How to Dress a Baby for Sleep | Nuby UK

If you’re a new mum or dad, you’ll know the importance of a good night’s sleep. It’s completely normal for your baby to wake up a few times throughout the night, as they need to be fed. But establishing a healthy sleeping routine starts from the moment they’re born, and with the right tools and techniques, you can achieve that.

Feeding them at regular times, keeping quiet through the night, and dimming the light are some of the methods you can try to help your baby snooze through the night. But what can really air their sleeping experience is dressing them appropriately.

Here is how to choose the best sleepwear for your baby, so your little one can sleep soundly.

What should a baby sleep in?

The clothes your newborn wears to bed are important. You want them to be as comfortable as possible, which can sometimes mean wearing little clothing.

Here are some newborn essentials you’ll need to ensure your baby has a great night’s sleep:

  • Long and short-sleeved bodysuit
  • Pyjamas, such as an outer top and leggings
  • Hand mittens, baby socks, and a hat
  • A sleeping bag for newborns and a thin sheet tucked into the cot

It’s important to consider the material of the sleepwear. Stick to basics and dress newborns in breathable cotton or natural fibres, as this is more likely to regulate their temperature than other synthetic materials. Cotton and linen are also known to have moisture-wicking properties, making them an effective absorbent, which will keep your baby even more comfortable through the night.

Many parents choose to wrap their baby in a swaddle only and avoid the blanket, because your baby can easily get tangled in a loosely fitted blanket, which may cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).


What does a baby sleep in when it’s hot?

Temperature can affect the amount of sleep your baby is getting. Even if they’re in a comfortable Sleep By My Crib, they might struggle to drift off on a warm and muggy evening. The heat may also be at a higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Look out for signs of overhearing, such as damp hair, heat rash, flushed cheeks, and heavy breathing.

To avoid any overheating, you can choose weather-appropriate bedtime clothing for your newborn. On a hot night, such as 24C◦+, you can dress them in a onesie and a light sleeping bag. If the temperature is between 22C◦ and 23C◦, you should dress your baby in long-sleeved pyjamas and a light sleeping bag, and for 20C◦-21C◦, add a onesie too.

Can my baby sleep in just a nappy

If the temperature continues to rise and you notice that your baby is uncomfortable, they can sleep in just a nappy. This will ensure they stay cool throughout the night. You may also choose to tuck them into a thin sheet or place them in hand mittens to ensure they don’t scratch their face. You know your baby best, after all.

Providing the optimum sleep for your baby is vital, and with the right clothing, you can create the perfect conditions for your baby’s restful sleep. At Nuby, your baby’s healthy sleep is our priority, so we’ve developed a range of bedtime and sleep aids to help them nod off. From our Penguin Musical Baby Cot Mobile to Penguin Sleep Aid with Cry Sensor, find the perfect sleep aid for your baby.