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Keeping the kids covered

Dear Obsessive Mother’s Guide to Parenting,

I hate winter. Well, I don’t hate it, but I don’t get much sleep when it’s this cold outside. My kids get hot and kick off their covers. Then when I check on them an hour later their skin is ice cold to the touch. I pull the covers back up and they kick them down again. We repeat this cycle all night. I need some ideas.

Sincerely,

Sleepless in Spring

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Dear Sleepless,

Been there my friend. Here are some quick solutions:

pj1) Footie pajamas. Thanks to novelty stores bring this child favorite back to popularity, you can find these in every size, newborn to grown-up. If you’re doing this, add light covers, cool sheets, not your flannels. Then even with the covers kicked off, their arms & legs are still covered.

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2) Find your thermostat. If it’s in the kitchen, that can be trouble. The thermostat is reading the temperature for the house based on the room with the oven & the stove. At dinner time, it will allow the bedrooms to chill because it thinks the house is warmer. Then at night, when the kitchen has cooled down, it will crank up the heat. If you can keep it consistent, you’ll have a better chance for a calm night.

sb3) If have a night where sleep is a must, have a slumber party. Let the kids bring sleeping bags into your room so you can check on them with just a glance. The floor will be cooler, but they will be zipped in tight.

 

You are a great parent for being vigilant on this issue.  We want to do everything we can to keep our kids healthy and safe.  Keep up the good work!

Sincerely,

The Obsessive Mother’s Guide to Parenting.

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