So, winter is coming. There’s no avoiding it. It’s time to start to think about how you can keep your kids warm. And I’m talking about keeping your kids warm without having to always resort to putting the heater on!
Tu from Hello Night is chatting with us and giving us some top tips! Here’s what we know.
Kids often wake up at night
Quite often kids will be tossing and turning and will kick off their blanket and then of course feel the cold. Once they feel cold, they’ll then wake up and wouldn’t you know it, they’ll be soon calling out to you and waking you too.
Turning on the heater isn’t always the best option
It is always tempting in the winter time to want crank up the heater in an effort to keep your child warm. We all do it. Quick, it’s cold, pop the heater on.
BUT, heaters are not only costly to run, but it also dries up the air in the room, and can make your child snuffy. As a health consequence, it can dry up your child’s nasal passages and can cause their noses to get blocked. Long term, this is not a good solution for you or your child.
So what can you do instead?
The best alternative to keep your child warm, is to dress them in warm clothing using layers of natural fibre sleepwear.
Here are 3 things to know when dressing your child for the cold:
#1. Keep warmer with layers
Wearing multiple thin layers will be warmer than wearing a single thick layer. This is because layers tend to trap air better.
If your child is wearing only one thick jumper, the warm air close to their body is likely to escape out at the top and the bottom.
Wearing multiple thin layers close to the body ensures warm air is retained and the space between each layer traps in heat to provide better insulation.
#2. Choose warm fibres
All fibres are different so it’s no surprise that some fibres are better at providing warmth than others.
Merino wool is an example of a fibre that gives exceptional warmth. Merino wool hairs have a crimp, which helps to create a natural loft, allowing for tiny pockets of warm air to be trapped. Cotton, on the other hand, lets the cold air to pass leaving your child to feel cold once the temperature drops.
When choosing your child’s sleepwear, keep in mind that clothing made of warmer fibres don’t require as many layers while for others, you might need to bulk up the layers in order to keep your child warm.
#3. Stay warm from head to toe
One of the crucial factors to keeping warm is to retain heat and avoid cold air passing through.
The best way to do this is by choosing close fitting layers that sit close to your child’s body. Avoid clothing that is wide or has a gap at the openings. This includes necklines, armholes and feet. Covering the feet with warm socks is essential in keeping warm. Having these areas sealed will trap in heat and will help to keep your child feeling warmer for longer.
With a bit of knowledge about fibres and how layers work, it is easy to keep your child warm during the night so you are not relying on heating. In the long term, this will be better for their health, your electricity bill and the environment.
Hello Night Sleepwear range
Check out Hello Night’s range of sleepwear for toddlers in Merino wool. Their new collection of sleepsuits, pj sets and vest are designed for layering, all with the child warmth and comfort in mind.
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