By: Dr. Paul
Originally Posted on Dr. Paul’s website: http://www.drpaul.com/newborn/dressing.php
For the first week or so after birth, babies can’t regulate their own body temperature to adapt to heat or cold as well as adults can, so it is important not to over- or under-dress them. Dress the baby warmly but not so that he is hot.
During cooler weather, baby’s feet should be kept warm. Also, dress your baby in several layers of light clothing rather than a single heavy layer. Several light layers hold in warmth better than a single heavy layer, and they can easily be removed as necessary. When going out, it’s a good idea to bring along an extra layer or two in case your baby needs them.
Hats and caps are also an important part of a baby’s wardrobe. During cooler weather, a hat can prevent baby from losing heat through his bare head. In warm weather, a cap protects baby’s delicate skin on the head and face from sun exposure.
If your baby is under- or over-dressed, she may fuss or cry. If she is sweaty, she’s probably overdressed.
Keep the home warm, but not hot or cold. During winter, don’t place a heavy blanket in your baby’s bed for added warmth, because heavy bedding poses the risk of suffocation.
Instead, turn up the room’s thermostat to a more comfortable temperature. The baby’s room should always be kept between 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit,or 20-22 degrees Celsius, with humidity at around 40%. During hot summer weather, an air conditioner may be used to keep the room at this temperature if necessary.