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Say so long to your sunglasses and dig out the woolly hats, winter is coming! Whether you love the crisp and cold winter days or loathe them, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s going to get colder.
When you add having a small baby into the mix, it brings up new questions and concerns for every parent. How do I keep them warm at night without overheating? How can I tell if they are warm enough? Our guide to keeping your baby warm at night will tell you everything you need to know to get through these long cold nights.
the perfect temperature
The ideal temperature for your baby’s nursery should be between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius with 18 degrees being the ideal. If you don’t already have one, invest in a room thermometer to ensure your baby’s room is a safe and comfortable temperature.
a warm bath before bed
A warm bath before bed each night is both a great sleep signal and also one that can promote a good night’s sleep. After their bath wrap your baby in a warm towel and dry and dress them quickly to avoid them getting too cold. Continue with your bedtime routine such as a story or song and then tuck them up in bed.
Make sure your baby’s cot is situated away from radiators, heaters and out of direct sunlight. Never leave your baby in bed with a hot water bottle or use electric blankets.
maintaining the right temperature
Choosing the right bedding is essential to keeping your baby at a comfortable and safe temperature at night. Choose a fitted flannel sheet and use layers of cotton blankets. It’s easier to add and take away blankets as required when using layered cotton blankets. It is not advised to use duvets or pillows for babies under one year old.
Some parents choose to use a baby sleeping bag which has poppers so it can’t be kicked off. These come in different tog ratings so that you can choose the appropriate tog count for the room temperature. A 2.5 tog is suitable for a room that falls between 16 and 20 degrees C.
If possible, avoid having the radiator on in your child’s room overnight. If it is extremely cold, then have the heating on a low setting.
what to wear
Choose soft, cotton sleepsuits with feet to keep your baby comfortable and warm at night. You can also put a vest underneath for extra warmth if needed.
Never place a hat on your baby’s head at night.
how do I know they are warm enough?
If you are not sure whether your baby is too hot or too cold, the best way to check is by placing your hand on the back of their neck or their tummy. Babies’ feet and hands are not necessarily a good indicator of how hot or cold they are. Sweating, damp hair and heat rash are all indications that your baby is too hot.
If you believe your baby is too warm, you can remove one or two blankets as needed. If they are cold, you can add a layer.
Important notice - It is important to keep your baby warm at night but make sure you avoid overheating. Overheating is linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or cot death.
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