Every night, parents and children enter into a silent, merciless battle: Your little one takes their covers off, and you, the parent, cover them back up again.
Together you create a viscous cycle that lasts all night long while you all try to get some rest.
Without a doubt, this is a tiring battle where parents fear the possible negative effects the cold could have on their child during the night.
Because no matter what you do, your child always wins the battle – meaning he spends the night lying on top of his sheets without any covers.
Your little one’s pajamas aren’t enough to keep her warm, so you turn to blankets, quilts and bed spreads, which all end up at the foot of the bed while your child is fast asleep on the opposite end, belly exposed.
So, how should we react when our children refuse to stay covered up? What can we do?
Of course, your child surely takes their covers off because he’s hot underneath all those layers.
Remember that children tend to feel less cold than adults during the night. Therefore, adding blankets doesn’t make him feel more comfortable; it makes him feel smothered.
Taking this into consideration, the first step is to observe your child before you start getting anxious because she’s not covered up. Look at her skin, her hair; touch her pajamas around her back, and touch her pillow.
Find out if she’s really as cold as you think.
Also, did you know why children get that barking kind of cough sometimes? It’s not due to the cold, actually. Rather, it is produced as a result of being too hot.
It’s no surprise that the quick fix for that kind of cough consist of taking your child out for some fresh air to reduce the swelling of his vocal chords.
Also remember that children have a very active sleep pattern, which means they tend to move around quite a bit in their cribs or beds because they weigh very little and they fit in practically any direction.
While tossing and turning, it’s very unlikely that your child will stay covered up all night long.
Lastly, your child might be taking the covers off while she sleeps due to the simple fact that she doesn’t feel comfortable with her super warm pajamas under a heavy load of blankets that bind her, weigh her down, and also make her sweat excessively.
What to do if your child takes their covers off at night
Written by You Are Mom Editors, updated January 2018
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