How To Dress Babies For Winter Sleep: A Guide

How To Dress Babies For Winter Sleep: A Guide

Now that you have a little one, planning what they wear every day may be a fun task for you. You probably have a closet full of cute outfits to dress your baby in. Who can resist the fun animal prints and sweet matching sets? Pajamas are fair game as well, with cute and cozy PJs that make your baby feel soft, snug, and ready for bed. 

When it comes to dressing your baby for the season, you may second guess if your baby is too hot, too cold, or perfectly comfortable. 

Since our little ones spend so much of their first few months in a state of slumber, knowing how to dress your baby for sleep can help give you peace of mind and some well-deserved zzzs. With chilly days upon us, let’s look at how to dress your baby for cozy, winter sleep.

Sleepwear Safety

As a parent of a new baby, you are probably a walking encyclopedia of baby safety knowledge. You know the best ways to baby-proof your home, the best car seats, and how to make your baby’s sleep space safe. 

What your baby wears to sleep falls into the safe sleep space category as well. 

In the winter, the first thing we may do as adults is throw another or thicker blanket on our bed. However, we want to avoid putting loose blankets in their cribs. Instead, we should dress them in warmer pajamas or extra layers.

Cotton, wool, and fleece are all great choices for winter sleepwear. 

Long-sleeved onesies or long sleeves and pants are the best choices for your baby when cold outside. Layering is key as well. If you live in a colder climate, you can also layer a sleep sack over your baby’s pajamas instead of using an extra blanket. 

Sleepsacks come in many materials, and there are thicker-made sleep sacks on the market that will keep your baby extra snuggly and warm when the temperatures are low outside. 

Be careful that your baby doesn’t have too many layers, as they may overheat. If you are concerned about the number of layers, the best rationale is that you would instead want your baby to be a little chilly rather than overheated. It is very easy to add a layer, but it can be quite uncomfortable for your baby to be overheated. 


If your baby has not started to roll over yet, swaddling is an excellent way to add some extra warmth during the winter months. Swaddling is snugly, but not tightly, wrapping your baby in a blanket (many say this resembles a baby burrito). 

When done correctly, swaddling can be beneficial in helping your baby fall and stay asleep. 

During the winter months, you can swaddle with a thicker blanket to help keep your baby warm. When your baby does start to roll over, it’s time to say bye-bye to the swaddle and hello to a sleep sack! 

Overheating Concerns

If you’ve ever gotten your baby out of their crib, and they had pink cheeks and a sweaty neck then they were overheated. It can be challenging for babies to regulate their own body temperature when they are young, and they can become overheated easily. 

It is very easy to want to bundle up our sweet one with as many layers as possible, we just want to keep our baby warm! 

However, the best practice is to match your baby to what you are wearing. If you are comfortable in a long sleeve shirt and pants, it is very likely your baby is comfortable in the same. You can always put them in a swaddle or sleep sack for some extra warmth and coziness.

It may also be tempting to put a hat or socks on your baby to keep them warm. However, best practice is to leave the hat for outside adventures and the socks for awake times. They may come off of your baby’s head and feet during the night, and we want to avoid having any loose items in their sleep space. 

It is important to know the signs of an overheated baby, just in case their pajama material is too thick or they have one too many layers on. Here are some symptoms to look for:

  • Sweaty neck or damp hair
  • Heat rash (red area with tiny bumps)
  • Pink cheeks, or otherwise flushed looking
  • Crankiness and restlessness

If you see one or more of these symptoms, the solution is an easy one -- just remove a layer and see how your baby acts. If they calm down and become more settled, you know you’ve got them back to the perfect temperature. 

If your baby still seems to be overheated, you can try the following to help them cool down:

  • Remove a layer of clothing
  • Put thinner pajamas on, like light cotton or muslin - or you can switch to a short-sleeve shirt or onesie
  • Gently wipe your baby down with a cool, damp washcloth

Bedtime Routine

Snuggly pajamas aren’t the only thing that can help your baby have a restful night. A consistent bedtime routine is one of the most effective ways to ensure that your baby has a good night’s sleep.

Bedtime routines are ways for your child to mentally and physically associate certain positive activities with bedtime. It can be a favorite time of day for both you and your little one when accomplished effectively. 

Your friends at Little Yawn Collective are big supporters of establishing a consistent bedtime routine. We are here to help you create an effective bedtime routine for your little one with our products that promote falling asleep and staying asleep.

When it comes to bedtime routines, simple is best! Think bathtime with our Soothing Shampoo & Body Wash with Calendula, and then a relaxing baby massage with our Nourishing Body Lotion with Oat & Shea Butter. Slip on some comfy pajamas, made of fleece if it is a cold night! 

Set the tone for a calm night with their favorite bedtime story, lots of cuddles, and they’ll be off to dreamland in no time. We understand that bedtime can be challenging, no matter what season it is. 

Come see how our science-backed sleep solutions can help you and your little buddy rest easy. 


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