When you see a proud mum cradling her new baby you are instantly filled with a warm sensation as you witness the undeniable love between them. But what you don’t see is the inner turmoil as the mother wrestles with a million issues at once, desperate to ensure her child’s wellbeing and safety. One of these issues is regulating temperature and it is surprisingly complex and incredibly important. Unlike us grown ups, babies can’t shiver to keep warm or sweat to keep cool, so it is up to us, the loving parents, to help them.
The simplest method of ensuring your baby is at the right temperature is to dress him or her in the same amount of clothing as you are wearing, plus one layer. So, if you are wrapped up cosily in a t-shirt, jumper and coat then dress your child in the same amount of clothing, plus a vest or a blanket over the top. If it is a warm summer and your are wearing shorts and a t-shirt, then dress baby in shorts and a t-shirt plus a thin cardigan or blanket. Keep an eye on the colour of their skin as a temperature test. If they are looking pink and flushed then they are probably too hot, or if they are looking slightly blue then they might be too cold. The normal range you are looking for is 36.6 to 37.2 degrees centigrade. If you are at home aim to keep the room at 16 to 20 degrees so that an adult is warm enough to wear a t-shirt.
When you consider your own comfort it helps to multiply the result to get an idea of how your baby is feeling. For example, we all know that uncomfortable moment when you step in from the cold on a winter’s day, only to swiftly find yourself sweating in the overheated highstreet stores. Just imagine how that must feel for a baby who has no control over their temperature. Similarly, in the hot sunshine the air can feel stifling and if you can’t take off layers to bring your temperature down it can be very uncomfortable. Layers are a wonderful way to balance these problems.
For example, in late summer when temperatures are dropping the Pietro two-piece set by Minimu' is the ideal outfit for your little boy. It offers just the right amount of warmth without being constricting. Or, for your little girl the Mina bolero by Kuxo is ideal for a rainy autumn day, when temperatures suddenly drop.
You will quickly learn to judge how your baby feels and when he or she is uncomfortable and it certainly doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of some of the beautiful clothing available for babies. In fact, choosing high quality fabrics that are breathable will help to monitor your baby’s comfort and it doesn’t hurt to be wearing some delectable Italian designs at the same time!
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