One of the horrors of parenting is guessing whether your baby is feeling warm or cold when they sleep at night. There are many signs to tell so, but sometimes, it can be quite a hassle to keep them warm at night without suffocating them with blankets that could possibly cause a risk factor for SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome.
With that said, how do you keep your baby warm at night without using blankets or anything that may suffocate them? This article can help you with some handy tips.
The first thing you will need to keep your baby warm is a set of good clothing. Babies need to dress up properly in order to face a cold night sleeping in their crib or bassinet (or wherever they sleep in). Here are the things you may need for your baby to stay and keep themselves warm:
1. Skullcap – this is like a beanie that covers your baby’s skull. It is important to keep their head warm due to the possibilities of getting cold and sickness when they are unprotected. Babies have a delicate skull so they need all of the protection they can get when they are still young. Choose one that covers the top of their head in a good way so that it is protected from the cold.
2. Pajamas – these long pajamas can be useful for keeping your baby warm and cozy. Pajamas with feet are also known as overalls and you can buy them from your local baby store or department store. They are available in different colors (although most are white) and if you choose a cotton one then it will be quite comfortable for your baby since it is easy on the skin. Also, do pick pajamas that are easy to put on and off, especially for wiggly little babies.
3. Wearable blankets – these are unique sleep sacks that, when worn, won’t get in the way of your child’s breathing due to the fact that it is not prone to tangles. Do keep in mind that you should choose blankets that are thin and breathable so that they won’t make your baby sweat too much. It’s a matter of putting them in layers (mentioned below) so that your baby won’t be prone to prickly heat or rash due to too much sweating.
4. Layer your baby clothes – in case your baby sweats too much, you should consider taking off one layer of clothing after another so that you can give breathability to your child. Avoid clothes that are too thick and instead, choose the breathable ones and then work your way in layers.
5. Mittens – you can also seek the aid of mittens other than the stuff we mentioned above. Mittens help keep their hands free from cold, especially when it’s the winter season. Just remember to keep it lightweight so that your child won’t feel suffocated with stuffy mittens.
6. Cotton materials – make sure your baby items are made from cotton as much as possible. Cotton is very breathable and is more advisable when you are wearing in layers, which is what you would want to avoid your little child from getting easily sweaty at night. Since cotton usually has a sheerer coverage than other materials, air will circulate much better with them so they can be worn in layers.
Baby Room Temperature
The ideal room temperature is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit for babies (about 18 to 21 degrees Celsius) and it needs to be somewhere in that line for your child to stay comfortable when sleeping. It is important to maintain a good baby room temperature, otherwise, your layers of clothing won’t’ have an effect if your room temperature is still too cold.
We have to keep in mind that babies can be curious when they grow older so they should be kept in a place that has safe heating measures yet keep them comfortable when sleeping. Here are ways you can maintain the temperature of the room your baby is sleeping in:
1. Space heaters – these are great for those rooms that are extra chilly, especially in the winter. They are small and easy to install, but make sure you don’t grab one that has no safety features, such as being fireproof. It pays to have a very safe space heater should your child know how to crawl their way out of the crib or baby bed. Also, do consider heaters that don’t give off too much noise and place it far away so your baby won’t easily reach it.
2. Warm up crib sheets – if your baby is using crib sheets that feel cold to touch, you can warm them up before your little one goes to bed. There are different kinds of crib sheets out there and some can be put in the microwave for added convenience.
3. Electric fan – circulating healthy air by the use of an electric fan is common in tropical countries. Electric fans can blow the air around so it can circulate oxygen so that it will help your little one to breathe better. There are electric fans that can blow away cold air and circulate the warm air from your space heater.
4. Thermometer or thermostat – to precisely check your room temperature, we recommend a good thermometer to let you know whether it’s too hot or too cold in the baby’s room. The same thing is true for when you use a thermostat for keeping your baby comfortable when they sleep.
To sum it up, keeping your baby warm at night doesn’t really take a lot of dollars to fulfill. All you need are a few tips and tricks to maximize the baby clothing that you have and the room that your baby sleeps in. Remember that it’s all about keeping a close eye to your baby when they are sleeping and checking if they are sweaty or cold, and then you can make the adjustments yourself.