Maiya is 2 1/2 and will NOT use blankets. We put them on her at night, and she leaves them on, but she moves so much in her sleep that they don't last a half an hour.
When it first started getting cold, we didn't turn the heater on at night. As long as we bundled her up with lots of layers, she was able to sleep as cold as 62.
Now it's getting colder, though, and we all need the heater on. Here's the hard part- she's a really light sleeper. The heater won't wake her up (or if it does, she can put herself back to sleep) for the first 9 hours of her sleep. But, she needs to sleep 13 hours, so that leaves the last 4 hours as what I call the "danger zone" where a sneeze across the street can wake her up... (And yes, this is with white noise, but if the white noise is any louder, it wakes her up)
The last few nights, I've had the heater on at 72 until just before we hit the "danger zone", then it drops to 68, so it doesn't come on. However, I've discovered that her room is much colder than the rest of the house (one huge room, with only one heater vent). So even though the heater is set at 72, her room is about 66. As a test, last night, we had the heater at 74, and her room was still at 68!
The problem is, her room STARTS warm, because it's baked with the evening sun. If we don't have the heater on during the day, it doesn't get that hot, so we can bundle her up. I mean, the sun still bakes the room, but then it starts at 62 degrees, so it just doesn't get as warm! If the heater is on during the day, even at 68, the room gets up to 75 when the sun hits it. So if the heater has been on and I bundled her up in layers, it's too warm when she goes to bed for a bunch of layers.
To clarify, we have the heater at 68 during the day, but then around midnight it's set to go up to 72. My logic was (and it's only been a few days, so this may change) that her room is about 75 when she goes to bed, but quickly cools down. If the heater comes on at midnight, it will keep it warmer (around 70, or so I thought). And then, when the "danger zone" comes around and the heater turns off, then the room will start cooling down, but only a few degrees and not enough to wake her up. I've found, though, that her room continues cooling down, even with the heater on through the night, and it does indeed get too cold for her to sleep once the heater turns off.
We could just keep the heater lower during the day, at, say, 64 instead of 68... But I don't like it that cold!
Or, we could leave the heater set up at 68 during the day, like it is now, let the room get warm, dress her in only a few layers, and then, set up a space heater to turn on during the "danger zone" so it doesn't get too cold for her. But, I'm not sure I trust a space heater in with her. Those things can be so dangerous!
Her first two winters weren't a problem because we coslept, but now we can't cosleep, and she still won't use blankets, so I'm in brainstorm mode...
How do you ladies handle things when it gets cold? Have any brilliant ideas on how to keep her comfortable at night?