From skipping bath time to never wearing a hat indoors – 6 tips to keep your baby warm in winter

AS winter comes around once more – it's inevitable that temperatures are set to drop.

Babies aren't able to care for themselves or put on an extra layer in the same way adults can, so it's important to keep an eye on them as the weather gets cooler.

If you're concerned for your baby and their temperature then there are several things you can do to monitor them this winter.

Elaine Soller, expert at Babysense, said that it's understandable you want your baby to be warm and comfortable at night, which means in the colder months it can be tempting to cover them in lots of layers and crank the heating to the highest.

She explained: "We know how tricky it is to maintain a balance between keeping the baby warm in winter and not to layer him so much that he/she starts feeling hot.

"However, it's important to remember that babies can't regulate their body temperature in the same way as adults can, so it is much easier for them to get hot, quicker, and overheat. 

"Essentially, compared to adults, their bodies have more surface area by weight which causes quicker heat loss."

Elaine explained that babies also don't have as much insulating fat which makes a huge difference, here she reveals her top six tips on making sure you baby stays toasty.

1. Skip bath time

On a really cold night, a bath isn’t going to make your baby more relaxed and in fact, Elaine says, it will agitate them, as the temperature changes can make them uncomfortable.

She explained: "As babies don’t sweat during the winter months it’s not necessary to bath them every night, instead, opt for a sponge bath if necessary or a simple wet washcloth.

"If a bath is essential you’ll want to make sure the indoor temperature is warm."

2. Never wear a hat indoors

If you think your baby is cold, you may be tempted to put a hat on them indoors, however, avoid this at all costs, even when it is cold, Elaine warned.

"A bare head is vital for a baby to maintain and regulate body temperature and release heat.

"Obviously, if you are taking your baby outside in the cold, an appropriate hat may be recommended", she said.

3. Know the right temperature

Elaine said that the ideal temperature for the baby's nursery is between 16C to 20C.

She said: "It would be worthwhile to invest in a room thermometer in your baby's nursery so you can keep an eye on the temperature.

"You can use this to guide you on whether to add or remove layers on your child. The number of layers required, as a guide, will depend on whether your baby sleeps in a sleepsuit or with a sleeping sack."

4. Feel your baby's neck

You can check whether your baby has too many or to few layers by checking the back of their neck or tummy, Elaine said.

"This will give a clear indication of overheating or being too cold. If they are too hot, their skin will feel slightly clammy and sweaty and you should make sure to remove layers instantly".

5. Avoid putting the heating on

Elaine said that in cold weather it might be tempting to blast the heating all night whilst you are asleep to keep everyone warm, including your baby.

"However, this is advised against for your baby. If you do want it on, set it no higher than 20C", she explained.

6. Check cot position

Leaving your baby's cot or crib next to a radiator can lead to overheating or even possible burns, especially if your baby reaches out of their cot to touch it, Elaine said.

She added: "Radiators are often placed under windows which have cords and pull strings creating an additional risk.

"The same rule applies to hot water bottles, fires, electric blankets and even direct sunlight – they should be avoided."

Elaine added that monitoring your child and their temperature is vital to your child's immune system and overall health, and comfort.

She added: "By keeping them at optimal temperature, they can conserve energy and essentially build up reserves. It is especially important when your child is sick or premature.

"Babies that are too cold use all their energy and oxygen to generate warmth and may be too tired and uninterested in feeding. 

"On top of these extra precautions, make sure your baby sleeps on their back, and on a firm surface. A humidifier can also help in certain circumstances, when a room is damp or colder than you would like”

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