How Do You Dress A Baby For Bed?

How Do You Dress A Baby For Bed

In your baby’s early stages, he is still unable to regulate his body temperature. Hence, we help him do so by making him wear layers of clothing especially when we put him to sleep. However, there is always a right way of dressing up your baby as it always depends on the weather and the room temperature. If you encounter the same problem, we have provided an answer in this article.

How do we really dress a baby for bed? During cold weather, the rule of thumb when dressing your baby is to base on the number of layers you wear plus add another layer. During hot and humid weather, take away the layers of your baby’s clothing and go for thinner ones. Lastly, on mild weather (neither hot nor cold), it is still advisable that you put enough layers while making sure that he does not sweat too much.

How Do You Dress A Baby For A Cold Weather?

Dressing up a baby for the cold weather is the most tricky part. It gives you uncertainty whether you have dressed him too much or too little. Hence, the best and simplest tip when dressing your baby for the cold weather is to base on how many layers you are wearing and add another layer for him. Aside from that, here are other tips that you should be taking note to assure that your baby is bundled up well:

  • Apply layers. To keep your baby’s body warm, make sure that you apply layers when dressing him up for bed. Start with cotton onesies, and add long sleeves or pajamas. After which, you can also make him wear a thick cotton jacket especially if it is the peak of winter. This layering in cold weather is helpful in regulating his body temperature. 
  • Make him wear other accessories. Make sure that your baby is covered from head to toe. To complete your baby’s protection from the cold weather, make him wear other accessories such as socks, mittens and hat. This time, you do not need to apply layers of the accessories mentioned above. Just one is enough. Although some do not recommend putting on hat to your baby while sleeping, it always depends on the need to do so. 
  • Bring blankets if you are heading out. If your family is out for travel, make sure that you bring a blanket with you. Since the temperature seems to be lower outside than your room temperature, it is always best to have him covered up. Also, having a blanket wrapped around him makes him feel secures especially that he is away from his sleeping zone.
  • Avoid overheating. Again, there are times that we dress them a little too much which make them feel uncomfortable. Hence, you should be very careful and sensitive on what your baby’s feeling. To do this, check his head and his back if it feels wet and damp - a little damp is okay, but a pool of sweat is not. If this happens, wipe off his sweat gently and take off some layers of his clothing to make him feel cool. If your baby seems to be covered up entirely, you can skip blanket for his naps and bedtime.

How Do You Dress A Baby For A Hot And Humid Weather?

In a time of hot or humid weather, the ways of dressing up your baby are the opposite. To guide you, here are the ti​​​​ps you need to consider:

  • Take off layers. In hot or humid weather, one layer of clothing will be good for your baby. A single layer is also enough to cover him up and keep his body temperature cool. Mittens, socks, and hat can also be worn. However, some do not recommend a hat anymore as this can cause your baby to feel extremely hot. It always depends upon you on the need of using it.
  • Choose light fabrics. Always choose light and cotton fabrics. Aside from it gives your baby enough warmth, it also provides your baby comfort as he moves in his sleep. Its smooth touch to his skin also helps him with his sleep.
  • Keep the temperature cool inside the room. If the weather seems to be hot outside, try to adjust air condition temperature to at least 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. A little coldness will give your baby a more comfortable sleep.

How Do You Dress A Baby For A Mild Weather?

It is hard for you to distinguish what to let your baby wear when the weather’s mild - neither hot nor cold. In this case, no definite number of layers can be suggested as the temperature seems to be a little unpredictable.

However, what mostly recommend is that you still go for layers, but not as many as the layers for cold weather. Enough warmth will help your baby regulate his body temperature. Of course, mittens and socks are always present. The presence of hat depends upon the need.

To check whether you have put on enough layers to your baby, check his back and head from time to time. If you feel too much sweat and damp, you might want to decrease the layers you have put on. On the other hand, if his skin feels a little cold, add some layer so he can have the warmth he needs.

What Is The Ideal Room And Body Temperature For Baby’s Bedtime?

The ideal room temperature for your baby is 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is just enough for him not to feel hot nor cold. You should also be careful in tracking whether the temperature drops beyond the range as babies are more susceptible to hypothermia. If he starts feeling too hot, he might then suffer from too much discomfort in sweating.

Further, the ideal body temperature of your baby should always be between 98 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

What Should I Look Out In My Baby’s Dress?

Layers are enough for the weather, and the room temperature is perfect for your baby’s bedtime. However, pins and loose threads are often overlooked in his clothes! So, let us go back to the basics and remember the below helpful tips for our babies' clothing:

  • Check out for loose threads. The loose threads of your baby’s clothing have a tendency to tangle especially if your baby moves a lot. If this happens to wrap around his little fingers, then it is going to be a huge problem for you. As baby’s fingers are still a little brittle and small, tangles can already cause wounds to his fingers. Hence, the best thing you can do is to check out for loose threads and cut or sew it to keep in place.
  • Remove pins from your baby’s clothes. Some moms believe in superstitions that if you put red pins on your baby’s clothes, he will most likely get rid of evil spirits. However, more significant problems may arise if you forgot the pins in his clothes and allowed him to wear it. If you firmly believe with superstitions, you just have to assure that it will not risk your baby’s safety.
  • Do not make your baby wear wet clothes. This is also one of the essential reminders before you let your baby wears his clothes. Feel it at the back of your palm if it has been dried out completely. Since babies are more sensitive to coldness, making him wear wet clothes may result in hypothermia. Hypothermia is due to a possible combination of cold room temperature, and the coldness that he feels from his clothing. 
  • Choose light and cotton fabrics. Light and cotton fabrics provide your baby the comfort to move while he sleeps. At the same time, the component where baby fabrics are made of is safe to get in contact with our baby’s skin. Apart from that, light and cotton fabrics is the best first layer to wear both in cold, hot and humid, and mild weather. 

Relevant Questions

Should babies wear socks?
Yes, babies need to wear socks especially if the room has a very low temperature. The babies’ feet is considered as a thermal regulator of your baby's body. Hence, making him wear a nice pair of socks can give him the warmth that he needs.

Is it normal for babies to have cold hands and feet?
There may be times when you feel your baby’s hand and feet a little cold. But before you wrap him up with another layer, you should first check his torso if it is pink in color and if it is warm. Since your baby’s body is still developing, some passages of his blood circulation may still be shunted. 

Can you swaddle a baby too much while he sleeps?
As we get so overwhelmed with our baby too much, we tend to swaddle him up a lot. Little swaddling is okay, buy swaddling him too much especially on the chest area may give him a hard time to breathe. 

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