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    Mac
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    The Sleeping Baby

    I know it's been discussed in different conversations but can someone tell us
    1. What temperature they have the baby's room (shared with parents in own cot)
    2. What clothes to dress a four week old baby in to sleep - socks, mittens etc
    3. Do you use blankets, sheets etc
    It's hard to find info that takes the clothing, room temp and bedding into account. Thanks for your help.
    Mac

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    hi Mac,

    you are spot on - all the books tell you that babies should be in 18-22 degrees celcius (to lower the chance of SIDs) and through much trial and error with our baby did we find the right combination of temperature/sleep clothes/etc....just a note though, that all babies are different, our son is a "hot" baby and gets flustered and irritable if he's too hot so adjust accordingly. At 4 weeks, our son was sleeping (in his own room) during the night in:

    - 22 to 22.5 degrees celcius (aircon)
    - in a long sleeve 100% cotton jumpsuit
    - half swaddled in a 100% cotton (slightly stretchy) receiving blanket
    - cot was completely bare (only mattress and sheet, no cot bumpers, toys, pillows etc)
    During the day, the only difference is we'd put in in a short sleeve jumpsuit.
    He was swaddled from day 1 for sleep but by about 3-3.5 weeks started to get really fustrated so we let him have one hand out (half swaddle). The minute they can wriggle out of their swaddle (for our son it was at 5-6 weeks), we put him in a 1.0 tog grobag as you don't want flaying arms to sweep the blanket up over his face or anything near that.
    People have differing views on mittens (good to keep hands warm and prevent scratching) but it does hinder tactile exploration - I noticed that babies who are kept mitten free tend to have a better motor skills (I could be wrong as I'm no child development specialist), so keep trimming those nails if you decide to go mitten free!

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    Mac,

    forgot to mention in relation to cot sheets, do get fitted sheets, when they start getting active (tossing/turning/flipping on this tummies/moving round the cot!) you do not want the sheets to come undone!


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    thanks

    Thanks for your advice. It's all very confusing and so many different thoughts and advice - your advice sounds good though and pretty much what we were thinking.

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    Hi Mac

    I know what you mean about all the confusing facts and advice, as a first time Mom it can all be a bit daunting.

    Ally is also a HOT baby and she doesn't like to be covered up too much. We have her sleeping in a cot in our room with the aircon set to 24 degrees if she has a short sleeved cotton vest and diaper or 23 degrees if she is in a long sleeved cotton vest and diaper. Other than that we just have the fitted cotton sheet and a loose cotton sheet which I try to keep over her legs when she is in the long sleeved vest.

    Hope this helps, good luck.

    regards

    Angie

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