keeping baby warm at night

Keara - posted on 10/16/2010 ( 94 moms have responded )

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I'm looking for suggestions on how to keep my son warm when he's in his bassinet at night. We live in Northern Ontario, so it gets quiet cold at night. Everyone tells me not to give him a blanket in case it covers his head, but how else are you supposed to keep him warm? My fiance and I are sleeping with sheets, just roasting, and the poor lil guy is cold. His bassinet is right up against my side of the bed. He wakes up for his early morning feeding and his poor lil hands are like icicles, and he's just freezing. I feel so bad, but my fiance is asthmatic and is having trouble breathing at night already because of the heat in the room. I need to find a happy medium... any suggestions would be awesome, thanks!

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Susan - posted on 01/02/2011

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I designed a sleep sack which is adjustable to fit from infancy into the toddler years called a Snuggle Down. It is filled with cozy white goose down, which I think is comfortable year-round. And if your little one does not like having their legs confined, this product is equipped with a two way zipper extending down the side and across the bottom, so it can be unzipped from the bottom...little legs are free to kick, but the blanket stays securely in place. My website is www.snuggledownbaby.com. The design is currently only available with goose down fill, but I will be offering unfilled versions soon. Hope this helps!

Sarh - posted on 10/17/2010

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Take a blanket and cover baby w/it, rap it under the mattress nice and tight, and keep the blanket just below his armpits w/his arms over the blanket that way when he moves his hands he wont pull the blanket over his face. If he will tolerate it put the little mittens on his hands. W/my son I have to put him in long sleeves, normally a fleece pair of pjs w/a onesie on underneath, and then cover him w/the blanket. He sucks his thumb so I can't do the mittens. I live in WI so, I know how it is! My son is 4 months old, but on the cold nights I also put the little newborn hats on him, those stay on him until he wakes in the morning moving around.
But you can safely use a blanket... just tuck it under the bassinet mattress.

Katie - posted on 10/16/2010

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I live on the other side of the owrld to you - in New Zealand. But we have these neat "sleep sacks" that baby can wear from newborn to 2 years old at night time. They are made from Merino wool which keeps in the warmth but also helps to regulate the heat so they don't over-heat. It looks like a sleeping bag with arm holes, you open the sleep sack up, lay baby on top, bring the sleep sack over the baby, do up a zip from under the arm to the feet, then do up a button over the shoulder to keep it in place. Now baby is warm and can't kick blankets off, they are great!!

Jodi - posted on 10/16/2010

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You can swaddle him, they just don't want you loosely laying a blanket around him that he could pull up over his face. Also, we use blanket sleepers. They're thickish fleece jammies with feet that zip up (they make them in a sleeping sack style as well.) and you could put a hat and mittens on him if you feel the need. We put socks on underneath the jammies with our daughter, I grew up with the saying that if your feet are cold, put on a hat, if your body is cold, put on socks! They're the two biggest heat releasers on our bodies, our head and feet. Just keep in mind, SIDS is most common in the northern states of the US and colder climate countries because parents have a tendancy to overdress their children causing them to over heat. The general rule of thumb is, dress your child how YOU are comfortable, cold hands that are exposed doesn't mean your child is too cold if his body is warm.

Mary - posted on 10/16/2010

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My mom made me these sleep bags for my son the zip up the center they have sleeves with optional mittens on the end, either foldover or foldback. They are a light enough weight so he doesn't sweat too much but stays warm.

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Stifler's - posted on 11/07/2010

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I swaddled my baby and then put a blanket over the top of the bassinet and the hood bit up to keep the cold out.

Charlie - posted on 11/06/2010

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Gro bags or sleep sacks are great you can also swaddle him so his arms are wrapped up tight or get a heater for your room .

Alisha - posted on 11/06/2010

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I gave my daughter a blanket totally! I'd say not a huge bulky one depending on the age of your child, or else a small space heater (but if he's in your room and your hot that may not work) or you will have to suffer through the heat or open a window and turn the heater on and off through the night. There are also tons of pj's that are super warm and I also found at Target a baby swaddler blanket which wraps around them and velcros and their arms are tucked in so they can't move much which they like before 3 months b/c it reminds them of the womb!

