Co-Sleepers - keeping warm in winter. Tips please!

(17 Posts)
RigglinJigglinBones Wed 30-Oct-13 19:52:07

As the title says really. Our room is in the loft space of our house so it's frigging freezing.

We have a lovely SK bed - DH has a duvet and jamas on one side, I'm in the middle in flannel PJs, vest (for easy boob access) and socks no covers, LO (24w) is snug in a grow bag on the other side with a bed rail.

As I don't have covers / pillows on my side due to LO being with me - how do I stay warm not freeze to death when it gets even colder?

Thermal socks - m&s do nice long ones, also smartwool are amazing.

Thermal long sleeve top - uniqlo scoop neck are the best. I have about 6.

Long cardigan - I have a size 20 cashmere one from m&s that I picked up in the sales. It' since and fine and has plenty of fabric to wrap around me but doesn't bunch in an uncomfortable manner.

I also tuck the duvet around my lower half- and catch it between my knees so there are no loose bits that could go over the baby.

Lots of layers and a sleeping bag for you.

RigglinJigglinBones Thu 31-Oct-13 21:06:55

Oh I'm off to town tomorrow so will be visiting m&s for some thermals, brill x

ChazzerChaser Thu 31-Oct-13 21:09:44

I always put duvet over bottom half tucked into knees. On top I wore arm warmers which are a thing cyclists wear when it's cold.

dietcokeandwine Thu 31-Oct-13 22:56:08

I coslept with younger two DC on many occasions and always made sure their side of the bed had no duvet or pillow anywhere near them, but I had a duvet over me - pulled it down to waist height whilst feeding, and tucked the edges under me so there was no risk of them getting covered in it once we were ready to settle back to sleep.

Thermal tops sound like a sensible idea but as others have said, at least tuck a duvet around your lower half! Forcing yourself to sleep with no covers whatsoever, simply because you are cosleeping, sounds a bit extremist tbh.

SidandAndyssextoy Thu 31-Oct-13 22:59:27

I have the duvet over me as normal but tucked around me with the baby in his sleeping bag next to me on the sheet.

Sparklyboots Thu 31-Oct-13 23:01:29

We've got a couple of blankets. TBH, though, my personal thermostat is broken so we are always warm. We'e naked under the blankets; DC wear nappies, obvs

NoComet Thu 31-Oct-13 23:08:16

You put the baby on the outside edge of the bed in the crock of your arm just under the edge of the quilt (which quite clearly goes over you first).

I just don't get all this stuff and nonsense about making the beautiful, natural, process of co sleeping worry some and difficult.

It's a tiny increase, in a tiny risk. A tiny number x a tiny number is TINY.

In a foolish room under the edge of a sensible tog quit your baby will be cooler than in a snowsuit in a dept. store!

(The later was guaranteed to make DD1 scream)

NoComet Thu 31-Oct-13 23:08:48

Coolish

vichill Thu 31-Oct-13 23:11:11

I'm new to cosleeping (4 mth dd), baby and I love it and want to continue but I had no idea pillows are still an issue and quilts a no no with a 2 year old. Wouldn't they wake up at this age if they were in danger?

NoComet Thu 31-Oct-13 23:11:33

How is a sleeping bag cooler than a sensible quilt?
A BFing baby doesn't wriggle up on to the pillow or down under the quilt. They stay right next to your nipple (they aren't daft)

dietcokeandwine Thu 31-Oct-13 23:15:34

vichill pillows and quilts are fine for a 2 year old and not a no-no at all. Babies over 12m can use both. Did you misread the OP as saying 24m? Her baby is 24w.

vichill Thu 31-Oct-13 23:17:30

yes I didblush

itsaruddygame Sat 02-Nov-13 09:51:14

I use blankets when co-sleeping. I wrap the under myself so they can't go over DS who wears his sleeping bag. I also sometime have the duvet over my bottom half tucked between my legs.

NoComet Sat 02-Nov-13 13:14:02

When co-sleeping, DD2 got no where near my pillow as she was in the crock of my arm level with my breast.

As for the quilt, she always perched just under the very edge and never showed any sign of getting too warm.

She simply didn't squirm about. Not when she was one week, 6 months or six years old.

(FF DD1 did and you couldn't co sleep with her for more than 10 minutes, before both parties got fed up)

Havingkittens Sun 03-Nov-13 22:12:40

When I was co-sleeping I used my sleeping bag. I unzipped the whole thing and would wear the hood side so it covered my shoulders and kept me warm and then what would be the top side of the sleeping bag below where the baby was so it scooped out below the baby so there was no quilting underneath him. It worked really well. Mine was a rectangle one as I get claustrophobic in those narrow ones but I think you'd get enough coverage from a "mummy"* style one.

*excuse the pun!

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