Mother and Baby

What should your newborn wear to sleep?

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. 

Bedtime outfits for newborns:

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1) Ollie the Owl Grobag, £24.95, Amazon

This Ollie the Owl GroBag is perfect for little ones to sleep in at night, as you won't have to worry about your baby kicking off their blanket. Available in different tog sizes to suit different weather. 
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2) White elephant cotton pyjamas, £12.99, H&M

These footless all-in-one pyjamas made with soft organic cotton jersey will keep newborns cosy at night when sleeping safely in their cot. Also available in other designs.
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3) Newborn swaddle bag, £49, Baby Mori

Suitable for newborns from 15 days up to 3 months, babies will feel comfortable and safe in the newborn swaddle bag. Made from bamboo and organic cotton, the soft material is gentle on little ones skin and is allergy friendly. It's a safe and comforting way of replicating the wombs natural cuddle.
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4) Blue animal friends sleepsuits, £16-£17, Mothercare

This handy 3-pack of sleepsuits are perfect for night time, and ideal for layering up with a bodysuit underneath, as well as keeping those little toes cosy. 
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5) Minnow adventure travel Grobag, £19.99, Gro Store

No additional sheets or blankets are required with the Grobag and they're perfect for keeping little ones at a comfortable temperature. 
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6) Regal scallop sleepsuit, £32.50, Baby Mori

Beautiful and made from organic materials for the softest and safest sleep. This pretty sleepsuit features poppers for easy nappy changes during the night.
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7) Elephant print sleepy sac, £20, JoJo Maman Bebe

This elephant print sleep sac is both comfortable and adorable, keeping little ones safe and feeling secure. You can even have the sleep sac personalised with your little ones names!

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  • Author: Samantha Ball Samantha Ball
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Samantha is a mum of one, in a house full of boys and became a volunteer at a Hospice at 11 years old, helping to fundraise for 10 years. Her hobbies are long hikes, coffee tasting, and being a bit of an *obsessive* cleaner.

She also runs a blog Student Mum Diaries about what it’s like to be a student mum.