HiPP's A-Z of pregnancy & child health

The A-Z contains information on many aspects of pregnancy 
and child health. It is arranged alphabetically so you can find what you are looking for with ease. If you are at all concerned about your health or your child’s health, please consult your health professional.

Bedding For Babies

Do not use a duvet, quilt or pillow for babies under 12 months. Place baby ?feet to foot? in the cot tuck the covers under your baby?s arms.

The amount of bedding you use depends on the room temperature. An ideal room temperature is between 16-20°C (18°C is just right). Feel baby?s tummy or neck to check whether they are too hot or cold - not their feet or hands, which often feel cool.

Babies have different requirements, but if your baby is wearing a vest and sleepsuit, then typical bedding at various room temperatures would be:

  • 16°C - 1 sheet plus 3 layers of blanket (a doubled over blanket counts as two layers)
  • 18°C (ideal room temperature) - 1 sheet plus 2 layers of blanket
  • 21°C - 1 sheet plus 1 layer of blanket
  • 24°C - 1 sheet only

Many parents choose to use a baby sleeping bag over the baby?s sleepsuit in place of blankets. Baby sleeping bags are available in various sizes and tog (warmth) ratings. 2.5 tog on its own is for use in standard nursery temperatures of 16-20°C, 1.0 tog for use during warmer weather and room temperatures of 20-24°C.

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