Mother and Baby

Dressing your baby for bed

Section: Sleep
baby in bed

There's a lot to know about safe sleep for babies and sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, wondering if your little one is too hot or too cold. Young babies are unable to regulate their body temperature and they also release heat rapidly. Ensuring your baby isn't too hot is incredibly important and will also reduce the risk of SIDS

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. According to The Lullaby Trust, your baby's room should be kept between 16-20°C. 

What should my baby wear to bed?

When it comes to dressing your little one, remember that simple is always safest. Babies do not need to sleep under a duvet until they are much older. 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.

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, The Lullaby Trust say to "put your hand on the skin on their chest or the back of their neck."

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. 

Which tog count should my baby's sleep bag be?

Different sleep bags have different tog ratings, like a duvet, so you can buy them for different seasons and temperatures. Generally, the warmer the room, the lower the tog should be. Generally, a 2.5 tog tends to be of use all year round for standard room temperatures of 16-20. Take a look at our handy chart to give you an idea of the tog your baby needs:

sleep bag guideCheck out our guide: to choosing the right baby sleeping bag.

Bedtime outfits for babies:

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. 

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 womb's natural cuddle.

No additional sheets or blankets are required with the Grobag and they're perfect for keeping little ones at a comfortable temperature. 

Beautiful and made from organic materials for the softest and safest sleep. This pretty sleepsuit features poppers for easy nappy changes during the night.

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.

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!

  • Author: Emily Thorpe Emily Thorpe
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Having written for Mother&Baby magazine for four years where she wrote news, product pages, features and interviewed celebrities such as Paloma Faith and Fearne Cotton, Emily now works as Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online where she specialises in travel and product reviews. 


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