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How to layer your baby's sleepwear at night

How to layer your baby's sleepwear at night

Babies often wake from the cold in the early hours of the morning, but it can be hard to work out how to layer your baby at night, especially if baby's room is hot at the start of the night, but drops quickly overnight. So, if you're wondering how to layer your babe for cooler temperatures, here’s a handy guide to winter layers for your baby.  

And remember, trust your gut. You've got this. Our clothing guides are only guides - there isn't a guide which can be applied to all babies. Use your judgement - if your little one feels cold or hot and is waking more frequently, experiment with the layers - add or remove or think about moving to a different weight bag (in summer for example). Over-heating is one of the risk factors for SIDS, so it is essential parents are aware of how to ensure their baby doesn't overheat. A baby who is too hot may be crying, red and sweaty and increasingly distressed. Babies who are too hot will find it hard to settle and sleep. You may also see a heat rash. Read more about overheating here.

 

By Maria Linton, Resident Sleep Coach : Qualified Happiest Baby educator & qualified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant

Choosing the right layers of sleepwear

Layer 1: A singlet (or singlet suit)

I like to use a light organic cotton or merino sleeveless singlet or singletsuit. A singletsuit provides the added benefit of not riding up and leaving bubs with a cold tummy because of the snaps under the crotch, but either is a good base layer. Merino and cotton are both lovely on the skin and are breathable.

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Layer 2: A long sleeved bodysuit

A soft and cosy merino bodysuit is perfect for a wide temperature range as it helps to regulate body temperature. These are especially ideal for Autumn through to Spring, when the temperature can be all over the place, and there are often drops to cool temperatures in the early morning. Merino is also great for wicking moisture away from the skin so baby doesn't get all clammy and cold.

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Layer 3: Sleepsuit or Pyjama's

Time to get extra cosy! Long sleeves and long legs keep babe lovely and warm through Autumn and Winter. It’s important to know that it’s fine if your baby has cool hands – to check if baby is warm enough we would suggest feeling the top of their back - they should feel dry and warm (not hot) to the touch. If you're worried your little one is too cold, add a pair of merino socks.

 

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Layer 4: Swaddle or Sleeping Bag

The final layer is a swaddle or sleeping bag and depending on the time of year, room temperature and the age of your babe, you might be using a swaddle, a 3 seasons or midweight sleeping bag or a duvet weight/ 2.5 tog or 3.5 tog sleeping bag. You may even be swaddling over a sleeping bag (yes, you can use a Miracle Blanket swaddle & sleeping bag together, when you're transitioning a baby out of swaddling!)

 

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How to put all the layers together

Here are some examples of how to layer your baby's sleepwear for optimum cosiness! Remember - Always check on your little one. Feeling behind their neck or on their chest is a good way to get an indication that they aren't too hot or cold.  

 

Layering with a winter weight sleeping bag or swaddle (Duvet Woolbabe or 2.5/3.5 Tog Bag)

For room temperatures between 16 - 18 degrees

With a Duvet Weight Woolbabe or 2.5 Tog Sleeping Bag (such as Ergopouch or The Sleep Store), choose a Long Sleeve Bodysuit, PJ's or Onesie and Wool Socks.


For room temperatures between 18 - 20 degrees

With a Duvet Weight Woolbabe or 2.5 Tog Sleeping Bag (such as Ergopouch or Love to Dream), choose a Onesie or Zipsuit


For room temperatures between 20 - 22 degrees

With a Duvet Weight Woolbabe or 2.5 Tog Sleeping Bag (such as Ergopouch), choose a Long Sleeve Bodysuit - we love merino for it's temperature regulating properties and ability to wick moisture away from the skin.

Please note: These are guidelines only. It is important not to overheat your baby. The best guide is to consider whether the heating, bedding and clothing would add up to a comfortable sleeping temperature for you. The ideal room temperature for children is 16 to 20 degrees celsius, with 18 degrees considered perfect! Please consult your medical professional for further advice if required.


Layering with a mid weight sleeping bag or swaddle (3 Seasons Woolbabe or 1.0 Tog Bag)

For room temperatures between 24 - 26 degrees

With a 3 seasons Woolbabe or 1.0 Tog rated sleeping bag (such as Ergopouch or The Sleep Store), choose summer PJ's or a short sleeve bodysuit.


For room temperatures between 22 - 24 degrees

With a 3 seasons Woolbabe or 1.0 Tog rated sleeping bag (such as Ergopouch or The Sleep Store), choose a long sleeve bodysuit.


For room temperatures between 20 - 22 degrees

With a 3 seasons Woolbabe or 1.0 Tog rated sleeping bag (such as Ergopouch or The Sleep Store), choose a zipsuit (or onesie).


For room temperatures between 18 - 20 degrees

With a 3 seasons Woolbabe or 1.0 Tog rated sleeping bag (such as Ergopouch or The Sleep Store), choose a long sleeve bodysuit and a onesie or PJ's.

Note: These videos are a guide only. It is important not to overheat your baby. The best guide is to consider whether the heating, bedding and clothing would add up to a comfortable sleeping temperature for you. The ideal room temperature for children is 16 to 20 degrees Celsius, with 18 degrees considered perfect! Please consult your medical professional for further advice if required.


Extra helpful tips!

1. To keep little feet warm in winter add a pair of wool socks.  Lamington merino socks are our favourite!

2. Use a room thermometer - we love the Gro Egg. As well as having a room temperature display, it is colour coded so you can gauge the room temperature at a glance - perfect when us parents are busy with the bath, story, bed routine!