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#1 of 4 Old 02-22-2010, 07:35 PM - Thread Starter
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I think the title says it all I need some advice on taking my Florida-born 16month old to Grand Forks next week. My husband's grandmother is turning 85, and she has yet to meet her only great-grandchild. We decided on a whim last night to spring for a visit. Tickets are bought, everything is arranged, I even bought Meadow a fleece bunting suit for the occasion.

But please tell me, what can I expect? How on earth do you keep a baby warm in such cold weather?? It's so warm and humid down here, will the dry cold be a shock to the system? Do I need to worry about keeping her hydrated? And are there any articles of clothing I need for her (bear in mind, she usually doesn't even wear socks, so if there are things I need to buy, tell me now!) or any tips for keeping warm? Our plan is just not to go outside if possible!

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I took my dd to visit her grandparents in Alaska for Christmas when she was a year old. We live in Colorado and I was still freaked out. Many of the things you might need, you might not be able to get where you are. Hat, gloves, my dd had a thermal union suit. Socks and shoes/ boots, etc. But you never know we went to South Dakota last year for our spring break and it was beautiful. The next week it snowed three feet.
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The key is to dress in layers. That way if you get warm, you can remove layers and if you get cold, you can add layers. I would say your best bet would be jeans or pants, onesie or shirt, and a sweater for most days. If you have thick tights, she could wear a dress. You will certainly need mittens, hat, jacket or snowsuit and some boots. You probably won't find a lot of that in Florida or here for that matter as it is all being clearanced out!! But maybe you could see if there is a family friend who has a child close to the age of your DD. That way you could borrow it and not have to buy a bunch of stuff you won't use again.

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I felt the same way bringing my winter baby to a hot humid place.

Make sure to hydrate, definetely. Lotion on the skin will help alleviate some of the itchy dryness. Obviously warm clothing when outside......
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