Dressing your baby correctly for a safer night’s sleep

The correct room temperature is vital for creating a safer sleeping environment for your baby. The Lullaby Trust recommends that the room your baby sleeps in should be maintained at 16–20°C. For many of us, this feels a bit chilly, but research has shown that it is a safe and comfortable temperature for a baby to sleep in and helps reduce the risk of cot death. But how do you know if you’re dressing your baby correctly?

Dressing your baby correctly

Dressing your baby correctly for a safer night's sleepNew babies are not able to regulate their body temperature by sweating or shivering. Therefore, you need to make sure that they are kept safe and comfortable by checking on them regularly.

A good nursery thermometer, such as the Groegg can give you peace of mind that baby is resting at the right temperature and what you need to dress them in.

Here are our top tips to help you maintain a comfortable nursery temperature:

For those warmer nights

We fully appreciate that maintaining an ideal nursery temperature of 18°C can be particularly difficult to achieve in the summer months, especially when heat waves can catch us by surprise!

Overheating is a risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Therefore, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and apply fewer layers. You can always add more as appropriate.

Here are some things you can do to keep baby cool:

  • Change their bedding or baby sleep bag to a lighter tog, or remove all bedding.
  • During the day, shut the curtains or blinds and keep the windows closed to keep the room cool. During the night, as the temperatures dip, open the windows to help with air circulation.
  • Place a fan at a low level near a window to circulate the cooler air at night. Make sure it is not within reach of your baby or pointing directly at them.
Brr, it’s getting cold outside.

During the winter months you need to make sure that your baby cannot overheat. We recommend using a thermostat to ensure that the room is kept at a safe temperature, without having to leave heating on all night in baby’s room.

Dressing your baby correctly for safer night's sleep - GrobagIf baby does stir because they are too cold, you can add an extra layer of clothing or change to a warmer tog Baby Sleep Bag. A warming cuddle or a warm drink before returning them to their cot can also help.

We fully understand that temperature is a big worry for mums and dads. Sometimes, despite taking every care, you might not be sure whether your baby is too hot or too cold. Don’t be alarmed if baby’s hands feel cold. This is completely normal and is not a good indication of their actual body temperature. The best way to check is to feel their tummy or neck.

What to wear?

Baby Sleep Bags are designed to be used instead of blankets and top sheets. A Grobag Baby Sleep Bag is a wearable blanket that comes in various tog ratings for different seasons and will keep your baby at a comfortable temperature all night long. As with all Baby Sleeping Bags, it’s important to be aware of the temperature of the room in which your baby is sleeping and ensure that your baby is appropriately dressed.

For more information on what your baby should wear, visit The Gro Company’s website 

The Gro Company

The Gro Company was founded in 2000, the result of two parents battle to get their baby to sleep at night. Practically unheard of in the UK, an Austrian sister-in-law introduced them to baby sleep bags, and after the amazing 12 hour sleep as a result, Grobag was born. Wanting to spread the word to other sleep deprived parents, our founders gave themselves a target of 10 years to get the UK from 0% to 80% baby sleeping bag usage, but managed it in 5.