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is there a safe way to keep ds warm while co-sleeping this winter? we have a really huge old house and heating is expected to jump by near 200$ in our area, this means that our heating bill alone will cost as much as our morgatage unless we cut back. during the day we can use a space heater in the living room where we mainly hang out but i don't know about the bedroom. it's huge and has tons of windows. right now he sleeps in fuzzy pj's and is covered with a sheet and veluxe blanket. both are very light and he can push them off his face (or in his case cover his head with them, goofy boy). but out here it can get to -20 in January and i have no idea how we are going to afford our heat if we run it to where we need to stay warm. he's got a blanket sleeper thing but he hates it. plus, dh and i need to stay warm and sleeping in a hoodie is not conductive to the night nursing experience. any suggestions? this is our first dc and we're really new to this whole thing!
 

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What about wool jammies? We use these with DS and it keeps him really warm. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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When dd was little I put her in a onesie and heavy socks, thermals then a blanket sleeper and that kept her warm enough as long as the room was 50F or higher. for heating what about some kinda space heater or even buying a wood stove if its cheaper. My moms new DH added a nice wood stove for around $1000 and they are using it for winter heating.
 

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I always thought dd stayed plenty warm when co-sleeping since my dh is like a furnace under blankets.<br><br>
We also swaddled her and she snuggled with me so I knew where she was at all times.<br><br>
For nursing maybe you could get a hooded sweatshirt from a cheap place like salvation army or goodwill and cut slits in it for your chest area, I have heard of women doing this to t-shirts. It might be worth a try.<br><br>
Good luck!<br>
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Also forgot to add that dh puts plastic on the widows. We have a really new house and it leaks something terrible. The plastic might be worth a shot. You can put it on the outside of the house or one the inside along the window sill. We us the 3M brand cause thier tape is easiest to remove.<br><br>
A kerosene heater might be a cheaper choice though I think they do smell a little if that would bother you.<br><br>
We are also scared of the heating prices this year. Dh has put insullation in the outlet covers and everything already. I'm sure the window plastic is next.
 

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I'm curious about this too b/c it gets very cold where we live and we typically save $ and energy by turning heat way down at night & sleeping under a massive down duvet. I don't really feel comfortable tucking 6 month old dd under the duvet, I think it's a bit too heavy for her to move. Right now she sleeps in wool longies and a t-shirt... I'm interested in suggestions too... I need nursing pjs too, b/c I don't want to freeze LOL, especially as she is usually tucked next to me so I don't imagine I'll use the duvet...<br>
rambling <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blahblah.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blah blah"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blahblah.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blah blah"> but listening to the good suggestions so far.
 

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Where do I find Wool Jammies? b/c I live in NH in an old drafty mobile home. It really gets cold here too!<br><br>
Thanks<br><br>
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similar situation here, differences being that -20 is pretty rare and DS is super-tactile-sensitive so wool or blanket sleepers with their scratchy insides are a no-go, buuuut...we have a SUPER drafty OLD house and cannot absorb the ridiculously high heating costs this winter either. we are looking into investing in the new micathermic heaters. on the web they look promising so let's hope they help!
 

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I think it's easier to keep baby warm while cosleeping- at least they have your body heat to help out! My daughter is in a crib next to our bed, and we have her in about a thousand layers, which makes things especially difficult since she needs her diaper changed like 5 times a night. i'm thinking of getting a spaceheater to warm up our room before we go to sleep....
 

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We are heading into the New England winter and are having all the same questions. We heat with a wood stove but our br is on the other side of the house and it is freezing!!! Last winter ds was just a newborn so we slept him in the living room near the stove until we all went to bed together, but now that he is 12 mos he needs quiet to sleep and I feel so bad nursing him down in the FREEZING room....and its only October!<br><br>
We are going to get the Vortex heater. It looks like a fan and from what I've heard it heats up the room very quickly and efficiently.<br><br>
Also, our housemate's girlfriend is from Germany and she said they always heat up potatoes or hotwater bottles before bed and slip them between the sheets. It heats up the bed and then the blankets keep that heat in all night. We look forward to trying it out this yeat.<br><br>
NOVA natural toys is run by a Swedish family out of Vermont and I know they have really nice wool underwear and baby pjs. I was thinking of buying some this year.
 

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Heat up potatoes? For how long? Our house was chilly last night. I heard about filling a soda bottle with hot water and doing the same thing, but our dog sleeps on the bottom of the bed, so it might not be a good idea. So i am curious about the potatoes. I am also gonna check into that VT company mentioned, gotta run to get ready for baby's baptism.
 

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thank you for all the great suggestions! i have no idea where i would find wool jammies but i am looking. currently we use a space heater in the living room and close the pocket doors to keep the heat in. we can't put the plastic sutff on our windows b/c i'tll take the finish off the wood. (our house still has the original woodwork in it!) i'm looking into making curtains w/ some type of insulation in them to keep the cold air out at night. due to some very limitted finances we can't buy any sort of wood burner (plus our house isn't equipted for it) my MIL has these heating panal things, they're env. friendly, kid and pet safe, that you hang on your walls, since our walls are plaster they can't support the weight of them so DH is going to try to make a stand for it to see if that works. i never thought of cutting a hole in a hoodie. i have a ton of them so i should do that! so far we haven't had to use our heater so that's a major money saving bonus. it's been getting down into the 30's at night too so i guess we're doing good.<br>
oh yeah...this is esp. for Hillary, you can make rice bags too. you use cotton material to form a pouch, and fill it with rice. you can microwave it and it stays warm for quite a while. kinda like a water bottle w/out the water. they make awesome heating pads and work really well if you get bad cramps <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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One of the best things you can do is put a hat on the baby! A HUGE percentage of heat escapes your body through your head, covering it up makes such a big difference.
 

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I haven't tried the potato method yet but I was planning on putting them on top of the woodstove until they are really hot. We'll see how it works out. I know I have seen wooly pjs a few other places besides the nova naturals...I would just search online.<br><br>
the curtain idea is a good one. I have thought about that because it is so much colder in front of our windows...having some sort of heavy curtain would really hold a lot of the cold out.<br><br>
hat doesn't work for ds...he is too squiggly and it always falls off.
 

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layer, layer, layer...and don't forget socks (double up!)
 
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