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How to Know if Your Baby is Too Hot or Cold

Becoming a parent is a journey filled with learning and discovery, especially as we prepare for the arrival of our new baby. Despite our best efforts to learn everything beforehand, true understanding often comes once we’re in the thick of parenthood. With the chilly Gippsland winter upon us, I wanted to share some helpful tips I’ve gathered for keeping my babies comfortable and safe during sleep.

One of the main challenges is managing your baby’s sleep temperature. It's crucial but can be tricky to get right. A common concern among parents is determining whether their baby is too hot or too cold. In this blog, we'll guide you through understanding room temperature, dressing your baby appropriately, recognising signs of discomfort, and exploring options to keep your baby cosy during the winter months. We’ll also explain TOG ratings and how to interpret them, ensuring your baby sleeps soundly and safely.

Room Temperature

Baby yawning

When it comes to a comfortable sleep, there isn't a specific room temperature recommended rather, ensuring your baby is dressed appropriately for the climate they are sleeping in throughout the night. According to Red Nose Australia, babies control their temperature mainly through their head and face. This is why they recommend that you put baby to sleep on their back with head and face uncovered.

Always remember to remove head coverings before putting your baby to sleep and position them with their feet at the bottom of the cot. If you’re using sheets or blankets, ensure they are securely tucked in to prevent your baby from wriggling down and overheating.

How to Dress Your Baby

Dressing your baby appropriately for the room temperature is crucial. Here are some general guidelines:

  • In warmer temperatures (over 24°C / 75°F): A single layer, like a short-sleeved onesie or just a diaper.

  • In moderate temperatures (20-24°C / 68-75°F): A light onesie or pyjamas, possibly with a lightweight sleep sack.

  • In cooler temperatures (16-20°C / 61-68°F): A long-sleeved onesie, pyjamas, and a warmer sleep sack.

The Purebaby basics range is an excellent choice for layering your baby. Their collection includes grow suits, bodysuits, and singlets, all made from 100% cotton. These items are perfect for ensuring your little one has a comfortable night's sleep. You can find the Purebaby basics range at Sugarebabies in Traralgon.

Signs Your Baby May Be Too Hot or Cold

Babies cannot regulate their body temperature as efficiently as adults. Here are some signs to watch for:

  • Too Hot: Sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks, heat rash, rapid breathing.

  • Too Cold: Cool to the touch (especially hands and feet), pale skin, fussiness, reduced activity.

Options for Winter :

Babies alseep in ergoPouch Sleeping bag
ergoPouch Sleeping Bag

ergoPouch Jersey Sleeping Bag and Sleep Suit

The ergoPouch Jersey Sleeping Bag and Sleep Suit are excellent options for keeping your baby warm during winter, without the need for blankets. They are designed with organic cotton, providing warmth while being breathable.

  • Jersey Sleeping Bag: Ideal for babies who prefer to sleep with their legs extended. It comes in various TOG ratings to suit different room temperatures.

  • Sleep Suit: Converts from a sleeping bag to a sleep suit with legs, perfect for toddlers who like to move around.

Understanding TOG Ratings

TOG stands for Thermal Overall Grade, a measure of thermal insulation used in the textile industry and by ergoPouch. Here’s a quick guide to interpreting TOG ratings for sleepwear:

  • 0.2-0.5 TOG: Suitable for warm temperatures (24-27°C / 75-81°F).

  • 1.0 TOG: Suitable for moderate temperatures (20-24°C / 68-75°F).

  • 2.5 TOG: Suitable for cooler temperatures (16-20°C / 61-68°F).

  • 3.5 TOG: Suitable for cold temperatures (below 16°C / 61°F).

By matching the TOG rating to the room temperature, you can ensure your baby is neither too hot nor too cold.

ergoPouch TOG rating guide
ergoPouch TOG rating guide

ergoPouch for sale at Sugarbabies Traralgon
Sugarbabies Traralgon

Where to Buy

For those in Traralgon, Sugarbabies is your go-to store for purchasing ergoPouch products. They offer a range of sleeping bags and sleep suits to keep your baby comfortable through all seasons.

Top 5 Key Things to Know as a New Parent

  1. Monitor Room Temperature: Understand the temperature of your baby's room so they can be dressed appropriately.

  2. Dress Appropriately: Use layers and adjust based on room temperature.

  3. Watch for Signs: Learn to recognise if your baby is too hot or cold.

  4. Use TOG Ratings: Match sleepwear TOG ratings to the room temperature.

  5. Quality Sleepwear: Invest in good sleepwear like ergoPouch products for better comfort and safety.

Amie serving at Sugarbabies Traralgon
Sugarbabies Traralgon

By following these guidelines, you can create a safe and comfortable sleeping environment for your baby. Remember, a well-rested baby is a happy baby, and a happy baby means happy parents!

For more information and to purchase Purebaby Basics and ergoPouch products, visit Sugarbabies in Traralgon. Happy parenting!

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