Everything you need to know to keep your newborn cosy
Merino wool allows babies to stay warm in cool weather and cool in warmer weather. It’s breathable, removes moisture from baby’s skin, and insulates for warmth and comfort. For newborns, start with a merino bodysuit and footed pants or nightie, layered under a merino swaddle. Mokopuna Merino long sleeve shortsuit, RRP $49.95, and foot pants, RRP $49.95.
TRY A SHEEPSKIN
Instead of a playmat, put baby on a warm, cosy sheepskin near you or where they can see out of the window. You’ll be amazed how much pleasure they get from gazing out at the sky. Little fingers love gripping the wool texture and sheepskins provide a soft landing during tummy time.
We can’t get enough of these New Zealandmade knee-high merino socks – the only ones we’ve found that stay on tiny newborn feet! Great under a merino nightie, so you don’t have anything to change except a nappy. Lamington newborn socks, RRP $17.95.
We advise only using a heater to take the chill off baby’s room, as babies overheat easily and should not sleep in hot rooms. The recommended room temperature for a baby is 16 to 20 degrees, with around 18 degrees being ideal. The new Gro-egg 2 room thermometer, available from The Sleep Store, RRP $69.95, lets you know room temperature at a glance.
WARM THE COT WITH WHEAT BAGS
Cold sheets can prevent little babies settling in their own beds in the winter. Try warming the bed with wheat bags for 10-15 minutes. Safer than a hot water bottle but remember to remove the wheat bags before you put baby to bed. For extra cosiness, try a wool underlay or sheepskin under the sheet.
BEANIES FOR SLEEP – YES OR NO?
Merino beanies are terrific outside in cold weather but it is not recommended to put baby to sleep in a hat. This could cause your baby to overheat, and can increase the risk of SIDS. If baby is too hot and needs to cool down, she will need to be able to lose that heat through her head.
WARM DRESSING GOWN
You’re going to be spending a lot of time wandering around the house in the middle of the night, breastfeeding and settling baby, and we can’t stress enough that a warm dressing gown is a must. M&S Collection Pure Cotton Velour Dressing Gown, RRP $120.
ALWAYS HAVE A BLANKET ON HAND
Babies fall asleep in random places – on your chest, after feeding, when they’re relaxed – and it helps to have a blanket on hand to keep you and your little one cosy. Try keeping a few blankets and throws in strategic places around the house.