It can be difficult to know how to keep your baby healthy during the cooler months. Here are five easy tips we suggest to get combat the cold winter months:
- Make sure you, mom, are getting enough vitamin D
Breastmilk contains so many beneficial properties. It provides antibodies that help protect your baby from illnesses. It also provides many vitamins and minerals. Vitamin D that is produced from the skin and consumed by the mother is transferred to the baby through breastmilk, but not in high amounts.
The best way to receive vitamin D is from the sun, but unfortunately, the sunlight on the north side of the equator is not strong enough during the winter months.
Ensuring that you consume vitamin D from food sources, such as salmon, mushrooms, and fortified beverages, is recommended but sometimes it can be difficult to consume enough vitamin D. Ddrops provides vitamin D supplements that provide 1000 IU of vitamin D2 (or D3) in just a single drop – a really easy and convenient way to ensure you’re consuming enough vitamin D for yourself and your baby.
- Provide a vitamin D supplement
Even with your great action of making sure you get enough vitamin D to help boost the vitamin D intake of your baby through breastmilk, you may also want to consider a vitamin D supplement for your baby. Health Canada recommends that all healthy, breastfed term babies receive a daily vitamin D supplement of 400 IU every day.
- Make sure your baby gets enough sleep
Sleep is essential for a baby since they are so busy growing! A newborn to 6 months of age needs 16-20 hours of total sleep a day1. Once they are about four months of age the amount of time they sleep will reduce to 13-17 hours of total sleep a day.
- Focus on proper nutrition
Proper nutrition is more important for mothers than babies since babies rely on breastmilk during the first months of life. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you are consuming enough fruit and vegetables to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals in your breastmilk. What you eat has a huge effect on the overall status of your breastmilk. To find out more information about foods and breastmilk, check out this article.
- Practice proper hygiene
Babies like to put their hands in their mouth so ensure that you keep their hands clean!
It can feel overwhelming to ensure the health of your baby, but by taking these steps, you’ll have no problem fighting off the winter cold.
Diana Beirnes is a Ddrops Guest Blogger. She is a nutritionist, cyclist, and Raw Food Chef who loves to experiment in the kitchen. She is passionate about sharing a healthy lifestyle with others and is drawn to coaching friends and family about the importance of food and supplements. Diana believes in a holistic life and practices this by eating vegan, using all natural products, and using recycled products whenever she can.
1 Burnham, M.M., Goodlin-Jones, B.L., Gaylor, E.E., & Anders, T.F. Nighttime sleep-wake pattersn and self-soothing from birth to one year of age: a longitudinal intervention study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2002 Sep; 43(6): 713-725.