not sure if i'm posting in the right area but haven't worked out all the other areas and my brains still not working properly (baby born on 14 july). How can you tell if a newborn is too hot or too cold? what signs should i be looking out for? were finding this really confusing at the minute and are constantly adding an extra blanket because we think she's cold and then panciking about her being too cold and taking it off, each time were disturbing her sleep and its getting into a bit of a cycle.
Feel behind the back or tummy (just slip your fingers in the vest). If the skin feels slightly warm, nicely warm like when you snuggle up to someone, it's okay. If it's sweaty it's too hot, clammy probably too hot, cool to touch then too cold
I think it's much worse for a baby to overheat as they are less likely to cry to let you know they are hot but will do so if chilly. If you are in the house one blanket should be fine. When I had my baby my mum bought me a thermometer which went red when it was far to warm and I was really surprised about how hot my house was and that was in December with the radiator turned off!
As Fraktious says check her tummy to guage how warm/cold she is. Don't go on the temperature of her hands. Babies generally need one layer more than us. Have you got a room thermometer? You may find this guide useful for how many layers to use. Depending on her weight you could use a Grobag which I have always found much easier than blankets/sheets.
Exactly what Marrow says. Sleeping bags/Gro Bags are fab. They are usually dirt cheap in TK Maxx too if you have one near you. If my DD is asleep (she's 8wo), I slip a finger under her chin into the neck and can usually ascertain wheher or not she's warm enough etc. I found once DD hit 6 weeks, her circulation had fired up and freezing hands and feet have become a thing of the past too. It gets easier, don't worry