How to prepare yourself for Birth and the Postpartum period
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
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