In any sleep-related post, I need to give an all-important shout out to safe sleeping. Remember that it is best to put your newborn to sleep on their back and free from any potential suffocation items (like any loose blankets, pillows or stuffed animals). If your child can roll over on their own and persistently rolls to their stomach – well, go with your gut. Our kid slept on her stomach since she could roll over and simply would not stay on her back. A mom can go in to roll their kid over and risk waking only so many times.
The important issue is head control.
If your child has enough head control to easily move out of a potential suffocation position, then they should be fine. The SIDS concern is that the infant fatigues in a position that they are unable to get out of.
Remember that it is not necessary to have a crib bumper and that they can cause a potential risk of suffocation. The reason behind crib bumpers coming into place is because cribs slots used to be farther apart and people got worried about their kids bumping their head. Crib slots have since been regulated to be closer together and there have been no reported cases of death from a head bumping into a crib railing. Refer back to our post on Cribs for more information.
Sleep Sacks – so nice and cozy.
So, since you aren’t going to be using blankets, sleep sacks are awesome. They just are. From the easy SwaddleMe for newborn stage to prevent startle waking, to Halo’s vast array of sleep sacks and wearable blankets. They help keep your baby secure and warm without worry of suffocation or entanglement from a loose blanket. There are higher-end sleep sacks/swaddle blankets, and it’s honestly up to you which ones you want to spend money on. We had great success with the Halo brand. Again, with all things, we stuck to gender-neutral designs so we could use them again if we have a baby of opposite gender. They come in an array of different materials and you can read more detailed information here.
Too Hot? Too Cold? Ahhh!
Otherwise, trying to predict the nightly temperature fluctuations and clothe our baby accordingly was one of our not-too-infrequent dilemmas. Yes, we have a thermostat and don’t keep our house at 65 degrees (at least not since having a baby), but there are still temperature fluctuations in the house depending on how sunny or windy it had been. We found we would go with any of the following combinations:
SleepSack/SwaddleMe (Fleece or Cotton) + PJs (Fleece or Cotton) +/- Onesie
Obviously, going with the fleeces and a onesie is going to be pretty warm, and cottons without a onesie is going to be coolest. Keeping your house around 70 or a little below is actually just fine. And remember, cold hands for a baby does NOT mean that they are too cold. True temperature regulation can’t be judged based on how cold their hands feel.