If you want your child to sleep well at night, you shouldn’t neglect one important condition: their clothes. It’s very important for them to be comfortable and not feel extremely hot or cold. Are you starting to get confused? It’s not as hard as you think. All you have to do is follow a few easy rules.
Keep an Eye on the Room Temperature
- If you’re trying to make your baby sleep well, try adjusting the room temperature with the air conditioner or by other means. It’s best to keep it between 18 and 20°C.
- To do this, you can use an accurate thermometer and monitor it regularly.
- If you can’t do that, you should ensure their comfort by choosing appropriate clothing for them.
Choose Appropriate Clothing
If you really want your child to feel their most comfortable while they sleep, start by preparing the clothes that will make them comfortable, based on the temperature of the room.
- 18–20°C: Get a cotton sweater and one-piece pajama ready for your child.
- Less than 18°C: It’s best to dress your child in a long-sleeved sweater to keep them warm, and a thick one-piece pajama. However, be sure not to put too many clothes on them; feeling hot would keep them from sleeping.
- 20–24°C: When your child feels hot, choose a short-sleeved sweater and a one-piece pajama made of thin cotton.
- Over 25°C: In this case, your child won’t feel cold if they sleep only wearing a light sweater and underwear. However, take care and don’t let them sleep bare-chested.
- A hat: Try to take it off, as it could cause them to overheat.
- Clothing with straps and ribbons that could expose your child to suffocation.
Test the Appropriate Temperatures
- You can easily recognize when your child feels hot or cold; just compare the temperature of their belly and feet. If their belly is warm and their feet are lukewarm, that means they’re comfortable.
- However, if their belly and feet are cold, that indicates that they’re feeling cold.
- If all are warm, that definitely means they’re feeling hot.
- Remember it is dangerous to let your baby overheat or become too cold.
Before testing, be sure that they’re wearing appropriate clothing and sleeping at an appropriate temperature.