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What should your baby wear to bed in the hot weather?


Hot weather can cause sleepless nights for parents and babies alike (Picture: Getty Images)

Regardless of whether you’re a new parent or you’ve got enough kids for a football team by now, every parent can agree that your baby getting a good night’s sleep is important for everyone.

And as the weather hots up, the heat can add extra stress to bedtime as you worry about what to put your bundle of joy in for bed to keep them comfortable and cool and reduce the risk of overheating and heatstroke.

When it comes to keeping your little one just that at night-time, you’ll need to make sure they are wearing appropriate bedclothes.

If you want to make sure your little one is getting the best sleep possible, here’s what to dress them in as you put them down for bedtime…

What should a baby sleep in?

What’s appropriate for your baby will depend on what the weather is like, and what the room temperature is.

What you should always consider when preparing your child for sleep is that the ideal temperature for a baby’s room is between 16 and 20 degrees, as stated by the NHS.

Always start by dressing your little one in a vest.

If it’s particularly warm, you can then pop them in a swaddle or light sleep bag to keep them cosy just in their vest and nappy.

 If it’s below 20 degrees, layer up your new-born with a sleepsuit.

It’s important to remember not to dress your baby in a hat or gloves for bedtime, even in cold weather.

Baby Centre also provides more insight into what tog blanket you should use, depending on the temperature.

Their expert-approved advice states:

  • If the temperature is over 26 degrees, they should sleep in just a vest.
  • Between 24 and 25 degrees, a vest and a light blanket or sleeping bag with a tog of 0.5.
  • If it’s between 22 and 23 degrees, a vest alongside a sleeping bag or blanket with a tog of 1 will suffice.
  • If it’s between 18 and 21 degrees, add a sleepsuit to the vest and 1 tog sleeping blanket.
The ideal temperature for your baby’s room is between 16 and 20 degrees

Once the temperatures start getting below this, you can introduce sleeping bags with a higher tog – meaning they are heavier.

  • When the temperature is between 15 and 17 degrees, a vest, a sleepsuit and a blanket with a 2.5 tog will do.
  • Anything less than 15 degrees, pair the vest and sleepsuit with a blanket or sleeping bag with a tog of 3.5.

Signs that your baby is too hot or cold

To check if your baby is too hot, place two fingers on your baby’s tummy, neck or back to see if they’re sweating, feeling hot or clammy.

Other signs your baby is too hot are:

  • Damp hair
  • Flushed cheeks
  • Rapid breathing
  • Heat rash

On the flipside, signs your baby is too cold could include them becoming more lethargic or slower to be responsive.


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