EIGHT WAYS

Ev­ery­thing you need to know to keep your new­born cosy

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MERINO LAY­ERS

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.

LAM­ING­TON SOCKS

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.

ROOM TEM­PER­A­TURE

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.

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