Mothers face many challenges during winter. It can be difficult for babies to regulate their body temperature in winter, especially when it is freezing outside. This makes them more susceptible to colds, flu, and coughs.
It is important to know how you can keep your baby’s body temperature consistent during winter, especially at night. Keep reading to learn what you can do to keep your baby warm and comfortable during the cold winter nights.
Style Your Baby Right:
Layers that are easy to put on and take off during winter are the best ways to keep your baby warm. You don’t want to over-dress your baby in woolen or heavy clothes. Instead, you should wear a few layers of warm clothing that you can easily take off during diaper changes. It is a good rule of thumb to put on one layer more than you.
Get the Right Room Temperature:
Keep your baby’s room at 18 to 20 degrees Celsius. This will ensure that he doesn’t feel too hot or too cold. To check if your baby’s room is at a safe and comfortable temperature, use a room thermometer. The room should feel comfortable to an adult who is not fully clothed.
Use a Swaddle or a Sleeping Bag
When it is too cold outside, one-piece suits may not be enough to keep your baby warm. Wrap your baby in a blanket to ensure he has a restful, comfortable sleep during the cold nights. If your baby kicks the blankets out of his bed, you can use a sleeping bag (also called a wearable blanket) for him to go to sleep.
Baby, Take the Wind out of Yourself:
How comfortable your baby will sleep in bed depends on where the crib is placed. The crib or bassinet should be placed at least three feet from any outside walls, drafty windows, fans, air vents, or drafty windows. To prevent cold air entering the room, make sure to close all doors and windows.
Use a Firm mattress:
Use a waterproof mattress protector sheet to protect your baby’s crib from the cold. Too soft mattresses can not only pose a danger to your baby, but also increase the chance of him getting sick from the cold air entering the mattress. It’s better not to use them.
Cover Your Baby’s Head and Hands with
Baby’s lose a lot heat through their heads and hands so it is important to have a soft baby cap as well as lightweight mittens for warmth. If your baby is a thumb sucker by nature, it’s a good idea to have an extra pair mittens. You can also keep your baby’s feet warm with socks.
Preheat the Crib Before You Put Your Baby Down:
Preheating your crib can be a good option if you feel there is too much cold. To achieve this purpose, place a heating pad or hot water bottle over the crib sheet 30 minutes before your child goes to bed in the crib. To avoid overheating and burns, you should remove the sheet before laying your baby to sleep.