How to dress baby for a good night's sleep?

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It's a question that many parents ask themselves: what should you put on your child so that he doesn't get too cold or too hot? What temperature should your baby's room be? We explain everything you need to know in this article!

Dress baby according to room temperature!

How you dress your baby depends on the temperature of the room, and whether it's winter or summer. Choosing the right clothes is a guarantee of quality sleep for your baby.

Below 17°: cover baby as much as possible

When the temperature is below 17°C, we recommend dressing your little one in warm terrycloth pyjamas, combined with a sleeping bag. You can also warm your baby's feet with socks and a hat, especially if temperatures drop below 16°C. The important thing is to choose materials rather than layers of clothing.

Between 18° and 25°: vary clothes and blankets

If the temperature is between 18 and 25°C, we recommend that youvary your clothing and/or blankets.

For example, if it's between 20°C and 22°C in your baby's room, you can lighten your outfit to prevent him from getting too hot. You can change the long-sleeved bodysuit for a short-sleeved one, and swap the terrycloth pyjamas for lighter cotton ones.

Then, between 22 and 25 degrees, you should opt for a lighter sleeping bag, in cotton for example. The advantage of keeping a sleeping bag on even when it starts to get hot is that, for many babies, it's like a little cocoon.

Above 26°: giving baby more freedom

When it's hot(above 26°C), a simple short-sleeved bodysuit is enough. And when it's hot, you can simply put your baby in a diaper. However, always keep a light turbulette for better sleep and to prevent the potential morning chill.

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How to choose baby clothes for a good night's sleep?

The most important thing is toadapt your baby'sclothes to the temperature. Bear in mind that when you fall asleep, your body temperature drops a little.

Take your personal feelings into account, and add a little extra thickness to keep your baby warm.

As for the sleeping bag that replaces the blanket, like a cocoon, we recommend choosing a sleeveless model. The thickness of the sleeping bag varies according to the season.

For your baby's clothes, we recommend choosing organic cotton, which is kind to your baby's skin, rather than a synthetic material. Synthetic materials are sweaty and tend to irritate your baby's skin. The best choice is natural materials such as cotton, linen or bamboo. These materials are breathable and absorb perspiration.

To keep your baby as comfortable as possible, we recommend simple, loose-fitting clothes with no elastic around the tummy.

Avoid chemical products in the detergent you use.

What about baby's sleeping diaper?

For night-time use, we recommend special night-time diapers, which are more absorbent and keep your baby dry for longer. Indeed, putting baby in a conventional diaper at night is not a good idea, as it increases the risk of risk of leakageand therefore the chances of waking your child.

You also have the option of training pants recommended for children aged 2 or 3 and over. Washable and reusable, they are much lighter than conventional diapers, but still have the absorbency to keep baby dry.

What's the ideal temperature for baby's sleep?

To prevent cot death, the ideal temperature for your baby's room is around 19 degrees. This is also the recommended temperature for adults. To check this temperature, it's advisable to buy a good-quality thermometer.

Our advice for a restful night's sleep

In hot weather, air out your baby's room first thing in the morning, so that fresh air can enter the room. Then, during the day, keep the shutters and curtains closed to keep the air cool.

If it's really too hot and you can't cool the room before going to bed, you can use the following technique: place bottles of cold water in front of a fan. Please note, however, that it's not advisable to keep the air-conditioning or a fan on while your baby is asleep. Your baby could catch a chill, and the air is too dry for his fragile mucous membranes.

For a good and safe night's sleep, your baby should lie on his or her back, without sheets, blankets, pillows, stuffed toys or crib bumper pads in the crib, to prevent the risk of suffocation.

FAQ for dressing your baby in winter

How to dress baby when it's 0 degrees outside?

The typical outfit when it's zero degrees outside is a first layer consisting of a bodysuit and long johns. The second layer consists of pants and a sweater (both thick enough), a scarf and a hat. For the third and final layer, add mittens, a down jacket and winter boots.

How can I tell if my baby isn't warm enough?

To know if your baby is cold, you need to observe him or her. If he's raining, fussing or fussing, he's probably cold or too warm. If his neck is sweating and his ears are red, he's too hot. Keep in mind that the extremities of the body (hands, feet) don't reflect your child's true body temperature.

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