To keep the baby healthy and promote quality sleep, the room your baby sleeps in should be between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Their clothes are also an important factor in their health and their sleeping comfort. Read this post if you’re wondering how to keep your baby cozy even during the winter.
Factors to Consider
You need to think about multiple factors when determining how to dress your baby: the room temperature, the number of layers they are wearing, and the warmth of their layers.
First, adjust the thermostat to keep the baby’s room between 68 and 72 degrees, if possible. If you can do that, they will need only the same basic coverings they’ve worn all year.
If your baby is going to need more help staying warm, you’ll need to start adding layers or purchasing warmer items.
Try footie pajamas, sleep sacks, and swaddles. Woolino sleep sacks will make your life much easier because they can be worn all year long for not-too-cold and not-too-hot perfection.
Don’t add blankets to keep babies under 12 months warm. You can more safely achieve the same effect with the right clothes and a sleep sack or swaddle.
How To Dress a Newborn for Sleep In Winter
Newborns can’t regulate their own body temperature, making our ability to keep them comfortable that much more important. You also don’t want to make them too warm, because being overheated increases the risk of SIDS.
Choose either footed pajamas with an all-year swaddle or sleep sack or a long sleeve onesie with a microfleece swaddle.
If your baby needs a little more, add a regular short sleeve onesie under their pajamas.
How Many Layers Should A Baby Have in Winter
The average rule for babies is to go one layer up. That means you will dress your baby similarly to how you’re dressing and covering yourself and add one more layer or choose a slightly warmer layer. If your baby is too young to have blankets safely, you will use the sleep sack or swaddle as their layer.
Keeping Babies Warm Without a Sleep Sack
If your baby needs a sleep sack or swaddle, but they hate them, you can make their pajamas warmer to compensate by choosing pajamas with a higher TOG (thermal overall grade) rating. Don’t judge by how the clothes feel to the touch. That’s not the same thing. Thicker is not necessarily warmer.
How to Tell If Your Baby is Comfortable
It can drive us a little crazy to wonder if our baby is too cold or too hot. You can tell by simply feeling them. Don’t judge by their arms or legs. They’ll always feel cooler there. You can best determine their temperature by touching them on the belly or back of the neck. They should feel just a tad warm, but not hot, sweaty, or clammy.
Schedule A Consultation with Petite Dreamers
Sleeping temperature is one of the factors of good sleep for adults and babies. If you have perfected your baby’s temperature and they aren’t sleeping well, you probably need to talk to a sleep consultant. Petite Dreamers are the most trusted baby sleep experts in Asia, and we can help your baby and family get the sleep they need. Contact us today!