Dressing Your Baby for a Good Night's Sleep: Seasonal Guide
As the mercury rises, keeping your baby cool and comfortable through the night becomes a primary concern for every mum. Overheating is a well-documented risk factor that can lead to disturbed sleep or more serious health concerns for infants. UK research, including guidelines provided by the NHS and The Lullaby Trust, recommends maintaining the nursery at a comfortable 16°C to 20°C (61°F to 68°F) to help ensure your baby sleeps safely and soundly. This temperature range is considered ideal for preventing overheating and minimising the risk of SIDS. Aligning with this advice, selecting the appropriate nightwear and bedding for your baby becomes an essential task for ensuring their comfort and well-being throughout the night.
Perfect Nightwear: Lightweight Rompers
Lottie & Lysh's collection shines in the warm seasons with our array of lightweight rompers. Always made with love in the UK from breathable, high-quality fabrics that are Oeko Tex certified, these rompers are designed to keep your baby cool and dry throughout the night. The moisture-wicking properties of our fabrics are especially beneficial, ensuring that any sweat is quickly absorbed and doesn't leave your baby feeling damp and uncomfortable.
For babies who tend to scratch themselves in their sleep or who have sensitive skin conditions like eczema, our rompers with fold-down mitts offer a dual solution. They prevent self-scratching, protecting delicate skin while also ensuring optimal temperature regulation. This thoughtful feature means you can rest easy, knowing your baby is not only comfortable but also safe from little scratches.
Complementing with Blankets and Baby Sleeping Bags
While our rompers provide the first layer of comfort, how you layer additional bedding like blankets and baby sleeping bags can further ensure your baby stays at a comfortable temperature throughout the night. It's essential to follow safe sleeping guidelines when using any additional bedding. The Lullaby Trust recommends light, breathable layers that can be easily added or removed based on the room temperature and your baby's comfort.
For the warmest nights, a single, light blanket, such as a swaddle, over our romper might be all that's needed. Ensure the blanket is securely tucked in around the crib mattress, only reaching as far as the baby's chest, to prevent it covering their face. On slightly cooler nights, or for air-conditioned rooms, a lightweight baby sleeping bag designed for summer use (0.5 to 1.0 tog) can be an excellent choice. These sleeping bags, like our clothing, should be made from breathable materials to prevent overheating, offering a snug and secure environment for your baby to sleep in.
Check out Tommee Tippee for our favourite range of Grobags.
Navigating Night-time Temperatures
Ensuring your baby sleeps comfortably and safely means keeping an eye on the temperature of their room. Studies, including one from the University of Bristol, show that babies sleep best when the room is kept between 16°C and 20°C. A simple room thermometer can help you keep track of this, letting you adjust your baby’s clothing and bedding to keep them just right—neither too hot nor too cold.
We adore this Starlight room thermometer from Purflo
Handy Tips for Perfect Baby Sleep
Use a Room Thermometer: It's an easy way to see if your baby’s room is within the comfortable 16°C to 20°C range.
Opt for Breathable Fabrics: Our collection is designed with breathable, moisture-wicking materials, perfect for keeping your little one comfy without overheating.
A Cooler Room is Better: If in doubt, it’s safer to keep the room a bit cooler rather than warmer. Babies let us know if they’re cold by waking up, so you’ll have a chance to add a layer if needed.
Remember, keeping your baby comfortable at night isn't about hitting the perfect temperature every time but about creating a safe, cosy environment they can rest in. With these simple tips you're all set for ensuring your baby gets the best sleep, safely.