I’m partnering with Owlet for Baby Safety Month, all thoughts and opinions are my own.I’m so excited to be joining Owlet Baby Safety Month. Everyone who has ever brought a newborn home knows there are so many things a baby needs it can be overwhelming. I’m working with Owlet and a wonderful collection of bloggers to hopefully calm your nerves and arm you with all the information you need to keep your baby safe.
Fall is beautiful with the crisp cool air and leaves changing color. Winter brings its own beauty with crackling fires and fluffy white snow making everything look clean and new. Along with beauty, fall and winter bring cold and flu season which is a scary time to bring a newborn home. I’ve brought my two smallest babies home in November and December. I’ve dealt with a 4 month old in the hospital with RSV, a baby in the NICU with 3 older siblings at home and I feel like I’ve learned a thing or two about keeping germs far away from babies to help keep them healthy through the worst of cold and flu season.
Tip 1. Limit your newborns exposure to large groups of people. It’s best when possible to keep your newborn home and away from crowds during the first few months and to limit the number of people handling them. It’s much easier to be aware of germs that may be coming into contact with your newborn with a single person or a couple people at a time than it is with a group of people. This can be hard especially during the holiday season which brings us to tip 2.
Tip 2. It’s always okay to say no. People have given gifts, maybe brought in meals, or watched your other children so you can nap while baby naps…they just want to come in for a minute, they haven’t coughed in days. You can say no, you don’t need to say more than that if you don’t want to. Your newborn’s health is your number one priority and you don’t need to justify that.
Tip 3. I know it seems to be mentioned continually but frequent hand washing is a must. Having people wash hands immediately upon arrival is a good rule of thumb and its great to get your children in the habit of washing their hands before they leave the house and as soon as they come back home. Hand sanitizer is great to keep nearby but shouldn’t replace frequent hand washing.
Tip 4. If you’ve got other children (or family members) in the home who come down with a cough, runny nose, cold, or flu it’s a good idea to have surgical masks on hand. They can be found at most drugstores and do a great job keeping germs far away from your newborn.
Tip 5. Another tip when you’re fighting those germs is to replace hand towels with paper towels to help keep germs from spreading from person to person. Each person gets a clean towel to dry their clean hands on stopping cold and flu germs in their tracks.
Tip 6. Remember if you’re cold your newborn is even colder. Layers are perfect for newborns because their sensitive to cold and overheating. Hats, blankets, multiple light layers work best, they help keep babies warm when you’re outside and can easily be removed when you come inside to prevent overheating. Infants lose about 50% of their body heat from their heads so a well fitting stocking cap is a wonderful investment.
Tip 7. Ask questions. You have the right to ask friends and family if they’ve been sick or been around people who have been sick and you have the right to ask them to wait to come see your newborn if they have. “Just a cold” may work for being around adults and older children but what is just a cold for us can end your newborn back in the hospital, their little bodies can’t handle illnesses like ours can.
Tip 8. If you’re breastfeeding, keep breastfeeding, even if you get sick. You may feel like you’re putting your baby at risk being near them when you’re sick but if you take the proper precautions you’re actually doing them a favor. You’re passing on antibodies through your breastmilk for what you’re currently fighting! Be sure to put on a surgical mask and wash your hands before you begin to breastfeed and keep the surgical mask on until you’re completely done to help limit exposure to your cold/flu.
Tip 9. Routinely wipe down door knobs and light switches. This is a job that is great for the kids, hand them a disinfectant wipe in each hand and send them to work. I like to send them in groups of 2 or 3 on a loop through the house, some wiping doorknobs and some wiping light switches and someone else coming right behind them to do it again. So many germy hands touch door knobs and light switches constantly, you can’t risk forgetting about them.
I’ve now given you 9 tips to help keep your newborn healthy during cold and flu season. I hope you’ve found them helpful. I would like to leave you with one last tip.
Tip 10. Follow your gut. In all of my years of parenting I’ve never regretted following what I felt in my gut. If you feel like you should say no to a visitor, say no. If you feel like you need to skip this family gathering, skip it. If your newborn seems to be coming down with a cold and you can’t shake the feeling that you should call your doctor (or go in), do it. You may feel bad for saying no or feel silly for going in for *just a cold* but you’ll feel worse if you say yes or don’t go in and something happens. Don’t let someone, no matter how well meaning they might be talk you out of doing what you feel is best for you, your family, and your newborn.
I’m so glad to be a part of Owlet Baby Safety Month. I’ll be bringing my newest baby home in November and I’ll be using these tips to keep him safe. I’m also happy to know about the Owlet, after having a NICU baby I know the peace of mind that comes from all those monitors telling you your baby’s body is doing what it should and that they’ll alert you right away if it isn’t and the little bit of fear associated with each one being taken away and then the joy mixed with concern when you bring them home without those reassuring machines. The Owlet gives you back that peace of mind. The Owlet Smart Sock is designed to send alerts to the base station and to your smartphone via WiFi if your baby stops breathing while sleeping. Learn all about the Owlet Smart Sock by visiting OwletCare.com.
Make sure you check out MyMommyStyle.com tomorrow for tips on transitioning your baby to their own room.
I’m so excited about the giveaways we have for Baby Safety Month! Be sure to enter below for the chance to win one of the following prizes!
Owlet Baby Monitor ($249.99)
Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer ($49.99)
Evenflo SensorSafe Car seat ($149.00)
Burley Solstice Jogger ($399.99)