There's a lot to know about safe sleep for newborns and sometimes it can be a little overwhelming.
From knowing what tog size sleep bags to buy to how many layers your newborn should be wearing, we've got the guide to all your sleep worries about bedtime clothing.
During the night babies can overheat, either because the room is too hot, they have too much bedding or they're wearing too many clothes. To make sure your baby doesn't get too hot in the night, it's always worth checking the room temperature before getting your little one ready for bed, that way you can dress them appropriately.
What should my newborn wear to bed?
When it comes to dressing your little one, remember that simple is always safest. Don't overdo the blankets as little legs can kick loose blankets off, so if you can, try to avoid using them and use swaddles or sleep bags instead.
Different sleep bags have different togs, like a duvet, so you can buy them for different seasons and temperatures.
Your little one will also need more layers depending on how cold it is. Always start by dressing your little one in a vest, as this is all they would need to wear if the temperature is above 25 degrees. You can then pop them in a swaddle or sleep bag to keep them cosy.
If it's below 20 degrees, layer up your newborn with a sleepsuit. It's important to remember not to dress your baby in a hat or gloves for bedtime, even in cold weather.
How do I know if my baby is too hot?
To check if your baby is too hot, place two fingers on your baby's tummy, neck or back to see if they're sweating, feeling hot or clammy.
Other signs your baby is too hot are:
- Damp hair
- Flushed cheeks
- Rapid breathing
- Heat rash
If your little one feels hot to touch, start by taking a layer off of them and check them again in 10 minutes. You can always open a window slightly to help air circulate, too.
When checking to see how hot your baby is, remember not to check their hands or feet as these are often a lot cooler than the rest of their body.
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