Most babies make it easy on you—they’ll fuss when they’re uncomfortable, says Payal Adhikari, MD, a pediatrician with Child & Adolescent Health Associates in Chicago. It’s normal for your baby’s hands and feet to feel a little cold (or even look slightly purple those first few weeks of life as their circulation adjusts to working on its own) but the core of baby’s body (her stomach and back) should feel warm like yours does—not super hot or frigid cold.
So what does that mean when it comes to getting dressed? A good rule of thumb is to dress baby in one more layer than you have on, says Dr. Adhikari. So if you’re hanging out around the house in shorts and a t-shirt, put baby in long sleeves and pants. At night, you can dress your baby in a footed romper under the swaddle or sleepsack, and keep the house at a comfortable 70 degrees.
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