The key points
- Babies sleep well when it’s not too hot or too cold.
- Make sure to dress your baby in enough clothing that they are warm and dry without blankets.
- Sleeping bags for infants are safe and keep babies warm over the night.
The basics of dressing baby for bed
Layers of fitted clothing are better than pajamas. Layers can be added or removed depending on the temperature.
No beanies or hats in bed
Babies cooldown by exchanging heat from their heads.
Beanies and hats can cause babies to overheat quickly. It’s vital to leave your baby’s hair uncovered during sleep. Also, headwear in bed can pose a danger of suffocation or choking.
Although your baby might feel cool in his hands and feet, this is not a good temperature indicator. Feeling your baby’s back or tummy can help you determine how hot they are.
To keep your baby’s bedroom cool, you can install a ceiling or floor fan. A plug-in fan with a motor is best placed on the opposite wall of the room from your baby.
A heater can be used to heat your baby’s room if it is extremely cold. To ensure that your baby’s room does not heat up, keep the door slightly open.
To warm your baby in colder weather, don’t use hot water bottles or electric blankets.
Too hot can cause sudden unexpected death in infanthood (SUDI), including SIDS and fatal sleep accidents. Your baby should always be comfortably warm, not too hot, sweaty, or cold.
Wrapping for babies
Wrapping helps babies sleep better and allows them to rest comfortably on their backs.
Wrapping your baby in lightweight cotton or muslin wraps is a good option. Wrapping your baby should not go over his shoulders; cover his ears or chin. Wraps too high can block your baby’s ability to breathe and lead to overheating.
You should also ensure that your baby has enough space to move around and that the wrap doesn’t pinch too much at their hips and chest. Too tight a wrap around a baby’s chest and legs can cause hip and breathing problems.
Wrapping babies can be done from the time they are born up to the time they show signs of rolling onto their stomach. This usually takes around four months.
Sleeping bags for babies
A safe infant sleep bag is a great option to dress your baby for bed. The best way for your baby to have his head and face covered is with a properly-sized sleeping bag.
Also, a safe sleeping bag for infants is a great option.
- Reduce the chance of SUDI, SIDS, and fatal sleeping accidents
- Stop your baby’s roll on their stomachs during sleep
- Keep your baby’s legs contained so that they don’t reach the rails of the cot.
Tog ratings are available for some sleeping bags. This rating can help you choose the right sleeping bag for your needs in various temperatures. However, a TOG rating should only be used as a guide. It’s not a safety standard.
Make sure your baby is not able to slide down into the bag and get completely covered. Red Nose suggests that you choose a sleeping bag with a fitted neck, armholes and no hood.