If there's one question that really gets to us every week, it's what to wear under a baby's sleeping bag. And of course, this is a topic that brings with it a lot of uncertainty - after all, the temperature regulation of newborns is so different from our own and simply unfamiliar. In addition, you can hopefully get a few hours of sleep yourself during the night - so you can't constantly check whether the baby is warm or too cold. We know that all too well from the first days and weeks with our babies! We have summarized the most important points for clothing under the sleeping bag for babies; If you have specific questions, your midwife will of course always be happy to help!
Of course, what your baby should wear under the sleeping bag depends on a number of factors. Does it sleep in your bed or in its own crib – and in your bedroom or in its own room? How warm or cold does it get at night, does the apartment cool down quickly, is it a summer or winter baby? In July, of course, a few fewer layers than in December, but one thing is clear: you can't go wrong with wool.
Opt for natural materials
In general, we recommend in winter: Body made of wool & silk (cotton in the first few days after birth, as long as the remains of the navel are still attached), pajamas and socks made of wool and a sleeping bag with long sleeves made of wool - at least until the first birthday. Because your baby cannot regulate its own temperature so well at the beginning and cools down quickly if it is not dressed warmly enough.
In summer and on particularly hot days, you should rely entirely on wool and silk, because the silk content makes it feel pleasantly cool on the skin. Basically, you always make the right choice with natural materials. Because these not only help with temperature regulation, but also absorb moisture faster.
Babies sweat differently than we do
Because babies' sweat glands are not fully developed after birth, small sweating outbreaks can occasionally occur. And not necessarily because he or she is too warm, but much more because it is strenuous, for example when breastfeeding.
So it can happen that your baby sweats a lot when breastfeeding him to sleep, only to actually freeze an hour later because you have undressed him.
This is where another advantage of wool comes into play: wool absorbs moisture much faster, better and above all more than cotton, for example. In addition, it releases it more quickly, which means that wool dries much faster. So you don't have to worry about the clothes staying damp for a long time and your baby getting cold as a result - even if he sweated a little while falling asleep.
Because: You know your baby best
And you have the best feeling for what your baby needs. Sure, that develops more and more over time and at first everything is just overwhelming - especially the feeling of doing something wrong. It is good to regularly feel the neck to see if your child is nice and warm or if it feels a little cool. Then you can be more relaxed after a few days because you simply know what is needed - and what is not.
Some babies love their sleeping bags well into infancy, some absolutely not: you'll find the right way for you! And as long as your baby doesn't sleep straight through for 8 hours in week two, you always have enough leeway to put something on or take it off during the night. We wish you restful nights – for the whole family!