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Guide to dressing your baby in cold weather - text version

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Dressing for outdoors

Dress your baby in the same number of layers you’re wearing, plus an extra layer. Accessories can keep them pleasantly warm.

To avoid overheating, remove any extra layers as soon as you return indoors or enter a warm vehicle.

  • hats
  • bonnets
  • socks
  • bunny rugs
  • wraps
  • gloves

Dressing for bedtime

  • Dress your baby in enough clothes to keep them warm without blankets (they can kick them off).
  • Use a safe infant sleeping bag with a fitted neck and armholes, but no hood.
  • For blankets (instead of a sleeping bag), use lightweight layers that can be easily added or removed.
  • Make sure your baby’s face and head remain uncovered during sleep.

4 key tips

  • Your baby’s chest, back and tummy should feel warm – not hot or cold.
  • Don’t worry if your baby’s hands and feet feel cold – this is normal.
  • Don’t let them sleep near any heaters, fireplaces or in direct sunlight.
  • Never use electric blankets, wheat bags or hot water bottles for babies.

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Last reviewed: August 2020


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