Here comes the chill and with it comes a whole new set of things to consider for your family. The air is cold and dry, the roads are icy and germs are being passed around like, well, germs. So as I've been preparing for old man winter, I noticed that certain things topped my list of needs. They are the things I always have ready to go when the cold weather, snow and ice start to threaten.
Here is my list.
1. Cool mist humidifier: We live in a small cottage with electric heat. It gets DRY here. So in our bedrooms we run a cool mist humidifier religiously. It keeps us all from waking with dry nasal passages and is good for our respiratory system. A bonus is that it's good for the skin too!
2. Perfume and dye free lotion or balm: Again because of the dry air it is important to protect baby (and mama's!) delicate skin and soothe any chapping. We use Cetaphil. Others rave about Aquaphor, CeraVa or Vanicream. And still others swear by plain old Lubriderm. Find the one that works best for your family and keep a tub handy all winter long.
3. Prepare for middle of the night sickies: I double and triple check my stocked "Sick Kid Box". Keep all the things you may need in one place for dealing with a sick kid in the middle of the night- A reliable thermometer, fever reducer, washes cloths, eucalyptus rub, nasal aspirator or bulb syringe and saline spray. Having it all there at 3 A.M. with a feverish kid is such a relief.
4. Prep the car: Bulky coats and bundle me-type infant seat accessories are unsafe to use in a car seat (Unless them come with your seat). So I prep our car by keeping warm blankets in the center between the two car seats. Heating the car before taking the kids out is key. If I can't do that, I put the kids coats on backwards so that they can be strapped into their seat first and the coat goes on backwards overtop.
5. Replace all of the filters: Clean or replace the filters in your furnace, air purifiers and humidifiers. Clean out any floor vents or floor heating units before turning your furnace on and then again after it's been running a few days. This will greatly reduce risk respiratory problems from mold and dust for the entire family.
So now it's your turn! How do you prepare for the cold weather? What routines or things can you not live without when winter hits?
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