It can be tricky to dress a baby for optimal comfort. Their little bodies run both hotter and cooler than...
It can be tricky to dress a baby for optimal comfort. Their little bodies run both hotter and cooler than ours depending on the weather, plus their temperature can change quickly. For example, in the summer it's warm during the days but often too chilly at night for a baby to go sans sweater. In the winter people tend to overheat their homes and a baby dressed for cool weather may overheat once inside. Here's how to dress your baby comfortably year-round:
- Most experts recommend that your baby wear one more layer of clothing than you are wearing in most cases.
- When it's cool don't place a blanket on your baby (blankets have been linked to SIDS) but instead use a baby sleeping bag nightgown.
- Babies don't always sweat, so it's hard to tell if your baby is too hot. A damp neck, fast breathing, or a cranky mood may all indicate that your baby wants to lose some clothing.
- During cool weather you can tell if your baby is too cold if she's shivering or by touching her chest or tummy. If either of these feel chilly she's too cold. Don't gage body temperature of a baby by how her feet and hands feel because both hands and feet of a baby can run cool simply because of how her circulatory system is developing. Another sign of chill is reddish or blueish, blotchy, looking skin on her chest and tummy - this is called mottling.