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How To Dress Your Baby According To Temperature

When it comes to dressing your baby the most difficult season and of most concern to many parents is summer. Overdress your baby and he could develop a heat rash, underdress him and his body could be exposed to hot conditions, sunburn and even heat stroke. It’s important in the summer months to ensure your baby isn’t overheated, as this has been linked to cot death as babies sleep more deeply when they’re hot.

To ensure your little one stays cool during the summer months check out our top tips:

  • Pick the right clothes – If you’re going to be spending most of your time indoors choose loose fitting, lightweight clothing made from cotton which absorbs perspiration better. A good rule is to dress baby the way you are dressed. When outdoors dress your baby in light coloured long trousers, a long sleeved t-shirt and a hat to shield his head or face.  
  • Provide good ventilation – Babies don’t perspire well and find it difficult to control their own temperature, hence they are more likely to become overheated. Never leave your baby in a hot room or in a parked car, even a couple of minutes can be extremely dangerous. 
  • Use a summer friendly baby carrier – The combination of a parents body heat, combined with the confined space can cause your baby to become hot and bothered very quickly. Try to choose a carrier made of nylon rather than a heavy fabric. If your baby starts to look flushed, remove from the carrier immediately. 
  • Keep baby hydrated – Even if your baby isn’t sweating he can still become dehydrated in hot summer sun. If he has a flushed face, feels warm to touch, breathing rapidly and appears restless he may be dehydrated. Replace fluids by breastfeed frequently.

When winter hits you’ll need to ensure your baby stays warm and dry. Here are our top tips for the colder months:-

  • Create a cozy sleep environment – Choose a warm fitted sheet for your baby’s cot, flannel works best. Soft warm one piece sleeping bags work well to keep your baby warm all night and prevent them from wriggling down under those pesky blankets. 
  • Easy on/off layers – A snowsuit provides great protection against cold weather and is ideal in the winter months. Simply slip baby into the snowsuit before heading outdoors. Be sure to take off as soon as you come back indoors to prevent baby from overheating. 
  • Hat and mittens – A soft hat will keep out the cold. If your baby’s hands are exposed when you are out and about, pop on some mittens, one piece mittens with string work great and prevent your little one from pulling them off and losing them. Remember to remove the hat when you come back inside. 

Watch the room temperature – Ideally, baby’s room should be kept between 16ºC and 20ºC. Of course, through the night, the temperature will vary, but if you have your baby’s cot placed away from draughts or direct heat sources, you will soon find out what works best. On very cold nights, if you choose to keep the heating on try to keep to a lower setting.

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