Baby, it’s cold inside too!
Whether you have an old, drafty house like me or you live in a cold climate, it may be time to stock up on some winter essentials for baby (or your tot). From cozy jammies and booties to sleep sacks and even humidifiers, we’ve rounded up our favorite winter gear for keeping baby warm at home.
But first, here are a couple of things you need to know, especially if you have an infant at home. Babies lose heat much faster than we do, but they also are prone to overheating. In other words, they aren’t the best at regulating their body temperature. To keep them as comfy and cozy as possible, the AAP recommends that you dress baby like you would, but add an extra layer.
Inside, aim for a comfortable room temperature around 68 to 72 degrees, and start peeling off layers as you see fit. If your baby is sweating or feels hot to the touch, it’s time to take the hat and sweater off.
A Note on Sleepwear and Flammability
The vast majority of severe burns occur to children while wearing pajamas around fireplaces, candles, furnaces, parents who smoke, etc. (although this is less frequent today than in the past). Consequently, the CPSC requires sleepwear intended for children between the ages of 9 months and 14 years to meet specific flammability requirements.
* Note that sleepwear for children under the age of 9 months is not subject to the requirement, mainly because these infants are not yet mobile.
Before you say, “My kid would never play with a candle (etc.),” remember: kids love fire and they also do stupid sh*t, especially when you’re not looking, so this requirement isn’t necessarily a terrible idea.
Essentially, sleepwear can pass the test in three ways:
1. The garment can be very snug-fitting (in case you always wondered why kids jammies are so tight). These usually have a yellow tag that says,
“For child’s safety, garment should fit snugly. This garment is not flame resistant. Loose-fitting garment is more likely to catch fire.”
Snug-fitting baby pajamas are not treated with flame resistant chemicals because they are less likely to be ignited and they burn far more slowly.
2. The garment can be “naturally flame resistant” if made with fabrics such as polyester (e.g. “fleece”) and other synthetics. Merino wool is naturally flame resistant, although usually pretty expensive. Merino wool is the gold standard in sleepwear if you can afford it (hint: buy used).
3. It can be treated with chemical flame retardant(s). You generally can’t tell what flame retardant is being used on any particular clothing item unless you ask. And no, you can’t really “wash it out” either (it would take a LOT of washing).
Many parents are not keen on chemical flame retardants on their kids’ clothes. I concur.
In real life, what this means is that jammies you see in stores are usually either snug-fitting OR made of polyester/fleece. If the jammies you are looking at are not one of these, they are likely treated with chemical flame retardant/s. Those pretty princess nighties from Disney and such? Yup. All treated.
Just something to keep in mind.
In this section, we will be going over the following 4 at-home winter essentials for baby and toddler: