View Full Version : Keeping her under the blanket
My daughter has never stayed under the blanket for any sleep, she crawls out and then sleeps on top of them. It is starting to get very cold and we don't want to have the heater on all night. This morning her feet were blue and she was shivering when i got her up. Anyone have any suggestions?
I'm not sure how old your daughter is, but when our 4 month old went through a wriggling up out of the blankets stage we started dressing him much warmer. Have you tried those sleeping/grow bags? At least that way her feet and hands will stay protected even if they are out of the blankets. Our bubba didn't like the bag - but he does sleep well in the really fleecy sleep suits that are lined on the inside. If its extra chilly we put a cotton bodysuit on underneath it.
We also have the heater in his room on a 24'hour timer so that it goes on a for a little bit just before bed time, and again for a little bit at about 3am. This keeps the room warm, but not too warm.
my son is also a rat for climbing out of his covers...
i have just become a master at putting him back under before i go to bed...
we found that because my son can crawl he crawls around his cot before he is willing to go to sleep... this means he sleeps in the most weirdest positions...
seeing i normally go to bed at 10pm, i put the heater in his room until then, and when i go to bed i gently lift him in to the correct position and put his covers back on...
she is almost 18 months now and tends to be a very light sleeper. If wee go in she is usually awake when we open the door.She is still in the all in one suits during winter but she still freezes.
my little boy who is 1 in three weeks never stayed under the blankets. as he is a light sleeper it was really hard to sneak in and put him under the blankets. i was told about grobags which you use over there pyjamis. when i go in of a morning he feels really toasty so i would reccomend these. you dont use blankets or anything else on them except the grobag. it gives us a bit more peace of mind knowing he is warm. they are a bit expensive but worth it.
It is a bit hard when the are older trying to put them in those sleeping bag type suits but it is probabley your best bet short of using a heater.
We used to use an oil heater as they are so much safer than any other type. But we found it was cheaper (in the long run) and far more convenient to put in a reverse cycle split system air conditioner. It cost far less to run than what you think. Obviously the start up cost is more pricey than an oil heater. But now we simply set the temperature and the a/c works on and off through the night without bub getting too hot or too cold. It is great is summer too. The power bill hardly changed from using one oil heater to running three a/c systems. In fact it is a little cheaper at times. Nowadays you can get systems installed fairly reasonabley and even on interest free if you want.
If bub's feet are getting very cold in coveralls than I would put an extra pair of socks on under the suit. It helps keep their feet much warmer.
The sleeping bags are a God send..... My son just wont sleep under his blankets but with warm pj's and socks on and the sleeping bag he is toasty warm.
He is 15 months old now and loves his bags, he even walks around in them in the morning before i dress him (he has mastered the art of shuffling his feet!!)
I totally recommend them
we did have sleeping bags when she was a bit younger but she got a bit too active for them, she is a bit of a climber and can't do it in the bags. I have started keeping her slippers on for her overnight sleep and that seems to be keeping her feet a little warmer. She seems to have poor circulation like me unfortunately and her hands and feet turn to ice.
Thanks for the replies though
My 18 month old also wriggles around too much and won't stay under the covers. I use fleecy pyjamas with feet in them but she's long and skinny and outgrows them so fast I usually end up cutting the feet out. And she pulls off socks. So on cold nights I've resorted to putting tights on her under the pyjamas, and also an undershirt/vest.
Sleeping Bags! They help with getting a routine established aswell, as my daughter has started to associate her bag, and getting into her bag, as sleep time,.. She is also unable to stand up in her bag, which is helpful!
I would second the sleeping bag aswell. you can buy (or make if you are clever) fleecy ones that fit comfortably over their pjs. My twins 2.5 years still wear theirs to go to bed in as does Adele.
I had the same problem with our 10 month old. We dress him now in a singlet , a T shirt, and socks then a Bonds 100% cotton suit ( long sleeved) and then put a fleecy sleep suit thats one size too big over all that! The fleecy sleep suits are the same as "sleeping bags" and are just as effective but still have legs in them. He doesn't need to stay under the blankets with all that on and the several light layers underneath seem to keep him warm. Layering is the key actually because warm air gets trapped between the layers. ( Its a hassle doing the early morning nappy change though!!!) The bonds suits aren't enough on their own in winter you definately need a fleecy suit over the top. Hope this helps.
I have the same problem. I use tights as they keep both legs and feet warm just have to make sure they are not too firm around the waist.
I usually put on a singlet, tee shirt weight pjs, tights, then I bought a polar fleece coverall from Target as they have larger sizes up to size 5. This has made a big difference and I wish the coverall were more readily available in large sizes as they sold out at Target pretty quick. But try some tights as they do keep them very warm
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.1.9 Copyright © 2013 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.