i live in Guildford in Perth where it can get quite cold in winter, not Canberra cold but colder than Sydney. I think it gets down to 5 degrees. Anyway it's cold, but not cold enough to leave a heater on all night.
My question is, how do you keep the baby warm without overheating? And how do you feed at night without both of you getting chilly? Ditto on the changing nappies?
Sorry if these are stupid questions but I woke up thinking about it (as you do when it's the middle of summer and your baby is due in winter )
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21-01-2012 07:16 #1Senior Member
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Feeding at night in winter
21-01-2012 07:41 #2
Subscribing. I'm due in winter too, but live near the mountains where it's REALLY cold at night.
21-01-2012 07:48 #3
Hi! I had a winter baby, born june 2010, what I did was, leave a big blanket laid out on the couch, then when I got up to feed dd, I used to sit in the middle of the blanket, put dd on my b00b then pull the edges of the blanket around to cover us both up.
For nappy changing, I'd be super fast. Unfold the clean nappy, lay it on the change table ready to put it on your bub, then lay bub down on the clean nappy. That way, as soon as you take the dirty nappy off, you have the clean one in place, ready to put on bub quickly.
Also, dd would poo at the end of each feed. In the early days, I used to change nappy as soon as dd woke up, then she'd poo, so it meant 2 nappy changes for each night feed, it went more smoothly when I learnt to feed first, then change the nappy, then cuddle and back to bed.
21-01-2012 07:52 #4Senior Member
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I'm in QLD, and it can get down to 1degrees here overnight, average is around 5degrees in the middle of winter though, and we do run the heater all night if I'm going to be getting up and down, especially with a little bub who I may have to get undressed to change a nappy etc, it's impossible to keep them warm without their clothes on otherwise. We have reverse cycle air conditioning, so just leave it on a low setting and it keeps the house on the warmer side and we normally dress them in a singlet with wondersuit and a lightweight sleeping bag, or a heavier fleecy all in one suit.
With our first bub before we had the air con installed I use to put on a bar heater in the lounge room when I got up and do all the changing and feeding in front of that so that the air around bub still stayed warm. Then just turned it off when I was done.
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21-01-2012 08:21 #5
I had my son in June last year and I'm from Melbourne so it's freezing here in winter. We had a thermostat controlled heater in DS's room so when it got to a particular temperature in his room it would cut out, but it would be a nice comfortable temperature. I used to just feeding him in his room to keep him in a night time routine so he knew their was a difference between waking in the day and night. It also saved on having to keep the whole house warm... The walk between rooms however was kind of chilly so the electric blanket on my bed got a workout too... Lol.
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21-01-2012 08:44 #6
I had 2 winter babies and I would basically be fully dressed so when I had to get up all I would do is put on my uggies and drag myself to bubs to feed. I then had a big warm dressing gown that I would drape over us as well.
Also my DSs were in sleeping bags so they were always warm and toasting when feeding.
With nappy changes it would just have to be quick...but they really didnt seem to mind.
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21-01-2012 08:49 #7
I'm in Canberra so feeding overnight is cold business some nights (early mornings were the worst).
I would change DS' nappy between boobs which would wake him up a bit to take all of the second half of the feed and get him cosy, warm and sleepy again.
I invested in a super warm, cosy dressing gown with pockets (to hold mobile for playing scrabble/checking FB etc to keep awake). If it was really cold I could flip a side of the dressing gown over DS and me like a blanket while he fed (and could flip the other side when we changed breasts). A pair of warm ugg boots is also a must.
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21-01-2012 09:17 #8
Wear a shirt and feed laying down in bed, nice and warm and snuggly
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21-01-2012 10:06 #9
Subscribing I'm due in June and it gets freezing in Kalgoorlie at night...
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21-01-2012 10:09 #10
I too used to leave a blanket on the couch and cover us with it. I also had a fleece zip up top beside the bed do used to put that on too. I only used to undo the bottom buttons on their jumpsuits to try and keep them warm if I had to change a nappy.
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