During the winter months, it can be hard to know what our little ones need to wear to stay warm and cosy, so we, at Babocush, have put together some winter warmer suggestions to make the colder days and nights that little bit cosier.
It's unusual for a baby's room to need heating during the night, but make sure you keep the room at a comfortable temperature. The room should be between 16-20°, with 18° being the ideal temperature. It should feel comfortable to a lightly clothed adult, though a room thermometer is the best way to be certain.
Choose a fitted sheet and layers of cotton blankets for your baby's cot, not a duvet to keep your baby warm in bed. You can add or remove layers of blankets depending on if your baby is too hot or too cold. Sleepsuits are the ideal nightwear for babies: they’re unrestricted and all in one piece, so nothing will come untucked. Many also have enclosed feet and cuffs to keep those little hands and feet toasty warm.
The rule of thumb if you’re venturing out into the crisp, fresh air is that babies need one more layer of clothing than you do. This means dressing them in their winter outfit and then slip them into a snowsuit just as you’re leaving. Choose a snowsuit with a good layer of insulation, with feet attached and possibly mittens too.
A hat is essential, for your little one, when stepping out in the cold. This stops heat escaping from the top of the head – a major heat-loss zone for children.
Gloves or mittens will help to keep the chill off little fingers and, even if the suit has feet attached, keep your baby’s socks on too. Remember to always remove your baby's hat and any extra layers of clothing as soon as you come indoors after being outside. Take care to do this if you go inside any shops. Many shops are kept very warm, and your baby could easily overheat.
How to know if my baby is too hot or too chilly
Don't feel your baby's hands or feet to check out if they are warm enough as it is normal for them to feel cool. Feel your baby's tummy to see if he is getting too hot or too cold and adjust his bedding accordingly. If your baby is too hot, remove one or more blankets as needed. If your baby is cold, add a layer. Some other signs that your baby may be too hot may include sweating, damp hair, and heat rash.
However, remember, if your baby has a fever; they'll need less, not more, bedding.
We hope these ideas help keep your little one feeling toasty from head to toe this winter.
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