Safety first:

Your Baby & Toddler - - Features -

When it comes to keep­ing a baby warm in the win­ter, par­ents may be tempted to use heaters, lots of blan­kets and hot wa­ter bot­tles – but most ex­perts warn against th­ese items for safety rea­sons.

A baby can­not es­cape from a bed or cot to cool down and does not know how to re­move ex­cess cloth­ing if she’s too hot, in­creas­ing their risk of sud­den in­fant death syn­drome (Sids).

Rather keep baby warm in a sleep sack, prop­erly fit­ted for your child’s size, and with­out a hood. Some are even mod­i­fi­able so they can safely grow as your baby does, says sleep con­sul­tant Petro Thamm.

Baby sleep sacks come in dif­fer­ent “tog rat­ings” based on thick­ness – the higher the tog, the warmer the bag. Since South Africa’s cli­mate is rel­a­tively mod­er­ate, a 2 or a 2.5 tog rat­ing is gen­er­ally suf­fi­cient for all sea­sons.

While heaters can ini­tially help warm a room they should never be left unat­tended dur­ing the night or a nap as they could cause a fire. And don’t use elec­tric blan­kets, hot wa­ter bot­tles or wheat bags for ba­bies. Ever.

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