Keeping baby safe and warm in winter: night time!It's tempting to bundle up baby nice and warm for bed in winter, but in this day and age, with many of us having central heating throughout the house, this isn't necessary. So how do you know baby is dressed just right and what should baby wear?
1) Use a room thermometer. The ideal room temperature is 16-20C for sleep.
2) Use the appropriate amount of layers of bedding
24°C/75°F - 1 sheet only
21°C/70°F - 1 sheet plus 1 layer of blanket
18°C/65°F - 1 sheet plus 2 layers of blanket
15°C/60°F - 1 sheet plus 3 layers of blanket.
Don’t forget – if the blanket is folded over it counts as 2 layers!
Or you could use a baby sleeping bag of the correct tog rating. Grobag have a useful infographic for this as you can see in the attached picture. I personally really like sleeping bags, because they stay in place so no kicking off blankets and getting cold or getting tangled in blankets.
3) No hats indoors
4) Don't put baby's bed right next to the radiator.
5) If you want to check if baby is cozy and warm, check their back or chest. Baby hands get cold really easily.
Stay warm this winter!
Doula Elke x
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