How Can I Tell If My Baby Is Warm Enough While Sleeping?

Making sure your baby is comfortable and safe is one of our top priorities. Making sure your baby is warm enough while sleeping is definitely one of those priorities. Newborn babies need to be kept warm. Your baby doesn’t have the ability to adjust her body temperature the way you do, so it’s up to you to keep her at the right temperature.

There are plenty of things you can do to make sure your baby is warm enough while sleeping. One of the first things to do is to make sure the room temperature is safe and comfortable. The thermostat should be set between 68′ 72′. This is the optimal setting so your baby won’t have to be bundled up all the time, but will be comfortable at night.

Dressing your baby:

As a general guide, dress and cover your baby according to how you are dressed. Many parents’ think that babies need to be bundled-up more than adults, but that’s not true. Most pediatricians will recommend you dress your baby how you are dressed, but with one more light layer on top.

Layered clothing keeps baby warmer than say just one thick, chunky sweater would. So choose light undershirts and easy to remove tops and layer according to the weather.

Avoid drafts. Don’t place your baby near the draft of an open door, open window, or in front or above a hot or cold air vent. Ceiling fans can also create a breeze that is too cool for baby, even in the warm summer months.

How can I tell if my baby is warm enough while sleeping?

You can feel your baby’s feet and head to see if she’s cold. Take a good look at her too. If her skin is blotchy and her extremities feel cool to the touch, add a layer or cover her head and feet since that’s where most body heat escapes. A light hat or cap will help keep her head warm and footed sleepers or some socks will help keep her feet warm.

How can I tell if my baby is too warm while sleeping?

Over-heating, in rare instances, can be the cause of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). An over-heated baby may sleep too deeply to arouse herself if she starts to have breathing problems. Making sure your baby is not too hot while sleeping is just as important as making sure she is warm enough.

If your baby is damp or sweating, that’s a good sign that she’s over-bundled and moisture is accumulating on her skin. Excess moisture can lead to prickly heat, even in the winter, so take a layer off or change your baby’s clothing so more air can flow over her skin.

Swaddling is a wonderful method to calm fussy babies, but make sure they don’t get too hot while being swaddled. Dress them in only a light sleeper or onesie, or even just their diaper if the weather is hot. Check baby often, and adjust their clothing accordingly.


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