bundled up inside all fall as the cold weather sets in by finding ways to stay active with your baby. Set the example of regular physical activity regardless of your external environment. Bundle up for a stroller or baby carrier walk, design an at-home workout you can do with your baby (Instagram is a great place for mommy-and-me workout inspiration), and don’t forget to give baby plenty of tummy-time so they can get their workout in!
What do you do to keep your baby safe and healthy in the fall?