When the nights get colder it is hard to know what to wear to keep yourself warm at night, let alone what your baby should be wearing. It is the age old question that worried parents ask… how do I stop my baby getting cold at night?
They can’t tell you they are cold, and you don’t want them to get too warm either. So how do you find that happy balance where they are just right? Let’s explore the best way to keep your baby warm at night during the colder months.
How Do I Stop My Baby Getting Cold At Night?
The Room At Night
It is important to keep your baby warm and cozy at night, but it is dangerous for them to be too warm. Overheating can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is also known as cot death. So you definitely want to prevent overheating from happening.
Your baby’s room should be a comfortable temperature at night, not too warm and not too cold. The ideal temperature is around 18°C, but it could be anywhere within the range of 16°C to 20°C. If the temperature falls below 16°C then you should turn a heater on to take the chill off the air, but do not heat the room beyond 20°C. If you find that your baby's room is consistently below 16°C, then consider investing in thick, lined curtains and close them before sunset. That should help to trap heat in the room.
You can keep a thermometer in their room to monitor the temperature and to keep it at a safe and comfortable heat. If you walk into the room and feel comfortable (while wearing a standard amount of clothing) then it should be the appropriate temperature.
Make sure that your baby’s cot or bassinet is not placed near the heating source as this can increase the chances of overheating. Also make sure that any electric or fan heaters are not pointed in the direction of your baby's bed.
Never use an electric blanket on your baby's bed. If you are worried about them having to lay on a cold mattress, then you can warm it by putting a hot water bottle or wheat bag down just before they are due to go to sleep. But always remove it before putting your baby into bed.
How Do I Know If My Baby Is Warm?
Now that you have the room the right temperature, it is time to make sure your baby is going to be warm in bed. The best indicator for warmth is to feel their tummy, chest, or their back. Test if they feel warm to the touch and adjust their layers of clothing accordingly.
Here are some signs that they are too hot or too cold:
Too Hot - Sweaty, damp hair, heat rash
Too Cold - Cold to the touch, blotchy or blue hands and feet
Too hot, too cold, just right, it sounds a bit like Goldilocks! She was hard to please, but getting the right balance right for your baby shouldn't be anywhere near as tricky!
The secret is layers. It is better to dress your baby in several light layers than one thick one. That way you can take layers off if they are too warm, or add a layer on top if they are cold.
What Should My Baby Wear To Bed?
The ideal sleepwear for a baby is a sleepsack. Not only do you remove the worry of loose blankets, but your baby can't kick them off, pull them over their head, or expose their little extremities to the cold.
The inbetweenie sleepsack is the perfect option as your baby's arms and feet are enclosed in the warm cocoon. They are quite literally snug as a bug in a rug! Made from all natural cotton with a soft neckline and cuffs, this sleepsack is suitable for all year round. It's zip closure makes it super easy to manage and the enclosed arms act as a great transition from the swaddle (and provide extra warmth on chilly nights!)
With any sleepsack, to add warmth we would recommend first increasing the layers of clothing underneath. A vest, sleepsuit and socks is a good start for colder nights. But on particularly chilly nights, you can add a lightweight breathable blanket on top for extra warmth. Our gorgeous merino blankets are the ideal addition to your baby's bed.
The luxurious honeycomb design is made from the softest merino wool. Merino is the perfect fabric to use on your baby's bed as the fibres actively regulate body temperature, forming a microclimate around your baby. That means it easily adapts to the body's temperature, even as the conditions change through the night. It helps your baby to retain the optimum safe body temperature right through the night.
As with any blanket, we recommend you follow the SIDS guidelines to ensure all loose corners are tucked in and your baby is placed at the foot of the bed.
It can be such a worry to think about your baby being warm enough at night and not overheating under dangerous fabrics like polar fleece. Stick with completely safe natural fibres like the cotton and merino used in Girl + Boy products. Check out our range at the shop now.