As the winter months are fast approaching and many of you are probably wondering how to dress your baby or toddler so that they are toasty and warm and comfortable overnight.
Ideally we want the room temperature between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. If you can control the temperature in the room with reverse cycle/split system airconditioning or a small heater with a thermostat then that is great. If you are going to use a small stand alone heater, buy a timer plug and set the heater to come on at 2am and then turn off at 7am. That way you are making sure you are only using the heater when it is the coldest part of the night and saving on your electricity bill. For split systems and reverse cycle you can just set these on auto and they will come on and off as needed to keep the room at the same temperature the entire night.
Do not have your child’s bassinet, cot or bed under any windows. Glass can get very cold during the cooler, winter nights and this can make the area next to the window quite cold. Cold draughts can also come in through the cracks in the window (If your windows don’t seal properly and the room gets particularly draughty you can buy foam tape from hardware stores like Bunnings that will help to prevent any draughts coming in).
WHAT SHOULD MY BABY OR TODDLER WEAR?
As soon as your baby is unswaddled, I recommend switching to an appropriate TOG-rated sleeping bag. This ensures that your child will be comfortable all night no matter what the temperature. A TOG rating measures the thermal warmth of a product – the higher the TOG rating, the higher the thermal warmth (i.e. The thicker the sleeping bag).
The beauty of a sleeping bag is that you just layer clothing underneath it. Your baby or toddler will not understand how to pull a blanket up if they are cold until they are around 3 years of age – they just will not have the developmental capacity to do so. I recommend keeping your child in a sleeping bag until 3 to 4 years of age. Blankets under 12 months of age are also a huge SIDS risk.
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If the room is going to get very cold and you have no way of heating it, I would recommend putting socks on before bedtime. Buying some pyjamas made out of merino wool would also really help as merino is really good at regulating body temperature.
In winter I would highly recommend the ergoPouch Sleep Suit (available in sizes from 2 months through to 6 years of age) - www.ergopouch.com.au
Lauryn Stanlake - Infant and Child Sleep Consultant