The winter is here again and the temperatures are at sub-zero, you know how hard it is for you to sleep when your body is almost freezing yet you are under the heaviest of the blankets, right? The situation is not different when it comes to your little munchkin. While you have the capacity to control your temperature, the same cannot be said about your child. Infants rely on their caregivers to keep their cribs and nursery warm so that they can sleep or relax comfortably. Ensuring your baby remains warm is imperative and there are various aspects that you should consider to avoid sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Here are some tips to help you keep your baby warm in crib.
Regulate the room’s temperature
While your instincts may inform you that you need to warm your baby’s room more than other rooms, this should not be the case as there is a recommended temperature range. Set your baby’s room temperature to guarantee a comfortable and restful environment. According to Lullaby Trust, your baby’s room should be set between 16°C to 20°C. Sounds chilly to you, right? The reason why this temperature is recommended is that there have been numerous cases of sudden infant deaths syndrome (SIDS) due to overheating, therefore, you’re better off with your baby’s room being cooler than risk overheating.
To ensure your baby’s room temperature is right, you should use a room thermometer to establish the real temperature in the room. A room thermometer will not cost you much and there also baby cribs that contain their own simple thermometers. However, you can purchase a more sophisticated room thermometer that comes with various functions like a nightlight or even color change features allowing you to know if the room temperature is right even when you have switched off the room’s light. If you have a baby monitor, chances are that you already have a built in room thermometer and you don’t have to buy a new one. Check whether your baby monitor is fitted with a room thermometer before heading to the market for one.
The ideal way of ensuring that your baby remains to warm his or her crib is to customize the central heating system in your house to the recommended temperature range of 16°C and 20°C. To be on the safe side set your house’s heater to about 18°C. If you don’t have a central heating system in your house, set the heater in your baby’s room to 18°C.
Ensure that you customize the thermostat that is on your baby’s nursery radiator so as to get the recommended room temperature. You can also use an electric fan heater to heat the room to the right temperature. You might also want to purchase thick and lined curtains to ensure that once the right temperature has been achieved it remains so until there is need to adjust it again.
Place your baby’s crib in the right position
The location of your little munchkin’s crib in your baby’s room has an impact on whether your baby remains warm. It is imperative to consider some of the aspects that may affect the crib’s temperature.
To start with, you should not put your baby’s crib near a radiator, fireplace as well as other sources of heat in your house. This will help in preventing your baby’s crib from overheating which is a risk factor to your baby’s wellbeing. You don’t want your baby’s crib to overheat.
Put your baby’s crib some feet far from the windows, ventilation and fans. You don’t want your little angel to be bathing in cold air. Ensure that the crib is not directly affected by strong winds as this will make your baby cold. Similarly, to ensure your baby’s crib does not turn to an oven, avoid placing it in a place where it is facing bright sunlight. Even if the sunlight is through the windowpanes, kindly don’t expose your baby to it. While you might be preventing your baby from overheating, it is also important to note that direct sunlight might expose your baby to harmful UV sunlight rays that may damage his or her skin.
You might also want to put your crib away from windows if they have curtain cords that can be blown by the wind. It is important to note that while you’re trying to make your baby warm, his or her safety is important as these cords can be a potential strangulation hazard for your little champ.
If you’re using a portable heater to warm your room like an electric fan heater, you should ensure that it does not directly face your baby’s crib. You don’t want to subject your baby to direct heat that may irritate him or her or even overheat the crib. Ensure your baby’s crib is far away from the portable heater as it can also cause him or her to suffer from poisonous gases that may emanate from it.
Use only certified cribs
When it comes to baby products, safety, and their wellbeing should come first. That’s why it is always important to buy certified products only. When going to the market, ensure that the crib you’re buying has been approved the relevant organizations and government agencies that it will not be a hazard to your kiddo. The crib’s bars should have the right gap between them to ensure that your baby cannot fit in between them or some of his or her body parts get stuck. Very wide bars also make the crib cold as wind from the windows can easily get in and out.
However, you should also ensure that the bars are not too narrow to allow for smooth air circulation and avoid any dangers of overheating. You should also check if the crib comes with hanging objects that may absorb the warmth or that may be injurious to your kiddo.
To ensure your crib is certified, check out for the Children Product Certificate (CPC) when buying one. As per the government’s regulations, cribs manufactured since 2011 should meet the recent federal crib wellbeing standards. Among other aspects, the standards require the manufacturer to ensure the crib guarantees warmth and safety for your child. Therefore, going for a crib that is certified is a step toward ensuring that your baby remains warm while resting or sleeping.
A certified crib also ensures that it comes with a comfortable and stable sleeping surface which is ideal for back sleeping. It is important to note that when your baby is sleeping on his or her back there is even flow of air in and out of the crib allowing your baby to remain warm when in the crib.
If you have twins, ensure that the crib is certified for use by twins. It’s important to note that if a crib is not ideal for twins it will be difficult to ensure your babies remain warm at all time.
Your crib should be fitted with a firm mattress
It is important to ensure that your baby’s crib is fitted with a firm mattress which is not too plush. A very soft mattress can be a smothering hazard to your baby and can also make it hard for the sheets to remain in position while your kiddo is sleeping exposing him or her to cold.
To ensure your baby remains warm in the crib use tight and fitted flannel sheet. It should never bunch up since it can pose as a danger to your kiddo if it covers his or her nose and mouth. A soft one-piece baby sleeper can add an additional layer of warmth for your baby during cold days and nights. Sleepers ensure that your baby remains covered from head to toe avoiding exposure to cold weather. For more warmth, you can clothe your kiddo with a bodysuit or undershirt beneath the sleeper.
As you know that a baby is super active and in the cause of playing, can kick away the blankets exposing herself to cold. Instead of using a blanket to cover your baby, it’s advisable to use a sack or if you don’t have, you can purchase a wearable blanket. A sack and wearable blanket zips up front ensuring that your baby is covered from head to toe. It’s important to note that they are sleeveless and your baby will still have the capacity to move their hands while the rest of the body remains covered. You can also use the sack and wearable blanket over a sleeper.
Preheat the crib
If it’s extremely cold in your house, you might want to preheat your baby’s crib. You might also want your baby to sleep in lightweight pajamas to avoid strangulation or making your uncomfortable while sleeping due to heavy clothing.
The best way to preheat your kiddo’s crib is by using a hot water bottle for a little amount of time prior to laying your kiddo on the crib. You can also use a microwave bag or heating pad by placing it on the crib to ensure it’s warm. Ensure that you remove any preheating item from the crib before putting your little angel on the crib.
As a precaution against any accident or injury, you should avoid using an electric blanket on your kiddo’s crib. It can lead to overheating and as you know, small infants cannot regulate their temperature, so take caution. Similarly, avoid using loose blankets to avoid SIDS risks.
Keeping your baby’s crib warm is important to ensure that your kiddo does not get sick due to cold. It does not only help your baby to sleep comfortably but also help them to grow fast with minimum health complications. As you have read, there are numerous ways of ensuring your kiddo’s crib remains warm at all times. Follow the above tips and make you happy while relaxing or napping on their crib.