I have a picture of myself as a baby in my crib at home. I must be about 7 or 8 months old, and I'm sleeping on my stomach, with a pillow, in a crib that has the frilliest bumper the '80s could provide, with what looks like a twin sized duvet covering me. Given the current safe sleep recommendations and what we know, it's a wonder I survived. Fortunately, we know better, now, and there are great, safe ways to keep your newborn warm while they sleep that won't break the bank or give you a panic attack. It's all about strategy.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has very specific guidelines on how to keep your baby safe and warm at night. These include having your baby sleep on their back with no plush comforters, toys, bumpers, pillows, or other objects in the crib with your baby. Assuring there's circulating air in the room with your baby, and keeping the room they sleep in a comfortable temperature that is neither too warm or too cold, is important, too. The AAP also suggest having your baby sleep in the same room as the parent for at least the first six months of life, but they've suggested that a full year is better. The website noted that to make sure your baby is the right temperature, make certain their core is warm, and their extremities are a bit cooler, letting you know they're at a safe, comfy temp. So how can you do that without blankets? Like this: