It’s no longer just about style; it’s also about choosing the right clothing for your little one. Here’s a useful guide on what and how to dress your babies safely and comfortably for different situations.
Baby Temperature Guide
Maintaining your baby at an optimal temperature is important not only for your child's comfort, but also for their health and safety. The temperature of your baby's surroundings will determine the clothing or bedding necessary to maintain them at a normal baby temperature.
Gauging Your Baby’s Temperature
As very small babies lack the ability to regulate their body temperature it is very important to assist them to maintain a safe and comfortable temperature. Place the back of your hand on the back of your baby's neck to check their temperature. They should feel warm but not hot, damp or sweaty, or cold. It is perfectly normal for your baby's hands and feet to feel cooler, and it’s their central core body temperature which is important. Your child will also advise you about their state of comfort. If they are is too hot they may be listless or restless, perspiring and flushed or with rapid breathing. If they are too cold they will probably be crying and complaining. If in doubt about finding the right sleepwear to match your baby’s room temperature, many manufacturers publish helpful baby temperature guides that break down what sleepwear and clothing are best for each temperature range.
Ensuring the Right Room Temperature For Your Child’s Bedroom
Ideally, your child's bedroom should be at 18-degrees Celsius. Many baby monitors incorporate a thermometer so you can measure the room temperature and make seasonal adjustments to the heating or cooling system as necessary. At this perfect temperature, you can dress your baby for resting in a simple cotton baby grow with a standard weight baby sleeping bag. When the temperature is colder choose a baby sleeping bag with a higher Tog rating to keep your child comfortable, and when dressing your baby for sleep in the winter use two long sleeve merino garments. When dressing your baby for bed in the summer just use one short sleeved merino garment, a cotton suit or just a vest and a sheet.
Dressing For the Days’ Adventures
During the day it can be difficult to decide what clothes to use for your baby. Remember that comfort and safety are much more important than cuteness, so choose clothes which are easy to put on and take off, do not have adornments or fastening which could irritate your child, and that are preferably made of natural fabrics such as cotton, wool or bamboo which breathe. When dressing your baby for summer remember to use lightweight fabrics with long sleeves or legs and to always use a hat with a peak to protect your child's delicate skin from the sun. Even when it is hot make sure to have a blanket at hand to prevent your baby from getting chilled when entering into an air conditioned space. When dressing your baby for winter and during colder weather don't over bundle him up as this will restrict their movements and make him irritable. Equally, don't use just one super-ward garment. The best option is to use several layers which can easily be removed or replaced depending on the situation. Remember to use hats which cover the ears, mittens and warm socks, to keep your child's extremities toasty. It's a good idea to have an extra pair of each in your bag, as these small items have a tendency to get easily lost!
The Benefits of Natural Materials
Using merino baby clothes can help your baby to maintain a regular optimum temperature as this natural wool automatically adjusts to keep your child warm when it is cold, and cool when the temperature rises. Baby sleeping bags lined with merino wool come in various sizes and in different weights to provide more or less warmth, so choose the appropriate weight for the season and climatic conditions. Do not be tempted to pile on extra blankets and clothes during cold nights as these not only bring the risk of suffocation, they can also actually cause your child to become overheated which has been associated with cot deaths.