REBECCA - posted on 11/04/2010

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swaddlers i found it thats the name and those sleeping bags too both safe and warm and reliable

REBECCA - posted on 11/04/2010

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there are these wonderful blankets i think you can get them at toys r us babies r us but it wraps arond them and sorry i am tryna remember the name but its for babies safe sleep you put their legs in and the sides wrap aroun and kinda like velcro to the other side which makes it impossible for the child to pull blanket over their head the name on mine is kiddopotamus maybe you can google that but its a great and safe blanket

Holly - posted on 11/04/2010

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They also have those soft fuzzy pj's that zip up but they are like a sleeping bag on the bottom with two arms on top. One other thing that my hospital nursing staff taught me before I brought my little girl home was to swaddle her and then take another blanket that wraps over top of her and under the mattress. She loved to be swaddled extra tight and it helped her sleep better. I also probably used that technique for about 2 1/2 months. I hope that helps

Stephanie - posted on 11/02/2010

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Definitely baby sleeping bags. I have used them since my daughter was about 2 months. I started with a blanket but she used to kick her legs so hard it would come off, I have tried blankets since but when she was about 5 months she used to get wrapped up in them, and now she wriggles out of them. (shes 1). I have a feeling we will be using sleeping bags til shes about 5 lol!

Andie - posted on 11/01/2010

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My baby girl is right next to my bed in a bassinet as well, and I like to swaddle her then wrap a light baby blanket over her lower half, tucking it around her like another swaddler. They're not going to be able to move around enough swaddled to get the blanket up by their faces. Also, being a light sleeper, I wake any time she makes a noise, so I'm not concerned that I won't hear her.

Hope that helps, and keeps your little guy warm! The cold little hands made me sad :(

Stay warm,
Andie
www.eazilyamuzed.com

Aly - posted on 10/30/2010

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I use blankets on all of my 6 children over the years 23 yrs to youngest 7 mths. This is the second time I've seen people who ask about blankets. I live in the UK ad there is no problem with using blankets here. You can buy blankets from bay shops here also homemade knitted and crocket ones are good. I have a fleece blanket in my car for out and about. My youngest likes to be really warm so has 2 or 3 blankets on top of his sheet. I've neber had any probs with blankets. If baby is too hot or too cold they will wake and let you know.. hope this helps, good luck. X

Alexis - posted on 10/29/2010

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try footies with gloves built in or they have these baby sacks that roasted my daughter when she was younger. you can get them at baby stores like toys r us/ babys r us, if they have them up there. walmart has them in as well kmart too. they are thick back lik bottoms with arms and a zipper. hope that helps

Jevonna - posted on 10/29/2010

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Hi Keara.
I use blankets with my little guy because he hates being swaddled. People told me not to just cover him up because the blanket can cover his face and suffocate him, But if you think about it. If they were having trouble breathing there would be a struggle of some kind. Depending on how heavy of a sleeper you are you would hear the struggle and wake up. (mommy instincts)

You do what you are comfortable with.

Nichole - posted on 10/29/2010

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I used blankets for my kids. Honestly, the odds of it going over his head and actually causing harm are slim to none. But if you're worried about that, you can always get a blanket sleeper/sleep sack. It fits right over their clothes. Kind of looks like the fleece sleepers that don't have legs, and without arms. It snaps at their shoulders and it zips up from the bottom. We were given one for my daughter but never used it since we always had blankets on her. Regardless though, it seems like their poor little feet get the coldest so no matter what you decide to use I would put a blanket at least on the lower half of his body to keep those little feet warm.

Jessica - posted on 10/29/2010

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My Son has a heater in his room. I keep his room at about 70 any less than that and he gets cold and wakes up early partly to nurse to get back to sleep abd the other part to get warm so he can go back to sleep. Besides the heater he also wears full pajamas with the feet. He use to stay swaddled and now he won't keep a blanket on him at all. So If I didn't do either one of these things he would be up and down several times a night and I would never get any sleep. Plus just like you I felt bad about my son being cold until I got it just right for him. *Also my son is on the other side of the house and I can barely hear him so I have a color/night vision monitor so that I can see or hear him when I want to. It makes my nights easier and my sons' as well. You might consider putting him in hos own room to make everyone comfortable? Best of luck

Sarah - posted on 10/28/2010

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I have read that a blanket is okay as long as it 1) only goes up to the baby's chest, no highger than the armpits and 2) is tucked firmly under the sides of the mattress

I also have seen wool type pads that sit in the crib, this really seems to help them retain warmth as well

Katrina - posted on 10/28/2010

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Hey I am in Saskatchewan, I know what you mean about the cold. We bought a halo sleepsack (fleecy one) and I sewed up the arm holes and put a couple of darts in the back of the neckline so he can't get his hands out the top to his face. DS sleeps better swaddled, but like your LO can get out of pretty much any swaddle. This way he's not able to get out of it, and even though it's not a tight swaddle, it still works, and keeps him warm! Good luck.

