When the harsh winter chill starts to settle in, you might be concerned about your child’s well-being and comfort. While the rest of us can snuggle in layers of blankets and quilts, kids are often more unaware about their surroundings when they fall asleep and may kick off any duvets or blankets providing warmth. Twisting and turning in bed causes their pajamas to roll up until they are exposed to the bitter winter chill. Save yourself those precious hours of sleep by following these simple ways to keep your kids’ room warm during those cold winter nights.
1. Use Down Comforters
Using comforters that are warmest and ideal for harsh winters is the first and most important step you can take in ensuring a suitably warm bed for your child during winters. For this, we recommend using goose down comforters. While they may be on the pricier side, down comforters offer a ton of benefits that make it worth the investment.
Lightweight, soft, and breathable, these top-quality comforters are an ideal choice for cold winter nights. The delicate feather filling offers excellent insulation with the clusters that trap heat to provide your child with adequate warmth without putting excessive weight on the body. The filling resists clumping and gives even coverage to all parts of the body.
Down comforters are also incredibly breathable and evaporate perspiration or drool, keeping your child dry and warm during the night. They are also aesthetically pleasing as they complement the décor and give the bed an extra fluff. Down comforters are long lasting and light as a cloud, making them an ideal choice to keep the kids warm and comfortable during chilly nights.
2. Heating the Room
Keeping your child’s room at the correct temperature can make a world of a difference on a chilly night. If your house is centrally heated, we suggest that you keep the heating running during the night to keep the entire house warm. Otherwise, installing an efficient heating system is a worthwhile, long term investment.
However, central heating systems can be expensive. A more practical and affordable option like electric radiators, panel heaters or oil heaters fulfills the same purpose in less cost. It is crucial that you and your child follow all the safety precautions that come with such heaters. We also recommend choosing one that clearly displays the thermostat and a programmable timer that can keep control of the heat levels when you are looking to save energy.
Be careful not to leave gas heaters running in your child’s room during the night. In case of a gas leak or the low supply of gas, the room will become hazardous for anyone inside. Electric radiators are the safest option for this case. Simply turn them on one to two hours before your child’s bedtime and tuck them when the room is cozy. You can turn the heating down a bit once they are asleep to save on electricity bills.
3. Protection Against Outside Cold
Heaters or additional duvets may not make much of a difference if you have not already secured your child’s room from the outside wind. A lot of times we install additional equipment to keep our kids’ room warm during the night, but it is essential to first make sure that there are no holes or open gaps through walls or windows that bring the draughts in.
Insulating any open spaces or gaps between doors or windows can make a massive difference to the room’s temperature. Another great option is to install thermal windows or curtains which are specifically designed to secure heat and keep the cold from seeping in. It is vital to ensure that the kids’ rooms are protected from outside elements first before you start preparing to install heating equipment inside.
4. Add Bedding Layers
You can prepare your child’s room for cold winter nights by adding extra bedding layers. Much like adding multiple layers of warm clothing when it is a particularly cold day, adding extra layers of bedding is a fantastic way to seal heat inside and ensure a peaceful rest for your child.
Try adding an extra layer of blanket, a spare quilt or duvet on the bed. You can fold it in a fan shape so your child can simply grab and pull it over if they feel chilly at night. Using polar fleece sheets can make a lot of difference with their softer than feather woolen underlay. These locks heat inside and envelops the child’s body in a tender embrace that resists the chilly wind from within or outside the room.
If your child is kicking off their duvet in the middle of the night, you can buy grips with straps and can be secured underneath the mattress from each corner. This keeps the duvet from slipping, despite the tossing, turning, and kicking. You may even fold a sheet or blanket crosswise at the foot of the bed and tuck in both sides so that it does not slip off during the night.
5. Keep Away the Chill
One of the most effective ways to add an additional burst of warmth and comfort to your child’s sleep is by keeping one or two hot water bottles under the bed covers fifteen minutes before it is bedtime. Hot water bottles maintain heat for two hours or more and when your child finally slips in bed, it is warm and welcoming. This is an inexpensive way to maintain warmth for your kids during nighttime.
It is important to use water bottles with covers in case of leakage which may cause severe injury. Be careful when filling it with hot water and never add boiling water to it as it may burst.
You can also invest in an electric blanket for your kids. Simply switch them on half an hour before bed and when your child is tucked in all warm and cozy, you can switch it off to save on electricity bills. Electric blankets can secure the heat inside efficiently. Remember to always follow safety instructions and never use a damaged electric blanket as they can be dangerous. Make sure that you only use these for children who are toilet trained.
If unprotected during winter nights, your child may fall ill and that only adds to your worries and expenses. From adding a layer or two of additional blankets or installing sophisticated heating systems, you can prepare your kids’ bedrooms to provide them with absolute comfort and warmth, even during freezing temperatures.