There’s a lot to know about safe sleep for babies and sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, wondering if your little one is too hot or too cold. Young babies are unable to regulate their body temperature and they also release heat rapidly. Ensuring your baby isn’t too hot is incredibly important and will also reduce the risk of SIDS.
From knowing what tog size sleep bags to buy to how many layers your newborn should be wearing, we’ve got the guide to all your sleep worries about bedtime clothing.
During the night babies can overheat, either because the room is too hot, they have too much bedding or they’re wearing too many clothes. To make sure your baby doesn’t get too hot in the night, it’s always worth checking the room temperature before getting your little one ready for bed, that way you can dress them appropriately. According to The Lullaby Trust, your baby’s room should be kept between 16-20°C.
What should my baby wear to bed?
When it comes to dressing your little one, remember that simple is always safest. Babies do not need to sleep under a duvet until they are much older. Don’t overdo the blankets as little legs can kick loose blankets off, so if you can, try to avoid using them and use swaddles or sleep bags instead.
Your little one will also need more layers depending on how cold it is. Always start by dressing your little one in a vest, as this is all they would need to wear if the temperature is above 25 degrees. You can then pop them in a swaddle or sleep bag to keep them cosy.
If it’s below 20 degrees, layer up your newborn with a sleepsuit. It’s important to remember not to dress your baby in a hat or gloves for bedtime, even in cold weather.
How do I know if my baby is too hot?
To check if your baby is too hot, The Lullaby Trust say to “put your hand on the skin on their chest or the back of their neck.”
Other signs your baby is too hot are:
- Damp hair
- Flushed cheeks
- Rapid breathing
- Heat rash
If your little one feels hot to touch, start by taking a layer off of them and check them again in 10 minutes. You can always open a window slightly to help air circulate, too. When checking to see how hot your baby is, remember not to check their hands or feet as these are often a lot cooler than the rest of their body.
Which tog count should my baby’s sleep bag be?
Different sleep bags have different tog ratings, like a duvet, so you can buy them for different seasons and temperatures. Generally, the warmer the room, the lower the tog should be. Generally, a 2.5 tog tends to be of use all year round for standard room temperatures of 16-20. Take a look at our handy chart to give you an idea of the tog your baby needs:
Check out our guide: to choosing the right baby sleeping bag.