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Baby, it's cold outside


1. Often the central heating is switched on in the winter months, which means that there may be little or no need for extra bedding. Use a room thermometer to judge the temperature. It’s important to bear this advice in mind whatever room you’re in as living rooms, for example, are often warmer than bedrooms. Babies do not need hot rooms and all night heating is rarely necessary. Keep the room at a temperature between 16-20ºC.

2. Use lightweight blankets or a lightweight baby sleeping bag. Check your baby regularly and if they are sweating or their tummy feels hot, take off some of the bedding. Don't worry if their hands or feet feel cool, this is normal.

If your baby feels too warm, reduce the number of layers of blankets or use a lower tog baby sleeping bag. If you feel your baby is cold, then you could put an extra vest on your baby or tuck in an extra lightweight blanket, but never use a quilt or duvet. Babies who are unwell and feverish need fewer clothes and bedclothes.

3. Babies need to lose excess heat from their heads. Make sure their head cannot be covered by the bedclothes by sleeping them 'feet to foot' (with their feet to the foot of the cot) so they don't wriggle down under the covers. If you use a sleeping bag, make sure the opening at the neck is not so large that the baby’s head can slip through it and get covered by the bag.

Babies should never sleep with a hot water bottle or electric blanket. Do not sleep a baby next to a radiator, heater or fire.

4. Remove hats and extra clothing as soon as you come indoors or enter a warm bus, train or shop, even if it means waking your baby.

21st November 2007, 10:27
Page updated 5th Oct 2015, 13:25
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