The Sleep Store Guide to Winter Woollies
There’s a chill in the air, the season has changed and you’re wondering how you will keep your precious little ones warm and comfortable through the winter. At night the only thing worse than snuggling down under your warm duvet worrying whether your baby or toddler is warm enough, is being woken at 5am by a littlie who can’t get back to sleep because of the cold.
Did you know?
The ideal temperature for a child’s room is between 16-20 degrees. While this may feel a little chilly to you, your littlies will sleep better in a cooler room with warm layers close to the body. Rooms should be kept above 16 degrees to help prevent respiratory problems.
The temperature dips in the early hours, so if your littlie starts to wake around 5am then he is probably having a hard job getting back to sleep because of the cold. Using the right weight sleeping bag, wool bedding and merino layers can really help you both get a great night’s sleep. And don’t forget socks! We have lots of feedback from customers for whom adding a pair of Lamingtons has meant their baby sleeps through again.
But what about overheating?
Babies, particularly newborns, have limited ability to regulate their temperature. Overheating can be dangerous and is a SIDS risk. To prevent babies from overheating in winter:
- Keep the room temperature around 18 degrees, check heaters regularly and use a thermostat
- Avoid synthetic fabrics that don’t breathe, e.g. polar fleece and mink blankets or sleepwear
- Use natural fabrics that breathe like wool, cotton and bamboo
- Check baby’s temperature by feeling the skin on her chest or back. Baby should feel warm but not hot, or clammy. If baby is sweaty or red in the face she is too hot
- Never put baby to bed with a hat. Babies release excess heat through their heads and can quickly overheat in a hat
What’s so great about wool?
Research has shown that babies sleep better in wool. Wool fibres form natural air pockets that act as insulators keeping babies warm without sacrificing breathability. This means your baby will always be at the right temperature – never too cold, never too hot. It can also absorb up to 30% of its own weight in water without feeling damp, so baby remains warm despite nappy leaks or spills. Wool is also resistant to mould, mildew and bacteria; which helps create a healthy sleeping environment.
Why is merino wool so popular?
Merino has the same qualities as wool - supercharged! Merino fibres are much finer than ordinary wool. It is silky soft, so it doesn’t itch; it’s lightweight, resists odour and is snuggly warm but never too warm. It really is the ultimate fibre for next to your child’s skin (Mums and Dads like it too!).
With merino you get what you pay for. The best brands use high quality superfine merino fibres. They are softer, warmer, less bulky and more durable. Looked after properly, Mokopuna and Icebreaker products will last years and several children.
How do I look after it?
Because merino is odour and bacteria resistant it doesn’t need to be washed too often; just when it looks grubby. Sleeping bags like a good air over the cot bars in the day. You can handwash or use the wool cycle in your washing machine.
Traditional detergents, soakers or bleaches will eat holes in your merino garments. Always use an approved wool detergent like the ecostore wool wash http://www.thesleepstore.co.nz/shop/clothing/washing-merino-care/bathing/eco-store-wool---delicates-wash . Merino dries really fast in the shade and Mokopuna can even go in the dryer on low.
What about kids with eczema or sensitive skin?
Most wee ones with mild to moderate eczema can wear superfine merino comfortably. Choose Icebreaker or Mokopuna. When my eldest was a baby it actually helped his eczema. As an eczema baby he had a tendency to overheat and was grumpy and itchy if he was too hot. With a merino layer next to the skin I was confident he was warm enough without too many layers and he wouldn’t overheat. If your baby suffers from severe eczema then we recommend you use cotton or bamboo next to the skin, and tencel can be really useful for bedding.
At The Sleep Store we LOVE wool!
We have everything you need to keep your family snuggly this winter.
For bassinets, cots and beds –
a wide range of stunning wool blankets to suit your budget
Sleeping bags & swaddles
a range of merino and wool sleeping bags including our very own Duvet Woolbabe which has an outside layer of the signature Woolbabe merino mix fabric and is filled with wool making it the warmest bag in the market
The Pepi merino snuggle suit which replaces blankets to keep wriggly toddlers snuggly warm
Plus merino pyjamas, clothing and socks for babies, toddlers, kids and Mums from