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How to Keep Your Baby Warm at Night in the Winter

Few things in life are as rewarding as seeing your baby’s happy smile or delighted giggles. At Pottery Barn Kids, we’re proud of you. We know that your child is safe in your loving arms. When the temperature gets colder, some parents wonder what essentials can keep their babies the warmest at night. This is especially important since babies can’t regulate their own body temperatures. However, with a couple of helpful pointers, your infant will be snoozing softly all winter long. Here are some great ideas for keeping your baby snuggled and warm.

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Tinker with the Thermostat

The easiest way to keep your baby comfortable – not too hot and not too cold – is to customize the temperature of their room . Try to keep the nursery between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. If it feels comfy to you while you’re wearing light clothing, your baby will be cozy, too. If you can, place the baby’s crib on the opposite side of the room from any heaters or windows. That way, your little one won’t be exposed to direct heat or chilly drafts from the window.

Use a Fireproof Heater

If your home doesn’t have centralized heating, a fireproof heater is a smart choice, especially if your baby isn’t mobile yet. Once they can get out of the crib, it’s a good idea to remove any kind of floor heaters for safety reasons.

Weatherize Windows

To keep the nursery at a consistent temperature, you want to keep the room free of drafts and leaks. If you have a bedroom without any windows, designate that room for your baby’s nursery. If a window-less room isn’t an option, caulk windows carefully, particularly if you live in an older home or one with single-paned windows. A thick curtain also provides an extra layer of protection and warmth.

Pick Up Plushies

While fuzzy toys make great friends during the day, they can be dangerous at bedtime. Be sure to keep any favorite plush animals within sight – maybe on a nearby dresser – but safely out of reach.

Have Fun with Flannel

Because you should keep your newborn’s crib free of loose blankets for safety reasons, a cozy flannel sheet offers a safe, snug base that’s extra warm. If your baby tends to overheat, you can choose a smooth and comfy cotton, instead.

The Beauty of Pajamas

A one-piece pajama set is a necessity for babies. It will keep them toasty without lots of loose layers. If you want something to cover your baby’s hands or feet, try a pajama set with attached booties and gloves.

Swaddling Softly

A safe way to add extra layers of warmth without using blankets is to use a swaddling cloth. It fits snugly around children and protects them head to toe. Plus, a swaddling cloth will help newborns stay on their backs all night long.

If you don’t know how to swaddle a baby, keep reading for our easy how-to. First, place your baby in the center of the swaddling cloth with their feet towards the bottom corner. Fold one of the sides over the baby’s chest. You can decide whether or not to leave their arms free. Then, fold the bottom edge upwards. When positioned correctly, this part will only reach to about their chest. Fold the last side across the newborn’s chest. Check to make sure your baby is wrapped snugly. You don’t want any loose cloth, however, you don’t want it to be too tight.

Easy Sleep Sacks

A sleep sack is like a blanket without the blanket. It combines snuggly fabric with a zippered design that works similarly to large pajamas. Most sleep sacks have an opening for your baby’s arms.

Snug as a Snail

Once your little one is older and they’ve learne to flip themselves over in bed, you can start to include blankets in their crib. However, keep loose bedding to a minimum and tuck any sheets in firmly on all sides.

Prevent Overheating

Babies are sort of like Goldilocks when it comes to temperatures; you want them to feel just right, not too cold, and not too hot. If you see that your baby is sweating or notice that their hair is wet, remove a layer. A quick kiss on the forehead or stomach will also tell you if they’re feeling chilled or too warm since your baby’s hands and feet are often colder than the rest of their body.