Many women believe that in autumn children should be worn as warmly as possible. This instinct dates back to cave times, when mothers really had to warm their babies by any means. Previously, there was no “normal” clothing, and it was cold in the caves, so newborns were wrapped in a large number of animal skins.
These times are long gone, it makes no sense to follow the rule - to put one more thing on the baby. Remember, a newborn’s metabolism is much faster than an adult’s, therefore, when you are a little cool, he’s warm. Overheating will only lead to problems with the respiratory system, tummy and delicate infant skin.
The optimal temperature at home for a newborn
For many adults who are comfortable at home with high air temperatures, it will be surprising to find out that the baby is better off in cooler conditions.
When it’s hot or cold at home, his sleep will be restless, he will be capricious and often wake up. If the thermometer shows from 20 to 24 degrees of heat - this is the optimal air temperature for the newborn.
To circulate the air at home freely, do not hang the canopy on the bed. You can also refuse sides. In addition, without them there will be less dust in the room.
How to determine whether a newborn is frozen or not?
To determine if the baby is warm or cold, touch it. If he has a cold neck and upper back, then he is cold.
There are several more signs by which you can understand that the newborn is cold.
To do this, you can touch the baby in the folds of the arms and legs - if the skin is cold or cool, you need to put on the baby a little warmer.
If you feel hot, wet skin, then you are too wrapped up, and you need to remove 1 layer of clothing.
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If hiccups - is the child cold?
When the newborn comes in contact with cool air, his muscles tighten, the stomach presses on the diaphragm, and he begins to hiccup.
This does not mean that the child is cold. This indicates that it is able to adapt to changing air temperatures, which means it is developing well.
There are some more reasons why a newborn hiccups:
- Overfeeding with a mixture,
- Decrease in body temperature,
- Swallowing air
- Mother's diet (more about the nutrition of a nursing mother >>>.
Overfeeding a newborn with a mixture leads to the fact that the rapid stretching and filling of his stomach promotes diaphragm cramp, causes hiccups.
With breastfeeding, this does not happen, since milk is easily absorbed by the baby, without creating excessive pressure on the fragile stomach.
The mixture needs to be fed to the child strictly at the dosages indicated on the jar. Do not neglect the correct dilution of the mixture!
During breast sucking, with poor grip on the breast, the baby can swallow air with milk, and from this start to hiccup.
This is a signal to mother that it is necessary to correct the seizure of the breast, to help the baby suckle properly - this will give the best weight gain and relieve hiccups.
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How to dress at home baby?
Before deciding how to dress a newborn baby at home, you need to decide on the material from which the clothes are made. The fabric should be natural and soft, and the colors should be calm.
It is better if the seams are outside so that they can not damage the delicate skin of the baby. Nothing should rub: neither zippers, nor fasteners.
Of course, you can’t do without them, but let them be on their shoulders. Better if these are buttons: easy to fasten and unzip. They save time changing clothes.
Basically, such clothes are suitable for home:
- open heel pants
- overalls with long sleeves,
- overalls with short sleeves,
- short sleeve vests
- long sleeve vest
- thin diapers
- diapers are flannel.
The first 1–1.5 months of a baby is better to swaddle in order to create milder conditions for him to transition from life inside his mother’s tummy in our world. Read on how to swaddle a newborn >>>
If the air temperature at home is around 22-23 degrees, then it will be enough to put on the baby a blouse and wrap the baby in a flannel diaper.
The newborn still has immature processes of thermoregulation, therefore, when staying separately from the mother for a long time, it is worth additionally covering the baby with something warm.
Attention! Keep your baby safe. A blanket or blanket should not cover the child’s face. Let the child be always in your sight.
If you have already stopped swaddling your baby, then at a temperature in the house of 22 degrees, you can put on a newborn in cotton overalls with long sleeves, in which the legs will also be closed.
The child does not need to wear a cap at home. An exception can only be very low house temperatures, for example, below 18 degrees.
At a house temperature of 22–25 degrees, you can put on a newborn in overalls with short sleeves, or in romper suits and vests, also with short sleeves.
Usually, the air temperature at home is kept the same regardless of the time of year, because in winter they turn on heating. It can be cool at home, either when the heating is not yet turned on, or the house is dishonestly heated.
In this case, if the air temperature at home is below 18–20 degrees, you should wear a newborn warmer. To do this, a tank top and fleece jumpsuit or fleece jumpsuit over thin cotton are suitable.
How to dress a newborn at home in winter depends on what temperature in the apartment.
If it is +23 degrees, then a newborn needs to wear a cotton blouse and knitted sliders.
A knitted jumpsuit is better, it does not leave open parts of the body, which is very convenient. At the same time, as a blouse or vest, it can twist or pull up and cause inconvenience to the newborn.
Do I need a bonnet at home?
I still meet mothers who are warm at home and put on a bonnet to the child. There is no need for this.
A child can NOT catch a head or ears at home.
On a note! Children endure overheating harder than hypothermia, so there is no need to wrap the child again.
