What should your baby wear at night, from summer heat to winter cold? Take a look at these guidelines for better sleep!
I wasn’t expecting a heat wave at the end of October, but there I was, running the air conditioner with a newborn in my arms. I didn’t know whether to bundle him up at night or if that would only make him feel hot and stuffy.
When the weather finally turned cold, the new dilemma was how to keep him warm enough at night, considering that loose blankets weren’t a safe option because of the risk of SIDS. Even if they were, he’d simply kick them off as he moved around in his sleep. Come the next morning, his legs and feet felt cool, making me wonder whether he was warm enough as he slept.
How exactly are you supposed to dress your baby for sleep at night, given changing temperatures?
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What should your baby wear at night?
Figuring out how to keep your baby comfortable at night can be a challenge, don’t you think?
Running the air conditioner all night could keep the room too chilly, even on summer days. The heater in the winter could make the room get too hot and dry. Blankets aren’t safe for infants, either. According to Eric Suni from the Sleep Foundation:
“Babies should be dressed in layers that suit their bedroom’s temperature to avoid overheating. Experts also advise against covering babies with blankets or putting anything on or over their head during sleep to prevent suffocation or strangulation.”
Plus, you don’t want too many layers that might make middle of the night changes even more frantic than they already are. (Changing a wailing baby in the dark at two in the morning is no easy task!)
So, we rely on clothing to keep them comfortable depending on the weather.
After three kids, I learned the art of layering clothes with the changing temperatures. That way, no matter the weather, your baby can be appropriately dressed through the night. The best part? A comfortable sleep attire can help your baby sleep longer stretches—he doesn’t wake up crying because he’s too hot or cold.
So, what should he wear at night? Take a look at these layering strategies and recommendations, going from light layers to heavy:
- Short sleeve onesie: The most basic outfit for a baby to sleep in is a short sleeve onesie. This keeps his arms and legs exposed so he isn’t too warm, yet keeps his body (and diaper) covered.
- Long sleeve onesie: Wearing long sleeves can add full coverage for his arms as the temperature begins to drop.
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- Footed pajamas: Now that the weather isn’t so warm, pajamas provide full-body coverage for your baby without feeling too bulky. I recommend PJs with zippers for easy dressing during middle of the night diaper changes:
- Onesie and footed pajamas: A pajama is a fantastic option if you’d like an additional layer on top of a onesie.
- Long sleeve and sleep sack: Want to add even more layers? Layer a long sleeve onesie beneath a sleep sack. As the temperature begins to drop, your baby might be more comfortable in something heavy. This is when sleep sacks come in handy, offering an extra layer. Think of them as safe wearable blankets.
- Footed pajamas and sleep sack: Add full-body coverage with footed pajamas and a sleep sack. The pajamas can keep your baby’s arms and feet covered while the sleep sack acts as a soft, safe blanket for warmth.
- Onesie, footed pajamas, and sleep sck: Add even more layers with a short sleeve onesie beneath the pajamas and sleep sack.
- Long sleeve, footed pajamas, and sleep sack: To keep his arms extra warm, a long sleeve onesie can go under the pajamas and sleep sack. Make sure that the pajamas have room enough to accommodate a lightweight long sleeve underneath.
- Socks, mittens, and hats: For truly cold nights, add accessories to cover your baby’s head, feet, and hands for a comfortable bedtime.
Changing the material for weather
Besides mixing and matching combinations for the changing weather, you can also swap the material of your baby’s clothes. For instance, choose breathable fabrics like cotton, muslin, or bamboo for warmer weather, and flannel, wool, or fleece for colder weather.
No more guesswork, friend! Now you know exactly what your baby should wear at night for a comfortable and restful sleep. Layering onesies, pajamas, and sleep sacks can give you so many options—even during a heatwave in October.
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