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Dressing Your Baby for Sleep in Cold Weather 

1. How to know if your baby is cold



Let’s tackle a common misconception: those chilly hands your baby has aren’t a sign they’re freezing. It’s often a good indicator of proper blood flow and circulation. To check if your baby really is too cold, feel their torso or the back of their neck. If it’s just right, you’ve nailed it! The AAP recommends dressing your baby in one more layer than you’re comfortable in to avoid overheating and reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). So, if you’re in a cozy sweater, your baby might need a onesie and a sleeper.

2. The ideal temperature for your baby’s room

Keep your baby’s room at a Goldilocks-approved temperature – not too hot, not too cold, but just right. The ideal temperature range is between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20-22 degrees Celsius). This ensures your little one stays comfy without risking overheating.

3. How to dress your baby at night

Adding that extra layer doesn’t mean your baby needs to look like a mini snowman. Think layers of lightweight clothing rather than one heavy outfit. A onesie, footed pajamas, and a sleep sack can be the magic combo for a warm and snuggly baby.

4. Covering your baby’s head during sleep

While we love cute baby hats, bedtime is not the time for them. The AAP advises against covering your baby’s head during sleep. This reduces the risk of overheating and ensures your baby can cool down naturally.

5. Belly sleeping won’t keep your baby warm

Always, always, always place your baby on their back to sleep. This sleep position has been proven to reduce the risk of SIDS. It’s the safest way for your little one to catch those ZZZs.

6. Trying to make your baby’s crib warm and cozy

Your baby’s crib should be a minimalist’s dream – just your baby and a fitted sheet. No fluffy blankets, toys, or stuffed animals. This keeps the sleep environment safe and reduces the risk of accidents.

There you have it, folks! Dress your baby like a sleep superstar by following these AAP-approved tips. Remember, a comfy and safe sleep environment is the key to happy dreams for your little one. Sweet dreams, everyone! For more advice on helping your baby sleep safely and soundly, contact me, your Tulsa pediatric sleep consultant or reach out for our virtual baby sleep coaching services today!

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