By MeOhMy Editor Siobhan (@meohmymum)
We’re not an advice blog. We’ve never been here to tell you what to feed your baby and when, or how to settle them to sleep. We write more about the emotional side of motherhood – the roller coaster ride that it is.
However, it seems like each time I post a photo of my babes asleep someone always asks about what they’re wearing, or why I don’t have blankets on them. So, I’ve teamed up with the folks at ergoPouch to bring you a little post about dressing babies for safe sleeping.
Particularly with the cooler months coming up, it’s important to make sure your baby is warm in their cot – if they’re cold, they’ll most likely wake up early in the morning at the coldest part of the day. Trust me, I’ve been there (as we all have). 4am wake-ups are NOT COOL.
On the flip side, if they’re too warm it’s dangerous.
We have never used blankets on our bubs, bar the very early newborn days when they couldn’t wriggle around. They were in onesies, swaddles with blankets over the top until they could roll onto their sides and then over. At that point, we invested in some good sleeping bags (that have their arms free so they don’t get stuck on their tummy and can’t get back).
We’ve always been a big fan of ergoPouch – not only do they have an awesome range of different types of suits and swaddles, they also use super soft natural fibres
Babies sleep better in natural fibres because they improve breathability and keep your little one’s body at an even temperature. This makes them safe and perfect for all seasons - without the need for blankets.
Last year we moved from Brisbane to Sydney – so, Harry was suddenly cold pretty much for the first time in his wee life. At 12 months of age, after having slept through the night pretty much since eight weeks old (bar nights when he was teething badly or sick) he started waking up multiple times in the night for no particular reason. He would only settle when we brought him into our bed and cuddled him.
I had a hunch it was the sudden cold, so we bought a 3.5 TOG ergoPouch sleep suit. And I’m not just saying this, it made SUCH a difference.
So what do you put under sleep suits or swaddles?
ergoPouch have this very useful guide that helps you work that out, based on the temperature in the room and season.
It's important to first work out what the temperature is in the room where they are sleeping. We were very worried about that with Harry as he was our first and we literally had no idea. We were lucky to have climate control in our apartment so it was easy to monitor the temperature. We also used a baby monitor which monitored motion (i.e. breathing) and also the temp.
We use this same monitor with Aoife to tell how cool it is in her room. At the moment, the temperature is sitting at around 19 degrees at night in her room so we’re dressing her in a 2.5TOG with a short sleeve bodysuit and long sleeve long leg onesie underneath.
Having just turned 2, Harry is still using ergoPouch sleep suits – we did try a duvet with him, as he loves pulling ours up to his chin when he’s in with us in the morning, but he just pulled his off and ended up cold. So, he’s back in his sleep suit and not waking at all.
Can I get a hallelujah!
[NOTE: This is a sponsored collaboration with ergoPouch. MeOhMy NEVER endorses anything we do not 100% love and use ourselves.]