It’s difficult to know what your baby should be wearing as the seasons change. Its important your baby doesn’t get too hot or cold when the sleep because it can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). So how do we go about dressing baby appropriately for bed?

Sleep is generally more easily induced in a slightly cool room and studies show a room temperature of 16-19°C is ideal. If you like to sleep on the cool side of the pillow you’ll know what I mean. From here you’ll need to layer up with clothing and covers. It’s important not to overdress your baby for sleep – overheating increase the risk of SIDS . Using a fan can also increase the risk of SIDS by up to 70% so use with caution in those hot summer months!

The following information is only meant as a guide as all babies are different. What your baby wears will depend on the room temperature.

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Tog’s are a warmth rating system used for bedding and blankets. Think of each Tog as a thin layer of cotton. If you use fleece sleepsuits or have a thicker sleep sack you’ll most likely need to leave a layer (or two) out. Hats should be used with caution – it would be safer to keep your home slightly warmer.

Bedding

A Sleep-bag or fitted sheets and blankets are all you should use to keep your baby warm at night.

Never use duvets, quilts or pillows for babies under the age of one.

Remember if you fold your blankets over it provides twice the insulation.

If you are using sheets and blankets rather than a sleep bag, they should be firmly tucked in, no higher than babies armpit, with no loose ends that could obstruct your baby’s breathing. Sleep bags should be well fitted round the neck and arms so your baby cannot wriggle down inside.

Baby too hot to sleep?

You should judge your babies temperature by putting your hand on the skin on their tummy or the back of their neck. Hands and feet will always feel cooler than the rest of their body and should not be used as a guide. Babies are not very good at regulating their own temperature. Icy cold hands or feet are likely to disrupt sleep.

Baby is too hot if you feel the skin is sweaty or clammy and you should remove one or more layers.

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