Now that winter has well and truly set in, you might be changing up your baby’s sleep habits a little. By that I mean what they’re wearing to bed, and not letting them stay up a little later! It’s important to assess sleeping conditions regularly to ensure that you’re following safe sleep guidelines, and also to minimise reasons for your child to wake up! Here’s a quick guide to winter sleep for babies.
While your baby is sleeping inside, there are several factors that you need to consider to ensure a proper, uninterrupted sleep. The following check list should help:
- Check your baby’s layers. Too many can cause over heating, so make sure you remove them when you get inside. Small babies cannot regulate their own temperatures so you need to do it for them. Keep layers to a minimum.
- Check the room temperature. When winter sets in we tend to crank up the heating, but it’s important to check that it’s not up too high. A safe room temperature for your baby is between 68 and 72 degrees F- set your thermostat so you know the temperature is safe.
- Use a sleeping bag. Too many blankets are not safe for your baby, and many parents find that a sleeping bag is more convenient anyway.
- Aways place baby to sleep on the back.
- No extra layers if you co sleep. And remember that your baby should not sleep under your duvet. If you get cold, layer up.
- Keep baby’s bed away from heaters.
- Check baby regularly. Place your hand on the back of the neck or tummy. If baby feels clammy and warm, it’s time to remove a layer.
It’s fine to allow your baby to sleep outside in winter. Use your instincts, and follow this checklist for safety.
- One extra layer. When you go outside, your baby will generally need one more layer than you. Snow suits are great for providing extra insulation.
- Don’t forget the hat! Babies lose heat very quickly through the head, so always make sure you pop one on- and don’t forget to remove it when you go back inside.
- Blankets! Always keep an extra blanket handy so that if the temperature drops while you’re out you can layer up.
- No blankets in the car. As soon as the car has warmed up, take that blanket away.
- No thick coats or snow suits in the car! Also ensure that straps go under blankets and not over.
- Trust your instincts. Fresh air is fantastic for us all, but if it starts to get really cold it’s time to come in. Check on your baby regularly.