HOW TO KEEP A TODDLER WARM AT NIGHT:

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Now that we are back to fall, our house is getting cooler at night. My son is 18 months old, and each night pushes his blankets off and sleeps on top of them. The last two mornings when I've gone in to get him, his feet are cold. I've resorted to putting him back in a sleep sac, but he really doesn't like having his mobility restricted. We've unzipped the bottom so he can still move around. It's keeping him warm, but I don't think it's a good permanent solution.



Any great suggestions for keeping your wriggley toddler warm at night, other than jacking up the heat in the house (or room) to tropical temperatures?

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Michelle - posted on 11/11/2010

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we put a heater in our daughter's room and wear socks. for going out i bought a legwarmer and double the pants, she wear shirt and long sleeve plus a jacket to keep her warm. maybe you can do that for your child for bed but without the jacket.

Krystal - posted on 10/01/2010

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Babies/toddlers cant actually regulate their body temps till after 18mths. My 19mth old sleeps in singlet suit, long sleeve tshirt, pjs, 2.5tog sleeping bag, sheet folded in 2 and 10 cotton blankets. Yes i know it seems crazy but until i added layers he too would move round his cot, get out of blankets and wake up cold typically around that 4-5am mark. I have a bedding guide if your interested. Its a real eye opener as to what they should actually be sleeping in. We have his room heater with an oil heater to 22 also.

Rachel - posted on 09/25/2010

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Our son rolls over a lot in his sleep, and always ends up on top of the blankets. He doesn't like being tucked in, and pulls the blankets about if we do that. If we put him in a sleeping bag he ends up all twisted around and uncomfortable. We put him in long sleeved pyjamas, or sleepsuits with feet, and that was fine for a while, but now the temperature is dropping and he's been waking up because he's cold. I've started putting his cardigan on at night - my Mum makes lovely fine-knit cardigans for him to sleep in that are warm without being bulky. With his cardi, and some socks when it is really chilly, and with us putting the blanket back on if we're up, he's toasty all night.

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Maegan - posted on 10/16/2010

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We use the footy-pajamas and they work pretty well. Especially since we can put an extra pair of socks underneath them and they tend to stay on that way. It's also nice since you can find the footy pj's in a variety of materials so you can select the warmth that you want. Some nights we even put a simple short-sleeved onesie and socks underneath the footy pj's.

Jill - posted on 10/06/2010

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Last year we used blanket sleepers (thick sleepers with feet) and would sometimes put socks on his feet, and then in the sleepers, or you could even layer with a onesie.

Paula - posted on 10/06/2010

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My daughter won't sleep with blankets either, so I put her in the zip up pj's that cover the feet. If not, then put socks on them.

Kevin - posted on 10/05/2010

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the sleep sacs with feet were a lifesaver for us. i also cover her with a small blanket as well but this is more for extra cuddling as she usually kicks it partially or all the way off during the night or ends up sleeping on top of it. before she walked she would be ok with the sleepsacs without foot holes but as soon as she started walking she put up a fuss about going in the footless ones - also we discovered it was kind of dangerous for her to try and walk around in footless ones. she was happy with sleep sacs again once we got the ones with the foot holes so she had some mobility and felt less constricted. we also use sleeper pajamas. i live in ohio and have not turned heat on yet.

Kimberly - posted on 10/05/2010

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I'm in Texas and still keep my daughter's ceiling fan on at night. She sleeps hot like I do. You could put some socks on him.

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My daughter is always cold, so we moved her toddler bed to where the heat vent was so that when the furnace came on the heat was right there (she is 18months) and we also do fuzzy sleepers with feet and a large fuzzy blanket that sometimes 1/2 stays on

Tanya - posted on 09/23/2010

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my daughter kicks off her quilt at night but i put it back over her when i go off to bed(shes 18months), if i lived in a really cold area i would just cover her feet with socks or pjs with feet on, and still use quilt/blanket and just cover her again when i go to bed, im sure cold feet never hurt anyone and if the toddler doesnt like cold feet maybe they will learn to keep covers on lol

Mary - posted on 09/14/2010

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My daughter is also 18 months and likes to kick the blankets off. First off, I dress her in warm pajamas, that way if she does kick the blankets off, I at least know that she is not freezing. Long sleeved PJ top and long pants--with or without feet. Next, about 2 or 3 hours after she falls asleep, my husband or I go back into her room, reposition her in a normal way, and cover her back up. She usually stays in that position the rest of the night. Her moving around and wiggles usually only take place during the first couple of hours. By late night, she is out and won't be moving any time soon. So, when we move her she doesn't wake up and she stays nice and warm the rest of the night. :-)

Kristen - posted on 09/13/2010

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Halo has sleep sacks with foot holes. Either Early Walker Sleep Sack or Big Kid Sleep Sack $20 online at Target or Walmart.

Jodi - posted on 09/11/2010

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We put our daughter in either a warm blanket sleeper with feet or two piece pj's with warm socks. She has never allowed herself to be covered with a blanket and this seems to keep her sufficiently warm.

Charlene - posted on 09/11/2010

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yeah my son is 17 months and he does the same thing , hes alwayz moving around and sleepn on his blankets , so i jus bought him a bunch of sleepers with feet , he doesnt mind them , plus he looks real cute in them lolz

Tiffany - posted on 09/10/2010

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My son pushes his covers off too. What I do is I put him in long sleeve pj's with pants or sleepers or whatever. Just warm pjs and I also put socks. Sometimes it isn't cold when he first goes to bed, but I still do it because I know it will get cold and I don't like him to freeze.

Kate - posted on 09/10/2010

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My daughter is a real mover while she sleeps. We put her in pyjamas and socks and then a sleep suit that has feet in it, that way she is nice and warm but doesn't feel restricted : )

Nicole - posted on 09/09/2010

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My daughter's the same way. Right now, she's in t-shirt & pants w/socks at night, and when winter hits, she wears sleepers with feet. Usually, I'm not too worried, as she's a WARM baby....hope that helps!!!

Stephanie - posted on 09/09/2010

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Depending on whether or not your son is a climber and if you have a safe place to keep it, Ive had to plug in a little electric heater that shuts it self on an off throught the night. Ive placed it on his changing table so he doesnt play with it an tucked the cord where he cant reach it. My lil guy isnt the most adventurous type so this works really well for us. Its keeps him warm, and its not a huge hydro cost jumper like turning on my electric forced air heater.

Melanie - posted on 09/09/2010

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I have the same problem, we live in the alps so it gets really cold in winter! I basically put them to bed dressed as much as they are during the day, so if they had on a vest, a long sleeved tshirt and a sweater during the day then they go to sleep wearing the same amount of clothes. It seems ridiculous to me to put on thin cotton pj's at a time when they are going to be lying still and the temperature is going to drop! We don't have the heating on at night as it gives us headaches and blocked noses so quite often the temperature in the bedroom is only about 18 degrees at night.

Kendra - posted on 09/08/2010

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Does he still fit into sleepers? What about trying socks with long pants, and a long sleeved t-shirt?

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