Protect Baby from Harsh Winter Weather

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According to the National Institutes of Health, infants are at higher risk for SIDS during the colder months, probably as a result of excessive bundling and too-warm rooms. Experts don't fully understand why, "but we do know that overheating is dangerous for infants," says Rachel Y. Moon, M.D., a pediatrician at Children's National Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., and coauthor of 14 Ways to Protect Your Baby From SIDS. To be sure your infant stays safe (and comfortable), set your thermostat to about 70?F. Dress him in pj's -- perhaps with a one-piece underneath if it's really drafty indoors. Babies can suffocate if they wind up face-down on bumpers or other loose bedding, so avoid using a blanket and bumpers, Dr. Moon advises. If you're concerned that your sweetie might be too cold without one, zip him into a sleep sack for a snug night's rest.

Originally published in the December 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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