Updated: Nov 15, 2018
If you were anything like me today... the 40 degree temps prompted you to pull out your winter coats and mittens. Which then got me thinking about keeping the baby warm. You might have similar thoughts, how will I know if he is too hot or too cold? Is the house warm enough for her?
These are common concerns. It might surprise you to learn, extra blankets are not the answer to keeping your baby warm! So I thought I'd share three simple tips you can keep in mind this winter season.
1. Don’t “over-layer” your baby.
The rule of thumb for babies is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. So if you are wearing two layers, your baby will need three.
At night, make sure to dress baby in light clothing. If you believe she needs extra warmth, it is better to use one-piece sleepers or wearable blankets.
Remember, there should not be any blankets in your baby’s crib. Even during winter blankets, quilts, pillows, bumpers, sheepskins and other loose bedding should be kept out because they can cause over heating or suffocation.
2. Don’t “overheat” your baby.
To check if your baby is too hot while he is sleeping, touch the middle of his back. It should be warm, not sweaty.
Check your baby’s neck, legs, torso and arms. If they have a small rash or any red bumps, she could be overheating.
Set the temperature in your house between 68 and 72 degrees F. As long as your baby isn’t in too many thick layers, this temperature is the right balance between the chill outside and our body temperature. Yes, your baby’s body temperature is the same as yours.
3. Continue to follow the ABC’s of safe sleep. Even in the winter babies sleep safest Alone, on their Back and in their Crib.
Every year, hundreds of infants are born with no safe place to sleep. This holiday season; consider giving the gift of safe sleep in honor of a loved one. Donations made to Sleeptight will provide a portable crib to a baby in need throughout Hampton Roads.
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