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Sleeptight Hampton Roads
As you begin to pull out your winter coats and mittens, you might wonder… How am I going to keep my baby warm? How will I know if he is hot or cold? Will the house be warm enough for her?
These are common concerns and the answer isn’t a lot of blankets.
• Don’t “over-layer” your baby.
The rule of thumb for babies is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. So if you are wearing two layers, your baby will need three.
At night, make sure to dress baby in light clothing. If you believe she needs extra warmth, it is better to use one-piece sleepers or wearable blankets.
Remember, there should not be any blankets in your baby’s crib. Even during winter, blankets, quilts, pillows, bumpers, sheepskins and other loose bedding should be kept out because they can cause over heating or suffocation.
• Don’t “overheat” your baby.
To check if your baby is too hot while he is sleeping, touch the middle of his back. It should be warm, not sweaty.
Check your baby’s neck, legs, torso and arms. If they have a small rash or any red bumps, she could be overheating.
• Set the temperature in your house between 68 and 72 degrees F.
As long as your baby isn’t in too many thick layers, this temperature is the right balance between the chill outside and our body temperature. Yes, your baby’s body temperature is the same as yours.
• Continue to follow the ABC’s of safe sleep. Even in the winter babies sleep safest Alone, on their Back and in their Crib.
Every year, hundreds of infants are born with no safe place to sleep. This holiday season; consider giving the gift of safe sleep in honor of a loved one. Donations made to Sleeptight will provide a portable crib to a baby in need throughout Hampton Roads.
For more information visit www.sleeptight hamptonroads.org or check us out on social media @sleeptight757