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dd moved out of our bed and into a pack-n-play a few weeks back. I find that her hands are terribly cold when I pick her up in the early morning. She warms right up when we snuggle and nurse, but *I* sure wouldn't be happy with my body parts being that cold.<br><br>
She's been going to sleep wearing socks, a onesie, a super stuffed cloth diaper, leggings (old Gymboree ones), sometimes a long-sleeve shirt, a Lands End blanket sleeper, and a homemade sleeveless fleece baby bag. I didn't want to put blankets on her in a crib, but I've worked my way up so that now she sleeps with three blankets (she doesn't move a muscle while she sleeps, and they're not near her face anyway).<br><br>
What on earth else can I do?!?! Our heat only goes down to 60 at night, so it's not like we're camping outside....I think a portable heater would make things TOO hot and stuffy.<br><br>
Our last two kids were in the family bed until they were 2 (or was it 3? or 4???), and I have no clue how to deal with this! Thanks for any help!
 

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Don't gauge her body temp from her hands or feet. Most babies, even when very warm, will still have cold hands... feel the back of baby's neck, that's a more accurate gauge.<br><br>
You may be OVERheating baby with some of those items you mentioned - that's not good.<br><br>
I have no advice - my babies would never sleep with anything on their legs, so they were always in a t-shirt and diaper. They had plenty of blankets to cuddle, but would never stay under any...
 

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We definitely have the same issue with DD. Sometimes our apt gets pretty cold (the downstairs neighbors control the heat and are not always very consistent about it). So we've started putting a hot water bottle near her.<br><br>
I put super hot water in it and wrap the whole bottle in a receiving blanket. With the blanket around it, it is just snuggly warm. DD sleeps on her side and I put the water bottle in front of her, near her hands and that seems to do the trick. DD also sleeps under some covers, I tuck them into the edges of the crib so they don't come loose even if she does move (and they aren't near her face). Because the water bottle is under the covers with her, it often is not cold by the time she wakes, it's not super warm either, but she doesn't wake up with ice cold hands.
 

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Thank you both for answering!<br><br>
Sandra, I will check the back of her neck for warmth. That makes a lot of sense. And Debbie, a hot water bottle is something I've been meaning to buy for our older kids anyway (I'm a heating-pad addict), and that sounds like a really good solution.<br><br>
Thank you!!!!!
 

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When ds slept in his crib I used a space heater in his room. Personally, I think he'd be LESS hot and stuffy than with all those clothes and blankets on! You can run a humidifier if you're worried about it being too try. ds hated having blankets on and it was the only thing that kept his hands warm.
 

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I don't know why her hands are cold, but ugh! all those layers, including blankets, made me hot just reading it! I don't know if she complains about it, but it sounds uncomfortable. I think maybe a portable heater and less layers might do the trick.
 

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turn your heat up? 60 is freezing! (at least for me) We keep it at 74 year round, night and day
 

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if it's her hands that are cold i'd cover them, not her whole body. sounds like too many covers for a little babe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> you can use socks as gloves or if you want to get fancy you can buy the special hand booties that are basically the same thing.
 

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We've got the babies sidecarred in a crib and they get a sleeper, a fleece sleep sack, and then swaddled in a fleece blanket.
 

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I was going to say to put socks on her hands but someone beat me to it. Those little mitty things fall off easily, but the socks stay on most the time.
 

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Thanks, ladies, for the idea. What a great use for all those onesie socks we have!<br><br>
Snoopy: you gave me a good laugh. We have a very large 100-year old house. I'd probably have to set the heat to 90 to get it to 74 in the winter!<br><br>
momto l&a: isn't the sleeveless fleece zip-up thing I've got her in a sleep sack? It's homemade so I'm not sure if that's what it's called.<br><br>
Gotta go find some socks now!
 

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I put dd in a onesie and a blanket sleeper (with socks). When dd slept in a sleeper sack I put her in a onesie and a light weight sleeper (with socks). We have a big house and it costs us a fortune to run the heat for the whole house so we bought individual heaters for our room and dd's room. The heater we bought for dd's room has a thermostat on it and can be set to just about any temp. We keep her room at a constant 70 degrees and she does just fine. I think we spent $50 on her heater and running it rather than heating the whole house at night has greatly decreased our heating bill.
 
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