Like most of the country, it is cold around where we live. Winter is here and is letting everyone know. My daughter has moved from a crib in our room some of the time to being in her crib in her nursery every night. When she was with us it was easy to tell what the temperature was like in her room (as we were in it) and if she was comfortable.
Since the move her sleep hasn’t been as good, I think it is to do with the cold. We’ve got some heating in her room, but I’ve found it best to have to to just take the chill out of the air. Firstly, this saves money – it is not cheap to run heating! And secondly I think it’s more comfortable for my baby. To keep her at a comfortable temperature it is better (so I find) to use bedding and her night clothes – it seems easier to find the right temperature that way.
This works well… except when it doesn’t. The problem has been that my baby kept losing her blankets. I don’t mind doing night feeds, but I like to maximise my sleep!
The Problem With Blankets
My daughter moves around in her sleep, like most babies. This tends to result in her sheet and blankets being all messed up, and her not sufficiently covered. As a result she wakes up. My baby wasn’t hard to get back to sleep – she just wanted the blankets back on and to be soothed a little. And this is what made me think it was a temperature thing – it all seemed to be about making her comfortable.
Making sure everything was tucked in wasn’t a solution. My daughter is getting to be big and strong (well, for an infant anyway) and could often mess up her bedding no matter how diligently we tuck it all in. If you’ve got any tips then pass them on!
Solution: Goose Down Comforter to the Rescue
The solution – so far anyway – is a good quality goose down comforter, like these. A smaller sized comforter made from goose down is a good weight and provides a good amount of warmth, replacing several thinner blankets. My daughter has figured out how to pull one of something over her at night when it gets displaced, so now there is just one thing to use she is able to cover herself up close to all of the time.
She really likes some of the great designs for the pattern, too! Much more variety than blankets.
Hopefulloy it keeps working. I am not sure if it is a solution for all year round but it is working for us!