It’s a question that fazes many parents – experienced or completely new to the game. We want to ensure that our babies are warm enough yet cool enough to be comfortable. It can be a real guessing game with a lot of trial and error involved until you find the perfect blend. But is there any science to the question “what should baby wear to bed” when you live in a country of extremes like Australia?
There are answers to be found. You just need to know where to look.
How to dress a newborn at night
This explanation will analyse the different schools of thought behind dressing newborns and older babies at night. Allowances must be made for extreme temperatures, either hot or cold, which we will discuss further.
When it comes to newborns, the key idea is to aim for layers instead of thick pyjamas. Using baby layers at night (and during the day) will help with body temperature regulation easier and reduce sweaty or discomfort.
Dressing in appropriate layers according to temperature and your baby’s individual needs (check closely with your maternal child health nurse or general practitioner to receive more tailored professional advice) will go towards eliminating the need for additional bedding. As we are all aware, SIDS is a risk that all parents must take very seriously. Putting your baby in temperature appropriate bedtime clothing is the smart way to stay safe.
In a similar vein, dressing your child in appropriate layers eliminates the need for hats or beanies. All good advice warns strictly against such a practice, and you must ensure that your babe is safe at all times.
How do I check to see if the temperature is right?
Many people touch their child’s hands to see if they are too cool, but this is not an accurate temperature indicator. More often than not, you might find that baby’s hands seem to run relatively cool, which is quite normal. If you are concerned, feel baby’s chest, back or tummy to get a more realistic grasp on the temperature situation.
I’ve got my layers, now what?
Using a fan in the room or air conditioning will create an appropriate temperature and serve the dual purpose of an almost ‘white noise’ effect on the child’s room. At the other end of the spectrum, heating in the room can be used but keep the door ajar to avoid the room overheating.
What about baby wraps?
An organic, sustainable muslin wrap is perfect for cosying up your tiny bundle of joy to ensure appropriate temperature regulation. You can find wrapping techniques online if you are new to the game – think of it as a baby burrito! Wraps should be lightweight and well below the shoulders and are only advisable until baby can roll onto their bellies, so you have a couple of months up your sleeve when dealing with a newborn.
Baby swaddle or sleeping bag? Click to read our article which will help you decide what’s best for you.
Temperature Differences in Australia
Putting your baby to sleep comfortably in Australia can prove frustrating given the extreme weather we often have. In the heat, a singlet and a onesie with a wrap can be appropriate if your baby’s temperature doesn’t drop too low. Conversely, add more layers in the cool and keep that wrap in play to aide in drifting off to dreamland.
Keeping Babies Safe at Little Fenix
We love babies at Little Fenix and receive many queries asking ‘what should baby wear to bed.’ Our range of carefully selected baby clothes will ensure for a safe, secure night’s sleep (for hopefully the WHOLE family). Make sure you peruse our wares when it comes to the perfect items for the tiny tot in your life. Sweet dreams!