And it’s an even bigger challenge when baby won’t fall asleep in between feedings. This could be due to multiple factors, but it’s often because they aren’t warm enough in their crib.
Babies are used to being nice and toasty in the womb and enjoy sleeping in a similar environment.
Here are some easy ways to ensure your baby stays warm without overheating or jeopardizing their safety!
Tips to Keep Baby Warm
As a new mom, you’ll want to learn all the newborn baby hacks you can, especially when it comes to getting sleep. Experiment with the following methods and see which works best for your baby.
1. Set the proper temperature on your thermostat
The ideal room temperature for sleeping should be between 68 and 72 degrees. A room that’s hotter than 72 degrees can create a risk factor for SIDS. Adjusting your thermostat is usually enough to keep baby satisfied during warmer months.
Make sure their window is sealed well and without a draft. This can dramatically impact the temperature in their individual room even if other rooms in the house are normal.
2. Layer baby’s clothing
Depending on the time of year, an extra layer of clothing may be all it takes to keep baby warm.
Try doubling up on their PJs or adding a long sleeve shirt over their onesie, with two layers of pants.
A good rule of thumb is to dress them in one more layer than how you would want to sleep at night. So if you plan on wearing a light pair of pajamas, you baby would probably be comfortable in footless pajamas and a thin swaddle.
3. Introduce a sleep sack
It’s always a good idea to swaddle your baby for naptime and sleep time. This helps them feel safe and snug like in the womb. Swaddles also keep their hands close to their sides which prevents the startle reflex.
For added warmth, you can also try a sleep sack or baby sleep suit. These work similarly to swaddles, but are more secure with the addition of Velcro tabs or zippers.
These make a great safe blanket option for baby to keep them warm in colder months.
4. Use a safe space heater
If you can’t improve the temperature in your baby’s room with other methods or they don’t take well to a sleep sack, you can try using a space heater.
If you choose this option, make sure you follow these guidelines for fire safety:
- Don’t plug your space heater into a power strip. This can be a major fire hazard. Be sure to plug in directly to an outlet.
- Place the space heater away from your baby’s crib. These machines do a great job at heating a room and don’t not need to be close to the crib for good results.
- Make sure the model you purchase has an overheating sensor and shut-off feature in the event the space heater falls.
Take some time to sit in baby’s room with the heater to make sure it’s a comfortable and safe temperature. If you’re uncomfortable, they will be, too!
How to Tell if Baby is Too Hot or Too Cold
It can be hard to find the right balance of hot and cold for baby, especially because they have no way of communicating to us what their comfort level is. But here are some observations you can make to gauge whether your baby is cold or overheated:
If baby is too cold they may:
- Have a cold nose, cold hands or cold feet,
- Look pale,
- Act fussy.
- Or, have sudden sneezing.
If baby is too hot they may:
- Have flushed skin,
- Exhibit a rapid heartbeat,
- Act restless,
- Or, develop a sweaty neck.
If you notice any of these symptoms, adjust your efforts accordingly to make baby more warm or cool them down.
Cautions and Safety
It’s important to remember crib safety and any recommendations from your pediatrician. Here are some guidelines to always follow:
- Never introduce a blanket into baby’s crib until they are at least 1 year old.
- Remember to always place baby on their back to sleep.
- Once baby is able to roll over, you should no longer use sleep sacks or sleep suits.
- Co-sleeping can be dangerous for babies and should be avoided.
- Don’t allow stuffed animals or other loose items in the crib until at least 1 year old (that includes crib bumpers or extra fabrics for decoration).
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