Having just posted about not putting anything in your child’s crib except for your child, I thought I would share how I keep Tyler warm at night. Even here in Southern California, the temperature does get chilly. It’s often in the 30′s when we wake up, which I realize is warm compared to some parts of the country but if you live there, you probably have your heater on at night while I don’t.
The secret to keeping Tyler warm is simple: layers. He usually sleeps in three layers. A footless Gerber-brand thermal sleeper goes on first. This is pretty fitted so it really hugs his body. Second is a footed fleece Gerber-brand sleeper in size 12 months. Third is the same fleece sleeper but in size 18 months.
If it’s warmer than usual, we stop at the second layer. If it’s colder than usual, I add a fleece Halo sleepsackover the third layer. If your child has outgrown a sleepsack but isn’t ready for a blanket, you might try out a Big Kids sleepsack.I haven’t needed it, but I would put Tyler in a onesie before putting him in the thermal if it were extra cold.
Finally, flannel sheets are another way of making things warmer in the crib without extraneous items. Unfortunately, I tried flannel sheets last winter but the only ones I could find were elasticized at the corners only instead of all the way around and made me nervous. If you’re looking for fully elasticized flannel sheets, reader Carol M recommends the ones at Land’s End. If I’d known about them last year, I definitely would have bought a pair, but since I’m not sure if Tyler will be sleeping in a crib next winter, I’m going to hold off for now.
Question for readers: What are your tips for keeping your baby warm at night?