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Would you leave the heating on all night?

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newtonupontheheath Fri 22-Nov-13 15:21:20

I'm doing my best to keep ds (3) and dd(1) warm at night but since the weather has got colder, their sleep is getting worse and I know ds wakes when he's cold so am suspecting it's the same for dd (though ds's room is much colder than the rest of the house)

I am tempted to leave the heating switched up as everything else I am trying is not working. (I've tried feeding/not feeding, out bed/sat in chair/air bed on floor baby in cot/not in cot nightlight/no nightlight...Etc etc etc etc and still she wakes...)

Had anybody else done this? I'd happily take the hit on the heating bill at the moment!!

sonlypuppyfat Fri 22-Nov-13 15:23:23

no cold bedroom warm bed is my moto. Have they got cosy beds I wouldn't be able to breath in a warm bedroom.

IComeFromALandDownUnder Fri 22-Nov-13 15:24:11

Yes I have done this. I turned the radiators to a low setting as dd was waking up cold at about 4.30am. It worked...for a while anyway.

Doinmummy Fri 22-Nov-13 15:26:17

I'd put an extra vest on them rather than have a too hot bedroom.

I wanted my DD to stay in bed when she was little so a nice cold bedroom vs warm bed was the way to go grin

sonlypuppyfat Fri 22-Nov-13 15:27:17

My dad used to say central heating makes you soft I used to be able to scrape ice off the inside of my windows!! That will toughen 'em up.

mydaftlass Fri 22-Nov-13 15:28:56

I won't do that. I hate the stuffiness. Buy some fleece onesies? Mine love theirs and you can buy them super cheap.

Hexhamborn Fri 22-Nov-13 15:31:32

What about hot water bottles? I find my sleep much better when the bed has been warmed with them? Not a fan of heating in the night as i think it helps breed germs - but i was brought up in freezing farm house!!!

newtonupontheheath Fri 22-Nov-13 15:42:26

So far I've done:

Toddler duvet replaced for single duvet (for ds)

Thick pjs, vests

Fleece onsie for dd

Blanket under mattress

New carpet and underlay will be fitted before Christmas

I just don't want to leave dd crying, or keep putting ds back in his own bed if they're cold. If they're just being rubbish sleepers, I'm more inclined to be more strict about it and not feel like a bad mother

BackforGood Fri 22-Nov-13 15:42:50

When mine were in cots, I used a little plug in electric radiator, on a timer, in their rooms - came on about 2.30 / 3am for a couple of hours and made the room really toastie for 4p and hour apparently (my dc are quite old so it might be more now wink)

Once in a bed, particularly if worried he might get out and touch the heater so can't use that, get another quilt, and place it across him, kind of perpendicular to the other quilt. That way it kind of pins down the first quilt and stops it falling off, and keeps him really cosy. 2 lower tog quilts are usually better than one higher tog quilt - something to do with trapping air, but has the bonus if he is a wriggle bum like my ds of there being a chance it will stay on and not slide off in the night.

newtonupontheheath Fri 22-Nov-13 15:43:22

I personally don't like heating either, by the way, apart from the fact I'm cold when I'm sat up all night sad

newtonupontheheath Fri 22-Nov-13 15:44:31

We've also got wheat bags for the microwave... Do hot water bottles stay hotter for longer?

onlyfortonight Fri 22-Nov-13 15:49:06

Hot water bottles and hats?

We live in a stone cottage and it keep the house warm we would have to have the CH on all way!

The DDs are currently sleep together in fleecy onsies, and I have a hot water bottle and an additional fleecy blanket UNDERNEATH the duvet. Toastie.

Make sure that their feet are covered too...I just can't sleep with cold feet.

The final thing to suggest is using a sleeping bag. Lots of children are pretty rubbish at keeping themselves covered by the bedding, so they get uncovered and wake up cold. A fairly inexpensive sleeping bag should stop that happening - and would be much cheaper in the long run than heating the whole house all winter long.

newtonupontheheath Fri 22-Nov-13 15:56:03

Only we've got sleeping bags for dd and blankets under mattresses!

I can only think that some sort of sleep training is the way to go if I'm taking all precautions to keep them warm... So can anyone help with that? Please!

Peppa33 Fri 22-Nov-13 17:01:24

Re. Heating, a friend with a physics phd swears blind that it is more efficient to keep the temp from going too low, and new heating systems refkect this, by say having a day and night temp, with the night one about 4 degrees c lower.
This might help your conscience if you go down that route! We have daytime at 20 and night at 16. Although in reality it rarely gets below 17.

Ihave never had any success with sleep training, btw, unless it is dcs training me. I am much more together when sleep deprived than I was before I had them...

amothersplaceisinthewrong Fri 22-Nov-13 17:04:18

I would not heat the bedrooms all night - to stuffy. Thermal pjs or a onesie and thick socks?

Artandco Fri 22-Nov-13 17:04:52

I keep ours on all night, we would all be frozen otherwise

BabyMummy29 Fri 22-Nov-13 17:07:53

Personally I can't sleep if the room is too hot, so my heating goes off at 8.30 and we go to bed around 10.30ish

SirChenjin Fri 22-Nov-13 17:08:14

I have done when it's been minus eleventy billion - but with the thermostat turned down to 15/16.

newtonupontheheath Fri 22-Nov-13 19:01:01

I really appreciate the tips re heating. I won't keep it on (although thermostat will be on 18, but that doesn't flick the heating on)

So, does anybody please want to help me with tips to get them sleeping through? I'm at the end of my tether sad wine....brew brew brew

howaboutacuppa Fri 22-Nov-13 21:22:05

we have a very cold house and our 1 year old DD was waking up in the early hours cold. We don't want to run the Central heating all night as we find it hard to sleep, so we bought her one of those oil filled heaters. It has a thermostat, and we keep it at 16 degrees. She wears a vest, PJs, a little fleecy jumper and a sleeping bag. It seems to have done the trick - she has been sleeping 12-12.5 hours since we bought it! £30 well spent...

InkleWinkle Fri 22-Nov-13 21:28:48

Why don't you try it for a couple of nights & see if it helps?

teacher123 Fri 22-Nov-13 22:58:09

DS doesn't sleep well if he gets cold. Luckily our house is generally quite warm even without the heating on too much but he struggles at both GPs houses as they are naturally quite a lot colder. They've both bought oil radiators and leave them on low all night to keep the room cosy.

TheRealAmandaClarke Sat 23-Nov-13 08:53:26

My DH is fanatical about heating.
I prefer a cold house/ cosy bedding. We have thermostat wars where each of us creeps downstairs adjusting the trigger temperature.
Now as a compromise we set it to 15 17 degrees.

Ragwort Sat 23-Nov-13 08:59:26

TheReal - I am like you too grin - I cannot stand being hot in the bedroom wink - in fact DH & I usually sleep apart as he likes sleeping in a fug with extra duvets on and no fresh air. Yuk. Last night was bliss as he was away and I could sleep with the heating off and the window open grin.

TheRealAmandaClarke Sat 23-Nov-13 09:58:46

<daydreams about cool bedroom>

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