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Now that it's getting colder I'm wondering how many blankets/layers to keep bub warm at night.I'm just concerned about overheating.
At the moment I'm dressing bub in a bonds suit,then wrapped in a muslin wrap,then for bedclothes,a cotton interlock blanket,followed by a fleecy type blanket doulbed over (it's not very thick).
How many blankets do you use if you don't use a sleeping bag??
It's really hard to answer since it depends so much on the temperature each night and also what your house's heating is like. If bub's room is kept around 70o then you might not need so many blankets. A quick check is to see if bub is sweating at all - around the neck and hair line. If so then time to remove some. Also check their temperature on their chest. On the other side, if bub is waking up a lot then possibly they're too cold.
Last winter my dd was 3 to 6 months and I relied mainly on a bonds type suit with a warm flannel blanket to wrap and a light cotton blanket tucked in over her. A heater was in the room so was usually enough tho on very cold nights I'd use a heavier fleecy blanket over top.
My son was born in March 2003 so he was stil quite small thru the winter. I was given a Bonds sleeping bag, it's made of the same stuff as the suits, I went looking for another last winter and discovered that they only come in 000. So i ended up getting a fleecy one from big W. They both had long sleeves, but almost every night I would put my son in a bonds suit, or something similar depending on how warm or cold it was that night, sometimes a pair of socks as well, then the sleeping bag over the top. He never woke up cold and our house was freezing for the last two winters. Most nights I also used a blanket over him but he almost always kicked it off, even when he was really little coz we never really did the wraping thing.
The good thing about the bonds sleeping bag was that the sleeves had the fold over cuffs like their suits do to keep little hands warm :)
I guess it depends on how old your bub is, but I would definatly suggest one of the sleeping bags, you don't have to buy the grobag ones, they are really expensive, the cheapy ones from Big W, Target, Best'n'less all work fine and we had no problems with them sliding up over his face, something a few people have asked me about recently.
Good luck, and don't worry, bub will tell you if he/she is too cold :cool:
I just put my bub in a bonds suit with a slinglet underneath that. I then wrap her in a muslin wrap, then in her cot is a sheet and a waffle blanket (like the ones in the hospital beds) and then a fleecy blanket. It seems to work so far instead of the fleecy blanket I had a woollen blanket doubled over and she would wake at 3am for a feed (she was really thirsty) so that's when I replaced the blanket with a fleecy one and she sleeps through.
I put my daughter in a bonds wondersuit with a singlet underneath and then into a sleeping bag. She has a flannellette sheet on then a mink blanket and a hand stiched blanket. She is not too hot or too cold and never wakes up in the night cold. I think the sleeping bags are the best, because they can still kick off their blankets but atleast their bodies are still covered up. I have bought mine from Big W and they come in all different sizes.
Thanks for your thoughts on the subject.
I checked out the sleeping bags today,and wouldn't you know it,the only ones best and less had left were either too big or too small!
I think I'll stick to the blankets for now,she does sleep through so I guess she's warm enough. :)
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