As the mercury drops and the long nights draw in during the run-up to Christmas, it’s important to think about how to ensure your baby stays the same temperature at nighttime. Too cold and baby won’t sleep properly while becoming too hot is potentially dangerous for baby. It is a fine balancing act of child care and parental responsibility!
It’s important not to let your baby get too warm. Overheating a baby is linked to an increased risk of sudden infant death so it’s important to make sure both your baby and the room temperature are kept between 16-20c.
What should I dress my baby in at night?
Thankfully, there is a range of sleep products designed to help keep your baby cosy without overheating.
One of our favourites for newborns is the Love To Dream 2 Pack Warm 2.5 Tog Starter Pack. A 2.5 tog swaddle bag is ideal for colder temperatures and eliminates the need for extra blankets in the cot which helps baby to sleep safely.
The Starter Pack helps maintain the ideal temperature for winter nights and it also acts as an ingenious swaddling solution to help parents achieve the perfect swaddle every time. It’s so much easier than the traditional method of swaddling with a blanket.
Invest in a bedroom thermometer
If you’re wondering what to dress your baby in for nighttime and daytime naps as the weather gets colder, it’s a good idea to invest in a bedroom thermometer so you can measure how warm your babies sleeping environment is. Once you know the ambient temperature, then you can dress them according to Love To Dream’s handy clothing guide below:
Our favourite features of the Love To Dream Swaddle UP™
The unique “arms up” design of the Love To Dream Swaddle UP™ helps baby sleep in a natural sleeping position as opposed to wrapped down by their side as with a traditional swaddle. The arms up design helps baby to self soothe as they can reach their mouth with their hands. The comfort of a close-fitting fabric swaddle helps to prevent the natural startle reflex from waking them up.
The Love To Dream Swaddle UP™ has been designed to be hip healthy and is endorsed by the Hip Dysplasia Institution. The Swaddle UP™ allows babies legs to fall into their natural, relaxed wide open position. It gives them the ability to move freely which helps to promote hip health. This is very different from a traditional swaddle technique that sees babies being swaddled with their legs straight down. All of these things combined help baby to sleep comfortably for longer.
It’s a fact that parents have reported getting almost double the sleep after switching to a Love To Dream Swaddle UP™, with an average 7.42 hours sleep compared with just 3.83 hours sleep before switching, according to a survey of 1242 parents.
So, if you are wishing for the gift of more sleep this Christmas then the Love To Dream Swaddle UP™ should be top of your list!
If you’re a new mummy or daddy then it’s definitely worth investing in Love 2 Dream’s Bath and Bed bundle, combining three products often purchased together.
For a winning bath and bedtime team the bundle consists of:
1. A Cuddledry handsfree towel in grey star
We’re huge fans of the multi award-winning Cuddledry towel. A luxuriously soft bamboo towel perfect for wrapping baby up snug and warm after a bath.
2. A Cheeky Rascals Bath Support
Bathing a newborn baby can be a daunting task, but with the Cheeky Rascals Bath Support you’ll have the confidence you need to keep baby bath time safe and fun.
3. A Love To Dream Swaddle (size small) 1.0 Tog Original
The ingenious Love To Swaddle UP combines all the benefits of a traditional swaddle with the ease-of-use and safety of a sleepsuit. The soft, clingy fabric around the baby replicates the feeling of being in the womb, while arms are up in a natural position and hips are free to wriggle and move.