6 methods to keep baby warm at night – Hit or Miss?

Does your baby have the habit of kicking off his/her blanket, leaving you worried about him/her catching a cold when temperatures fall in the night?
We trawl the web for some ingenious, money-saving tips by netizen parents to keep the blankets on their newborn and rate them for you:

1. Using hub’s shirt to dress your little man:

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An oversized jacket from your hubby is the perfect way to keep toddler warm, without you having to worry about blankets being kicked off at night. A cheaper alternative to wearable blankets available in the market, these sweaters can keep him feeling cosy throughout the night while you  enjoy your well-deserved beauty sleep, without waking up as often to check on little tot.
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Ed: We gotta admit the idea of having baby wear hubby’s shirt is so irresistible, though we’re not as certain that little tot is going to like it as well, since adult fabric like the one pictured here is not going to be so suitable/comfortable.
DIY methods of keeping the blanket on: For the moms who are savvy with sewing and enjoy  occasionally making their own baby clothes, here are some simple ways to keep his blanket on:

2. Wearing a piece of thermal wear inside out
Simple yet effective, make use of winter thermal innerwear conveniently by putting baby’s legs through the sleeves of a thermal top. That way, his tummy region will be shielded ingeniously – you can then secure the bottom of his makeshift ‘blanket’ with an elastic band commonly used for garment-making.

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Ed: We couldn’t find cute pictures of this one, but the idea itself actually sounds worth trying.

3.  Fold the blanket strategically

By folding baby’s blanket strategically, you can ensure that it stays on throughout the night.
Fold the blanket horizontally and allow baby to sleep on one-third of it, covering baby with the other two thirds. Then, tuck in the ends of the blanket into your bed or mattress to ensure baby will be warmly wrapped, you can even join him under the blanket if you use one that’s huge enough!
Otherwise, tucking in both sides of the blanket into the mattress works as well.

Image credits to: http://carriethishome.com/2013/12/how-to-keep-a-baby-or-toddler-warm-night/

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Ed: Genuinely good old-fashioned advice.

4.  Button up!

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If you don’t like the idea of your little prince or princess wearing hubby’s oversized shirt, why not sew a button or two on your baby’s sleeping blanket to prevent him from kicking it off during the night?
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Ed: One of the methods that will not take too much effort on mommy’s part and looks good on baby too.

5. Cover up the tummy regions or add some fleece
Alternatively, just make sure you keep baby’s stomach covered up as that helps to ward off catching a nasty chill. You can also cover baby’s crib mattress with a fleece or flannel sheet, which help to create a layer of insulation which will rebound warmth back into the body.

Image credits: http://www.au.momtastic.com/diy/104477-sewing-a-simple-baby-blanket/

With this cheat method, you can sew a blanket with fleece miltered corners. Prepare a piece of fleece that’s 4 inches wider in circumference than your cotton fabric. Pinch and fold the fleece over the cotton fabric, when you come to a corner, skip over and start pinning one or two inches on the other side. Sew top stitches where you’ve pinned, fold raw edges in and sew down. Snip off excess thread for a miltered blanket!
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Ed: Definitely something we would try if we have a sewing machine.

6. Sewing string near the top of baby’s blanket

(I) Sewing a string near the top of your baby’s blanket

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(ii) Make sure that one end of the string extends out from the blanket as this will be used to secure baby to the blanket later

(iii) Baby’s all set to use his foolproof DIY blanket! Secure the sewn string by looping it one round across baby, but not too tightly so it will be uncomfortable for him.

(iv)    Set to use his DIY blanket.
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Ed: This was definitely a miss for us despite the step-by-step clear pictorial instructions, which reminds us of old wives’ tales we’d rather skip – like not bathing entirely for one month post-pregnancy, or feudal practices of cruel feet-binding routines our grandmothers had to endure.

We gotta admit that some of these methods work, while some are probably not worth the effort. For brilliant baby finds, visit My Baby Gift Hong Kong mybabygift.hk for genuinely endearing personalised gift hampers – we’re not kidding – for your beloved little munchkin! Merry Christmas!

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