Winter has arrived, and with it comes the blasting of central heating, extra layers and fluffy socks. We love winter here at SnoozeShade HQ, but we often get questions from parents wanting to know how to keep babies safe whilst sleeping in colder temperatures. Here's a quick guide to winter sleep safety- do please speak to your health visitor or GP if you have any questions or are unsure about any aspect of your baby's sleep.
During winter it's really important to adjust clothing etc depending on where your baby is sleeping. There is absolutely no reason why your baby cannot sleep outdoors during the colder months, and in fact the SnoozeShade is just perfect for this. Not only will it provide a shady nook for your little one to snooze in, but it will protect against wind, light rain, winter chills and that low winter sun too. So if your baby does usually sleep outdoors in the pram or buggy, there really is no reason why you need to change that habit during the winter.
Some tips to make sure baby is sleeping safely outside:
- For a good rule of thumb, your baby needs at least one extra layer when you leave the house during the winter. So if you're wearing two layers, pop a third onto baby to help maintain her body temperature.
- Make sure your baby always wears a hat outside during the winter as so much heat is lost through the top of the head. And remember to remove the hat again once you're back inside.
- Always keep an extra blanket under the pram or in your changing bag during the winter so that if its a little colder than you anticipated, you'll always be prepared.
- If you're using a blanket in the car, make sure you remove it once the temperature rises. This can happen quickly in a car when the heaters are turned up, so stay mindful of baby potentially getting too hot as you drive.
- Leave the thick winter coats off during car journeys!
- Always trust your instincts, and keep checking baby to make sure she's warm enough as she sleeps. If the temperature really drops, then take her inside.
Night time sleep
It's important to keep a check on your baby's room temperature and make adjustments if it get too hot or cold. An ideal room temperature is between 20-22 degrees, and you can use a nursery thermometer to keep an eye on this. Its also worth remembering that you don't really need many extra layers during the winter, so don't be tempted to layer up and run the risk of overheating. A few more indoor sleeping tips for winter:
- Remember that your baby cannot regulate her own body temperature, so you need to do it for her. Too many layers can cause her to overheat so always keep it as light as possible.
- Use a sleeping bag and avoid using thick blankets.
- Make sure that baby is always placed on her back to sleep, with her feet at the foot of her bed. And make sure that there are no teddies or toys in the cot.
- If you're co sleeping don't use any extra layers at all, and make sure baby doesn't sleep under your duvet. You might want to sleep in a dressing gown so that you don't get cold!
- Don't place baby's cot next to a heater!
- Check baby's temperature regularly- feel the back of her neck or her tummy and if it feels clammy then remove a layer.