How to dress your baby for winter sleep so that he is warm enough and not overheated – all the advice you need
know baby clothes sleep Winter months can be difficult for parents who want to Help your child sleep safely and soundly. When the temperature drops – too few layers can make you feel cold overnight, but too many layers and you risk overheating.
So what is the best choice and what to do sleeping bag should i choose? All your sleep questions are answered by her Kate Holmes, The Lullaby Trust’s Head of Support and Information.
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What clothes should your baby wear in winter?
“We know the cold weather can be a tough time for families and we know it’s tempting to wrap your baby up to keep him warm while he sleeps. However, overheating is associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and studies show that: Babies have been shown to be better off cool than too hot,” explains Kate.
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“To reduce the risk of overheating, avoid using thick bedding or duvets, and remove outdoor clothing and hats when indoors,” she adds.
Studies show that it’s better to be cool than too hot when your baby is sleeping
“During the winter, your baby can sleep in a tight-fitting baby sleeping bag (above shoulder height) or in a tight-fitting sheet/blanket.
“If you’re using a baby’s sleeping bag, don’t try to add a blanket over it.Choose a taller sleeping bag if the temperature is cooler, and layer the bedding if your baby is still cold. Do not use hot water bottles, microwaveable wheat bags, or electric blankets in your baby’s sleeping space (crib, crib, Moses basket, or adult bed) as they can overheat your baby . ”
Pack of 2 sleeping bags, 2.5 tog, from £24, John Lewis
How can I tell if my baby is too hot?
“Every baby is different. It’s important to check regularly to see if it’s too hot or too cold. If your baby is too hot, the back of the neck and chest will be sweaty, sticky, and the bedding will become sticky.” Or you’ll need to remove bedding to cool down,” recommends Kate.
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How can I tell if my baby is too cold at night?
The best way to check the temperature is to feel your baby’s neck and chest.
“Touching your baby’s hands and feet is not a reliable way to monitor their body temperature, as they will always feel colder than the rest of their body,” says Kate. Instead, check the neck and chest, and if you notice that your baby is too cold, layer up the clothes.
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What is the temperature in the baby’s room?
The recommended room temperature for babies is 16-20 degrees, but it can be difficult to maintain during the warmer months. While you may be tempted to use extra layers or heating to keep your baby warm, don’t place your crib right next to a radiator or point another heat source, such as a portable heater, directly at your baby. Babies can’t regulate their body temperature, so they can get too hot to leave the heat source.
Tommee Tippee Groegg Digital Thermometer, £30, Argos
For more information on creating safe sleep environments for babies, visit The Lullaby Trust.
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