As nighttime temperatures plunge, you might be tempted to crank up the thermostat and bundle your baby in blankets.
As nighttime temperatures plunge, you might be tempted to crank up the thermostat and bundle your baby in blankets. Your intentions are good, but keeping her too warm may put her at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which peaks in winter and strikes most often between ages 2 and 4 months. Instead, keep the room temperature at 68° F to 72° F and follow these sleep-safety tips from Baltimore's First Candle/SIDS Alliance:
- Always place your baby to sleep on her back on a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet. Don't allow your baby to sleep on a blanket, sofa, waterbed or pillow.
- Remove all stuffed animals, pillows, soft or plush bumpers, and blankets from the crib.
- Don't smoke or allow smokers around your baby.
Products for Healthy Slumber
- Safer Bumper: The stylish BreathableBaby Bumper is made of mesh that helps circulate air. Plus it fits snugly to avoid bunching up. $30. breathablebaby.com.
- Back Sleeper: The Munchkin Cool Flow Back Sleeper is an adjustable mat that lets air flow freely. $14. munchkin.com. ventilated mattress The Aerosleep Sleep System has a built-in ventilation layer to promote air circulation. $80 for pad and crib sheet. regallager.com.
- Wearable Blanket: Eliminate the need to cover your baby with a blanket, even on the chilliest nights, with a Halo Organic Cotton SleepSack, $29 (shown below), or a Prince Lionheart Back to Sleep Sack, $22-$25. halosleep.com; princelionheart.com.