How to Dress Baby for Sleep

How to Dress Baby for Sleep

IDEAL ROOM & BODY TEMPERATURE

Let’s first start with the perfect room temperature for your infant or toddler, which ideally should be between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.  For your little one’s body temperature, the AAP says that a normal body temperature for a healthy baby is between 97 and 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit, which most doctors will agree with.  Keeping this in mind, it’s important to dress baby according to reduce chances of discomfort or overheating.  A great rule of thumb: dress baby in ONE additional layer that you’re what you’re comfortable wearing at night in the same room. 

HOW TO DRESS YOUR NEWBORN & INFANT

A great rule of thumb: dress baby in ONE additional layer that you’re what you’re comfortable wearing at night in the same room. I like to pair one article of clothing, with a seasonably-appropriate sleep sack. I recommend using a onesie and sleep sack for the summer months, or a long sleeves and a heavier sleep sack for the colder times of the year. 

The TOG indicates approximately how many blankets a sleeping sack or bag is equivalent to. Bags with rating 1.2 or below are for spring/summer use. Bags with rating 2-2.5 are for autumn/winter.  For Mamas with an infant still in a swaddle, a great combination would be a solid short-sleeve onesie paired with the Infant sleeping bag. Once your baby is able to roll from back to stomach, or shows signs of being ready, you'll want to gradually remove the swaddle by taking one arm out for 2-3 nights, followed by the other arm and keep baby swaddled waist-down or within a sleep sack as mentioned above.  And remember, any time you make changes to a baby's sleep, expect some fussing possibly while baby adjusts to their new night time outfits. (Always be sure to check with your doctor on how to correctly swaddle or wrap your new baby to avoid the chances of overheating.) 

HOW TO DRESS YOUR TODDLER (12+ MONTHS)

After 12 months, using a sleep sack is still a perfectly good solution to keep your little one’s feet warm at night, but also the age where you can introduce a blanket into the crib.  Sleep sacks will not only keep your toddler warm at night, but also safe; wearing a sleep sack at night makes it much more difficult for a curious toddler to throw a leg over the side of the crib.

WHAT NOT TO DO

The AAP firmly recommends nothing in the crib or bassinet under 12 months of age to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.  This includes heavy blankets, hats, beanies, or thick crib bumpers.  If you feel as though baby is cold, add an additional layer to his or her outfit.

OTHER SAFE SLEEPING TIPS: 

A well-rested baby is a SAFE baby.  Numerous studies have shown that overtired children sleep temporarily sleep harder & deeper than other babies, putting them at possible higher risks for medical conditions such as SIDS, blocked breathing, etc.  (If you suspect your baby is overtired, contact carley@littlelunasleep.com to discuss options specific to your sleep issues.)

  • Give your baby their own safe sleeping area in the same room as an adult for at least 6-12 months

  • Provide a safe sleeping environment for naps & nighttime

  • Always put baby down in sleeping area on their back, not their side or stomach

  • Have your baby sleep with their face and head uncovered

  • Keep baby in a smoke free environment

  • White noise is continuously running; a one with low rumbling controlled from a smart phone is best, our favorite is the Hatch Rest!

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