People and communities Keeping your baby safe and warm this winter

Winter is a time when you may worry about keeping your baby warm enough. The rising cost of living can make this more challenging.  

The Ideal room temperature is 16 to 20 degrees centigrade to keep your baby warm and well. 

But what should you do if your room is colder than 16 degrees centigrade?

You should dress your baby in a: 

  • Long sleeved vest 
  • Long sleeved babygrow 
  • Cardigan 
  • Sleeping bag 

Don’t use sleeping bags and blankets together. Use breathable cellular blankets rather than fleecy ones if you choose not to use a sleeping bag. 

Avoid putting a hat on your baby while inside.

It’s normal for your baby’s hands and feet to feel cool. Check the back of their neck or chest to see how warm they feel. If they feel clammy, remove a layer of clothing.  

Keep moses baskets and cots away from radiators and electric heaters. Don’t use hot water bottles or weighted blankets. 

The safest place for babies to sleep is on a firm, flat waterproof mattress in a cot or moses basket. They should sleep flat on their backs. 

Research shows babies are better to be too cool, rather than too warm. 

Remember, babies should always be in smoke free rooms.  

The Lullaby Trust website has more information about how to keep your baby warm and well this winter. 

If you need help with: 

  • Benefits or rent 
  • Advice about debts and bills  
  • Food support 
  • Staying warm and well  

Call Manchester’s free cost of living advice line 

Manchester has warm welcome spaces to go for a hot drink and a chat this winter. You can find a warm welcome space in your local library. Libraries also have free WiFi and data sims available to help you get online.

Was this page helpful?

Fields marked * cannot be left blank

Feedback submitted to us on this form is monitored but you won’t receive a reply. In an emergency, visit our emergency contact details page. Please don't include any personal or financial information, for example your National Insurance or credit card numbers.