How Should You Dress Baby for Sleep?
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Your baby's normal body temperature is usually between 36.5°C and 37.5°C (unless he or she has a fever). However, we also know that babies are very sensitive to temperature changes, so it's important to know how to dress them accordingly.
Here are a few tips on how to dress your baby at night to prevent him from getting too hot or too cold.
What Is a Normal Temperature for Your Baby?
Between 36.5°C and 37.5°C.
However, it is important to know that at the beginning of his or her life (especially the first two months), your baby has more difficulty regulating body temperature. The slightest temperature change can be felt by your baby, forcing him or her to compensate by expending more energy.
Because your baby's body adapts to the ambient temperature, his or her extremities (hands, feet) tend to be colder.
To prevent your baby from getting too cold, or too hot and starting to sweat excessively, it is important to dress him or her with the right clothes (see below).
What Should the Temperature Be In Your Baby’s Room?
Sources on this subject differ somewhat, but most agree that 20°C is a comfortable temperature for a newborn (or young baby). The INSPQ indicates that between 20-22°C, there should be no problem.
Want a tip for knowing whether your baby's room is at the right temperature? Trust your own feelings. If you are comfortable, your baby should be too.
The most important thing to remember is to avoid potential heatstroke by covering your baby too much. This can be very dangerous and can even lead to sudden death.
What Clothes Should Your Baby Wear in Bed?
If the room temperature is around 20°C, one-piece organic cotton pajamas will be suitable. Avoid pajamas that have bows, ribbons, or strings, as this can be a strangulation hazard.
If you are looking for pajama ideas, here is our selection of baby girl pajamas and baby boy pajamas.
In addition to pajamas, pediatricians recommend using a sleeper or blanket to cover your baby at night until around 18-24 months.
Looking for a baby sleeper? We will soon have the opportunity to introduce you to our lovely Deux par deux sleepers! :)
How Do You Know if My Baby Is Too Hot at Night?
Touch the back of the baby's neck. If it's wet, it's because he or she is too hot. Also, check for any other physical signs of discomfort:
- Red/pink cheeks;
- Wet hair;
- Clammy hands;
- Jerky breathing;
- Physical agitation or bad mood;
- Heat rash.
If, on the other hand, you feel that his hands, ears, and feet are colder than normal, it is a sign that he is cold and should be covered more.
What if My Baby Is Too Hot or Too Cold?
My Baby Is Too Hot
If he or she is too hot, the first step is to remove a layer of clothing. If the temperature is above 24-25°C, replace the cotton pajamas with a short-sleeved diaper cover. If it starts to get very hot (over 27°C), don't hesitate to remove all clothes (except the absorbent layer) or leave him with a very light t-shirt to absorb the sweat.
My Baby Is Too Cold
If your baby is too cold, you can have him wear thicker, long-sleeved pajamas, as well as a pair of socks and a small hat.
We hope you found this guide to dressing babies at night helpful. Feel free to browse through our collection of baby's first pajamas to find the right clothes.