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Miracle blanket - what tog?

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boompi Thu 23-Aug-07 12:57:15

We are using the Miracle Blanket to swaddle ds (17 days old)

Usually have him in vest and sleepsuit. Our room is usually warm 22-23C (diff to cool as near a hot water tank). I worry that ds is too hot as sometimes hair is clammy, dh doesnt agree and suggested a blanket too.

Anyone who has used a Miracle blanket know what we should be dressing him in?

Used grobags for dd as made this heat thing so much easier but had problems with her Moro reflex wakinh her till 10 weeks or so so wanted to swaddle this time, SIDS warning re overheating scarythough.

PutThatInYourPipeandSmokeIt Thu 23-Aug-07 19:12:02

I have no idea but use the back of your nahd to check the temperature of his chest / back of neck. Completely ignore hands and feet and head as the temp of those is not an accurate representation of how hot/cold he is. He should feel the same temp as your cleavage approx!

Notyummy Thu 23-Aug-07 19:18:38

We used a miracle blanket at this time of year as well, and tbh I would not have thjought that you need a blanket as well, especially if your room is as warm as you have described. Last year when the nursery was that temp at night I had her in just a shorty and the swaddle. Why don't you see how he feels when he wakes up to feed i.e you have to unswaddle anyway...as PTIYPASI says, fel the chest/neck then and decide if he is a bit chilly, or too warm. If too warm then remove vest.

lemonaid Thu 23-Aug-07 19:23:25

We did DS in just a shortie and Miracle Blanket when warm. Agree on checking chest and upper back to get a sense of how hot/cold it was.

ratfly Fri 24-Aug-07 08:56:39

I would say just 1 layer, a miracle blanket and a sheet. I would use a fan too if the temperature reached 24 degrees.
I have a 7 month old still in miracle blanket (yes, I know!), and if it's 18 degrees I use vest, 1/2 tog grobag, miracle balnket and a blanket.
20 degrees vest, 1/2 tog grobag, miracle blanket and a sheet (and I mean a sheet, not a blanket)
22 degrees a vest, miracle balnket and sheet
any more than that and I put the fan on too
hth

ratfly Fri 24-Aug-07 09:51:03

sorry, thought some more, and at 20 degrees and more he just wears a nappy. We use a grobag to stop him scratching his legs.
But for a very young baby without eczema, perhaps the same but leave out the grobag? so...
18 degrees vest miracle blanket and thin blanket
20 degrees miracle blanket (no vest) and sheet
22 degrees miracle blanket (no vest)
24 degrees miracle blanket and fan
Just think how much you would want to wear in bed in that weather...

lemonaid Fri 24-Aug-07 10:13:29

Am I imagining it, or did my NCT teacher suggest putting a baby in one more (thin) layer than you would wear yourself (to allow for their greater proportional surface area)? It would make sense, anyway. I think I'd count the MB as two thin layers, probably.

She also sensibly pointed out that a baby who's too cold (assuming we're not talking ridiculously deep-freeze cold) will wake up and et you know that he's not happy, whereas a baby who's too hot won't, generally.

lemonaid Fri 24-Aug-07 10:14:11

i.e. better to err on the side of "too cold" than "too hot"

ratfly Fri 24-Aug-07 12:08:33

I agree too cold rather than too hot.

I think my NCT group said 1 more layer in the winter, but the same number of layers in summer? I would count the miracle blanket as 2 thin layers too, which is why I suggested just a nappy underneath. I found that you could always add/remove layers on top, but if ds was too warm with a vest and a mb, it was a nightmare cos can't remove either while he is asleep!

boompi Sat 25-Aug-07 22:34:34

Thanks - looks like he was way to warm!

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