Michelle - posted on 10/28/2010

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baby sleeping bags are great and can buy in any department store (well in australia), they have summer and winter ones to cater to all weather. they are great! i use them all year round because my babies kick of their blankets at night, so the sleeping bags keep them warm and they dont wake up!

Kristen - posted on 10/28/2010

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Look up Halo Sleep Sacks. We used them for both kids and they love them! Warm, snuggly, easy, and not a hazard!

Jennifer - posted on 10/28/2010

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Sleep sacks are the way to go. His hands might still get cold, but you could always put mittens on them.

Traci - posted on 10/28/2010

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there are swaddlers you can buy that are safe because the swaddle tightly and the baby doesn't come undone, a lot of babies like these my daughter did not. So we swaddled her with a loose knit blanket she loved it cause she would stick her little fingers out of the holes and mover her arms about. Breathable blankets are still suppose to be okay as long as there is good air flow through them if it was to go over their face. I read that couple people mentioned thisbunting bag or sleeping bag type things that are like bags with arms... i would use these. Ive heard of many sids deaths because the baby squirmed and ended up down in the bag and of course wasn't able to get out. Warm Pjs and the furnace a notch higher is usually the safest... and put scratch mitts on if the little hands are too cold. Im from ontario too so i understand your issue!!

Sequoia - posted on 10/28/2010

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swaddle him with his hands in tight, and then once hes a bit too big to have his hands in get him some of the sleepsuits which have mittens on them (they look like normal sleeves but they have an extra piece you can fold over their hands)-i found them very useful. For babies though, they say that as long as the main part of their body (tummy&chest) is warm, extremities dont matter so much...

Jennifer - posted on 10/27/2010

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We always used a crocheted blanket for my son - it kept him warm and if he ever pulled it over his head (which he did frequently), it had holes...he was still be able to breathe. But it kept him warm anyway. We are in Minnesota - so I know what you mean...it definitely gets cold here too! Hope that helps!

Keri - posted on 10/27/2010

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Definitely recommend sleepsacs, merino keeps them at the right temperature. Also, a nice sheepskin mat under them too.

Maureen - posted on 10/27/2010

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We gave our son a blanket when he was in his bassinet...I had him in these fuzzy kinda sleeper things that had arms, hands, feet & head covered, when it was really cold, then just laid the blanket over top. I bought the sleeper thing at Wal-Mart, it was about $30, but worked great. It was in with the winter clothes, not the pj's.

Good Luck

Daphne - posted on 10/27/2010

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I started using a sleep sack after my baby started breaking out of the swaddle (plus I am terrified that she will get smothered in the blanket). But the sleep sack kept her warm and was really easy to put on and take off.

Joie - posted on 10/27/2010

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My Pediatrician said that if the nape of the neck is warm then the baby is warm. Because babies are so little and their systems are still growing and developing sometimes blood circulation is not that good and they get cold hands and feet. But the main point is if the nape of the neck is warm then your little guy is warm.

Andrea - posted on 10/27/2010

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You could try swaddling. Or if you tuck a blanket under the mattress and you put him on his back, he should be ok. I would look up information about SIDS. They have good information on how to keep baby warm while preventing accidental death. Not saying, your baby is at risk, just that you can't be too careful with all the fluffy blankets out there.

Courtenay - posted on 10/27/2010

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I put a heating pad (set on low) under my daughter's bassinet sheet. Well, actually b/c i thought the temp was still a little too warm, i actually but the heating pad down, covered it with a folded blanket, then put the bas. sheet over that. And, it worked wonderfully! She slept so much better and i felt better about it b/c i didn't have to use a blanket. I just had to make sure it was still on periodically and didn't automatically turn off.

Melinda - posted on 10/27/2010

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We are the same way. My husband and I like it cooler. So with our first child sleeping sacs were a life saver. Depending on the season just put him in his normal bed time clothes (onesie, sleeper with or without socks) then put him in the sleeper sac. Most of them just zip right up from bottom to top so it makes changing diapers so much easier. Some have sleeves and some don't. Its like a safe blanket. I buy them one the bigger size so my next one will be able to use it for a couple of years. Hope this helps!

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you could wrap him like, if he is small enough, or we got a sleeping bag thing, it has long sleves and is enclosed all over. you could also try some mittens on his hands. Like the ones put on new borns to stop them scratching.

Rebecca - posted on 10/26/2010

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You could put a small space heater in his room or get a stand up fan for your room. You could also put him in fleece pajamas and baby mittens or put him in a babby swaddler (usually made out of fleece material and wraps around the baby as a blanket). Hope this helps.

