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Safer Sleep Advice for Colder Nights (from The Lullaby Trust)

Research has shown that overheating arising from excessive insulation, high room temperature (overwrapping) or both, is associated with an increased risk of SIDS.

While it is important to ensure that a baby does not get too cold, it is also important parents avoid any practice which may lead their baby to get too hot. There is a consensus view in the UK that an optimum room temperature of 16-20°C, combined with light bedding or a lightweight well-fitting baby sleep bag, offers a comfortable and safe environment for sleeping babies.

Tips for parents and carers as the weather gets colder:

  • Remove hats and outdoor layers when indoors
  • Avoid bulky and soft bedding such as duvets and nests and pods which could lead babies to overheat
  • Use a room thermometer in the rooms where baby sleeps
  • Feel baby’s tummy or the back of their neck and if their skin is hot or sweaty, remove one or more layers of bedclothes or bedding
  • It is rarely necessary to keep the heating on all night and never sleep a baby next to a radiator
  • If the home is too cold and parents want to leave the heating on all night, set it at a low temperature, and never higher than 20⁰C and never sleep a baby next to a radiator

Visit the Lullaby Trust website to find out more