As Doulas, we try to prepare our clients as best as we can for the upcoming birth of their babies. Good preparation helps for easier & shorter labor
Babies need energy to grow
Newborn babies have difficulties regulating their body temperature. This can take weeks, so it’s important they are properly dressed. Babies lie still, they don’t move much. They shouldn’t need to use their energy to keep their little bodies warm. They need their energy to grow.
Signs your newborn is too cold When I visit my clients I often see, feel & hear:
I’m from the Netherlands and when my daughter was born 13 years ago, we used blankets in the baby’s bed. We also used a warm water bottle in the bassinet to keep the baby warm. Especially when the baby was born during wintertime.
Nowadays these things are no longer recommended. The bassinet has to be free of anything. So no blankets and no warm water bottle. Babies are on their back.
How to keep your baby just warm enough.
You could still use a warm water bottle or electric blanket to warm the bassinet before you put the baby down. For wintertime you can also use nice and warm micro fleece swaddles. They are available in sizes starting from 6-12 lb.
You can feel if your baby is overheated by checking your little one’s neck (Is he sweating?), his back (Is it wet? or his temperature (Is he warm?).
Check your baby’s temperature
A baby’s normal temperature is between36.5°C & 37.5 °C (or 97.7 & 99.5 F). Above 38°C (or 100.4F)? Then your baby has a fever.
Set the thermostat to the right room temperature
Daytime room temperature should be 20-22°C or 68-71 F. During nighttime: 16-18°C or 60-64.4 F
Use layers. Wrap in blanket. Swaddle
If you wear layers, they should wear layers. If you wear 2 layers, they should wear 3 layers. Especially in the winter they should wear:
The bottom line of keeping your baby warm
It really helped when you said that we should choose micro fleece swaddles for the wintertime to keep the baby nice and warm. I will make sure that I will choose that kind of material when I buy some gifts for my sister. She already gave birthday this month, and it will be perfect for their area wherein it would always be cold even ijn the summertime.
5/24/2022 02:28:03 am
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12/9/2022 05:31:33 pm
I love how you point out that dressing a baby properly can be so important. I have a friend who's got a new baby and she wants to make sure he stays nice and warm. We've been looking into finding a clothing store that has a large selection for newborns and smaller babies so she can get all the clothes she needs for him.
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By: Nathalie Grolleman
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