Kelsey - posted on 10/26/2010

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they make sleep sacks and they are awesome!!! they just go on and zip up, my daughter was born in january and it was freezing but those were great.

Amy - posted on 10/26/2010

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I used a blanket for my daughter even though I was told not to. Like you, I live in a colder climate. My daughter was born in early February and I live in Wisconsin. It was freezing! I did use a fleece blanket with her and she did just fine. However, later I learned about this thing called a sleep sack. It's a thicker fleece material and you can zip them up in it and they even make ones that have flaps on each side to swaddle their arms at their sides. I wish I would have invested in one. I suggest that. Here's a website of the most popular one I know of.
https://www.halosleep.com/

Gemma - posted on 10/26/2010

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My son is now 18 weeks and living in England in October it is pretty cold now he wears a vest, sleepsuit, baby sleeping bag and fleecy socks on his hands, he is nice and toasty in the mornings. I had to do the same thing in the winter for my eldest son and he was just fine too. x

Jessenia - posted on 10/26/2010

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I use long sleeve fleece sleep sacks and and kong sleeve mitten onsies. You can also just sew the hand holes in the sleeves shut to keep the babies hand warm

JENNA - posted on 10/26/2010

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cocoons! My grandma makes them and my daughter still likes them at 7 1/2 months. Send me an e-mail and I will send you a pic of he in one. jnhenning@live.com

Rebecca - posted on 10/26/2010

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Put him in a Sleep Sack or something similar and put on some mittens, or use infant gowns and outfits that have pull over mittens attached to them! Or combine the clothes that have the pull over mittens with the Sleep Sack (or similar product)!

https://www.halosleep.com/

Ricky - posted on 10/26/2010

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I just double up my sons sleepers before he was ready for a blanket. I didnt want to go out and spend money on the sleep sacks, and my son hated being swaddled. You can also do a onsie and socks under his sleeper. The most important thing is to keep his chest and his feet warm.

Megan - posted on 10/26/2010

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He should be swaddled! My daughter was swaddled until she wad 4 months, the tighter the swaddle, the better she slept!

Jackie - posted on 10/26/2010

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neither of my kids would stay swaddled. You could try the sleep sacks as I have heard a lot of good things about them. You can also put a lightweight hat and mittens on the baby. I have done this when we are up at our cottage during Thanksgiving. Also put a diaper shirt or some sort of undershirt under their warm sleeper and they should be warm enough to sleep. I used blankets for both my kids, I know that if you can find a nice crocheted one that has holes in it should be warm and safer, that way if the baby put over its head, it can breath through the little holes.

Andrea - posted on 10/25/2010

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aden & anais makes great muslin, breathable sleeping "bags" that baby can wear. they also make awesome swaddle blankets. if he's swaddled, chances are the blanket is not going to go over his head (although this is not impossible if he moves around a lot). have you considered footed sleeper pajamas? the sleep sacks are a peace-of-mind, comfortable safe way to go :)

Jeri - posted on 10/25/2010

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I used to wrap the blanket from my son's armpits down, put him in long sleeves, and put socks over his hands.

Jessa - posted on 10/25/2010

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Not sure how old your lil guy is, but we always swaddled our children until they were about 6 or 8 months and they stayed nice and warm. Also, all 4 of my children have always had blankets, sometimes many blankets. I was just always careful to make sure that they weren't fuzzy and that they were low enough, like around the chest area, that they couldn't end up over their face. We live in an area that gets pretty cold winters and so blankets were always needed in our home. Just watch the fabric that it's made from and make sure its not the fuzzy kind.

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If you are worried about swaddling I would suggest using a sleep sack. It is a fleece blanket with arms in some cases that zip up around your baby. Halo sleep sack worked for us. One thing to remember is if your babies body is warm that is the most important. If he is still small you may want to consider mittens. If he is too old for the mittens, then honestly he is most likely old enough to hold his body temp and doesn't need his hands covered.

Chrystal - posted on 10/25/2010

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honestly I have always used a blanket for my baby, even when she was in a bassinet. But I guess it's a matter of personal preference. For your baby's hand and feet you could maybe put mittens on him. like the kind you put over their hands to keep them from scratching themselves. And for your baby's feet if he's not wearing footie pj's then put socks on him. Good luck:)

Janessa - posted on 10/23/2010

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I was comfortable putting blankets on them, I also swaddled them if they let me. But if you are not comfortable with that, just put the warmest pajamas you can find on him, and maybe some mittens and a hat.

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