With the change in seasons sometimes it’s hard to gauge how many layers to include in your baby’s cot. Swaddling your baby in transitional seasons like Spring and Autumn can be confusing and leave mothers worrying that their baby is too warm or too cold.
Along with this, babies grow out of being swaddled so it’s important to help them transition out of the swaddling stage. Here we’ll explain how to adapt swaddling to the seasons.
Swaddling is a useful technique for helping calm your baby, keeping them warm and stopping them from waking themselves up with their startle reflex. It’s important to know how to swaddle correctly, you can find more information in this article on Safe Swaddling .
When cooler weather arrives and you are not sure how many layers to dress your baby in, consider these tips:
There are several products available that provide guidelines for how to dress your baby depending on the room temperature. These guidelines can help with determining how many layers your baby should have on and which weight to choose, depending on weather.
See table guide on what to wear as the seasons change
There are also products available that are designed to let you choose if you swaddle your baby with arms inside or arms out of the wrap. These are useful for transitioning your baby out of the swaddle, into a sleeping bag. You can read more about transitioning your baby out of the swaddle here.
One thing that is helpful to remember when considering if your baby is warm enough: if they are sleeping soundly, i.e. not having a restless sleep, moving around the cot a lot or waking frequently then it is likely they are warm enough.