With hot and dry air, the mucous membranes of the nose dry out, the gastrointestinal juices thicken, which leads to the appearance of painful colic.
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Do you need socks?
At the air temperature of the house, which is considered the norm (18-22 degrees), socks can not be worn on a newborn - if he is in sliders or overalls with closed feet.
With air baths, socks will also be redundant. Normally, the child has slightly cool feet. This indicates normal thermoregulation.
Create favorable conditions for the newborn at home. And dress the baby correctly.
How to dress a newborn in autumn in the weather
Divide the autumn baby clothes into underwear and outerwear. Outerwear includes jackets, envelopes, overalls and blankets, underwear - men, bodysuits, sliders, T-shirts, etc. In early autumn, when the temperature in the street is about 17-18 ° C, you should not get outer clothing. It will be enough just a warm little man or a light suit with long pants and sleeves.
When the temperature begins to drop, you can begin to gradually warm up. There is no need, leaving the house, to pull on a child one warm jumpsuit and wrap it with a woolen blanket. Pediatricians are advised to use the principle of layering, i.e. wear a few lighter clothes or bring a few thin rugs with you. If it gets warmer on the street, you can remove one layer of clothing, and vice versa, if it gets cooler, you can cover the child with an extra blanket.
How to identify cold newborn or hot
Watch the baby. You may not be able to dress him right the first time, especially since the weather in the fall is quite changeable. If the child was naughty on the street, and at home you noticed that his skin was red and warmed up, please note that the set of clothes was too warm and the child was overheated. Next time, prepare lighter things for this weather.
While walking in the fresh air, periodically touch the nose of the baby, he, like his arms, should be warm. If the nose is cold, the newborn should be warmer. Another sign that the baby is cold is hiccups.
Watch the reactions of your child while he still does not know how to speak, then from the autumn walks you both will receive only benefit.
Do I need newborn clothes for sleep?
Almost every pediatrician will tell you that air baths are of great benefit for the development of crumbs. And you must definitely leave the child without clothes during the day. For example, when you change his diaper. Let it lie naked for 10 minutes, gradually increasing the time.
So, a reasonable question arises: would it not be more useful for the child to sleep without clothes too, so that nothing would interfere or press?
The fact is that the body of the newborn still cannot regulate heat transfer, and the baby can freeze already at a temperature of 21 degrees. Therefore, be sure to wear at least a thin "man" at night. If the room is very hot, and you can’t turn on the air conditioner, then you should put your baby in a thin body with a short sleeve and without legs.
Do you need socks? Children's socks are the same necessary attribute for sleeping, as well as pajamas, especially for older children. But the newborn socks are not needed if you use the "little man" with legs.
What about hats? Should I wear a hat for the newborn at night? If you bathe a child before bedtime, then the presence of a hat is not even discussed - it is required! But if the child’s neck is wet at night, then it’s time to take off the hat - it's hot! The exception is the summer heat - if the room is stuffy, then the hat will give the child more discomfort.
Shelter or not?
Do you think that having covered the peanut with a blanket, he will sleep like this all night? No - the kids toss and turn at night, and in the morning you will find a blanket somewhere on the floor. Therefore, light pajamas and socks - these are the necessary things for a night's rest.
Instead of a blanket, both you and your child will be more comfortable with a sleeping bag. By the way, this item is not only more convenient, but also safer - the child will not cover it with its head, it will not fall out of the crib and the crumb will be warm.
How to wear a baby for sleep?
Pediatricians advise dressing a newborn for sleep as well as for a walk - on the principle of "cabbage". Layering makes it possible to quickly remove or change the top layer of clothing - for example, if the child is hot.
If you swaddle your baby, then be sure to wear a slip or body under the diaper. Depending on the season, the clothes should be either warm (preferably fleece) or light, cotton.
Slip (in other words, “little man”) is a jumpsuit with arms and legs, either thin knitted or warm. For convenience, the slips are equipped with buttons, which is very convenient when you need to change the baby's diaper.
Such clothes are used not only for sleeping, but also for walking, and for day games, there are both with whole legs and arms, and with open ones. Slips are made for babies under 2 years old, but older children need other clothes for sleep
Body - a simplified version of the slip. It is a jumpsuit, but without legs. It can be both with long sleeves, and without them at all. In a compartment with a body, you must use panties.
Bodysuits are also equipped with buttons for a convenient diaper change. Body with a neck choose for children. who know how to sit. All slips and body are sewn so that there is room for diapers, that is, in appearance the body is longer than the legs.
A more adult option is pajamas
Separate panties and a T-shirt - this is an option for already grown children who know how to walk and get up at night in the toilet.
It is better if there are no elastic bands on the sleeves and trouser-legs, and the neck is free. You should not buy a child’s pajamas “for growth” - it is better if the sleeves and legs are slightly short. But at the same time, in the remaining parts, nothing should press and hamper movement. And, of course, put on your baby socks for the night!
Always when choosing nightwear for a child, give preference to natural fabrics: cotton, bike, fleece, knitwear, flannel. And leave satin and silk for yourself.