I’m one of those kind of cold sensitive people, and particularly at night, more so now that winter is upon us. I cannot stand being cold, and am always worried that the little ones are cold too. I know from experience that cold toes can wake a baby at night! And as Elsie is not the greatest of sleepers, the last thing I want is another reason for her to grace us with her presence in the middle of the night! Here are my three top tips for making baby’s bedroom cosy for winter, featuring the beautiful Nature’s Purest Sleep Safari Quilt from the NCT shop
Check the room temperature
It is so so important to have a handle on the temperature in baby’s bedroom, all throughout the year. During the summer, you need to make sure that there is plenty of fresh air circulating and also that the temperature doesn’t rise too much. Likewise, in the winter, it’s just as vital to keep checking how hot or cold the room is. It can be tempting to crank up the heating to warm downstairs, but don’t forget baby up in bed! You want a nice warm room, but you don’t want it overheated! Not do you want it too cold. Argh!
We have a baby monitor that keeps a check on the room temperature for us, but you can buy room thermometers very easily so it’s really worth investing in one. As a general rule, baby’s bedroom should be between 16 and 20 degrees C. If you notice that the room is any lower or any higher than this, then you need to make some adjustments. The best way to check if baby is too warm is to feel the tummy or back of the neck. If baby feels hot and sweaty, remove a layer of clothing.
If baby feels cool, don’t panic. It’s normal for babies to have cold hands and feet, but if the rest of the body feels cold too, you might want to add a layer, or turn on the heating.
Use winter bedding
Throughout the summer, we tend to just pop Elsie in a vest with a sleeping bag, and she sleeps happily like that. However, in the winter it can get pretty cold up north, so we always make sure we switch her bedding to compensate for the lower temperatures. We use sleeping bags from Mama Designs, Babasacs, which have really clever zip in and out layers for the different seasons. So now that it’s cooler, we use the extra layer to pad her bag out a little and provide extra warmth.
Since the weather turned really cold, we’ve started using a quilt for an extra layer of warmth too. We were sent the wonderful Nature’s Purest Sleep Safari Quilt from the NCT shop, and it’s just perfect for Elsie.
It’s made from 100% naturally coloured cotton, so there’s no nasty chemicals in there at all. And at 100x120cm it fits standard cot beds, so is just great in Elsie’s cot. I love the fact that it is light and yet cosy too. And being neutral in colour means that it fits really well with any colour scheme.
The Sleepy Safari quilt is a very recent addition to Elsie’s cot, and I must point out the quilts are not recommend for babies under the age of 12 months. According to the Lullaby Trust, before baby is 12 months, only light sheets and blankets should be used. The Sleepy Safari quilt is big enough and thin enough to tuck easily into the ends and the sides of the cot, so that there is no loose bedding at all. I always make sure the top of the quilt stops at Elsie’s chest, and she is placed into bed with her feet at the foot. Of course, she moves in her sleep quite a lot, but because the quilt is lightweight its not a problem. I always check on her throughout the night and am happy that the quilt is safe to use.
This is really such a beautiful quilt, perfect for neutral nurseries, but would also work really well in brightly coloured rooms or room with a theme.
Invest in thick curtains
curtains are essential for a cosy bedroom! When we decorated Elsie and Bella’s room we went for curtains with blackout lining so that we could keep the sunlight from disturbing sleep. Like I said, it’s just one more reason for her to wake up! But good quality curtains also keep the room cosy, stop draughts coming from the window and help to keep the warmth of the room from escaping. In the summer, we tend to switch to lighter curtains and use a thinner blackout blind instead.
We were sent one Sleepy Safari quilt for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Please visit the NCT shop for more baby essentials.