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    Okay, it's getting cold again and BalletBoy's room is in the back of this old rowhouse. In other words, what was at one point, the porch room. It gets cold back there. Last year, I bought him a super cheap space heater for the evenings, but I was thinking and wondering if an electric blanket would be better.

    But there are different issues. I mean, which one is safer, especially for a younger kid? Which one will keep him warmer? Which one will cost less and be more energy efficient?

    Thoughts? I know electric blankets used to be sort of dangerous, but my understanding is that there's a new generation that's much safer.
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    How about an electric mattress pad? They aren't inexpensive (around $70-100 for a good one, maybe less for a twin bed), but neither is using a space heater. You can turn it on a few minutes before he goes to bed and then turn it off when he's ready for sleep. They do a great job heating the whole bed, the mattress and the blankets.

    FWIW, I wouldn't keep one on all night.
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    Our house was built in 1927 and we have heat issues in my one of my dd's bedroom. We use and electric blanket, turning it on about an hour before she goes to bed and unplugging it when she goes to bed. It seems to be working OK for her. We use a ceramic space heater in the family room, but only when we are home. I love older houses but the winters are tough.
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    We actually keep our heater set at 65 because it is simply pointless to heat this house past that point. We just wear house coats while in the house on the really cold days. Then the kids have LOTS of extra warm blankets. From mattress up there are flannel sheets, then thick fleece blanket(s), the Crocheted wool ones then the quilt on top and my boys seem to do pretty good at night. Our house is very cold and very drafty. It was here before the one next door to us and according to city records next door was build in 1850....

    Sometimes we even wear knitted hats in the house. It seems to help.

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    I was going to suggest a heated mattress pad, too. DH got one for our bed a few years ago as a gift to me, and it's one of my favorite gifts EVER. It has settings - Low, 1-9, and High - and automatically turns itself off after 11 hours so you don't accidentally leave it on all day. I do leave it on all night. It's also washable, if you follow the directions.
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    We use heated mattress pads on all of our beds! They work great here in WV! Our only source of heat is a wood stove so it can get chilly in the wee hours if we are too lazy to get up and throw some more wood on.
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    One more vote for the electric mattress pad. We live in a brick house built in 1927 and it's drafty, so even with the heat on parts of the bedrooms can be cold. With the mattress pads we leave the heat at 55 overnight even in the depth of winter.
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    Thanks for asking about this. I didn't know electric mattress pads existed. That could solve my boys' cold bedroom issue too.
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    As an aside, my baby was a Yule-tide. We can home the 24th of Dec and he didn't sleep out of our arms for a week. Dad and I were both exhausted. He slept in our arms in bed... so niether of slept scared of SIDS. It was my first winter not in FL, and his first child...

    Then a lightbulb. Took a heating pad and put in under his matress sheet. Turned it on for 10 min... and laid the sleeping baby down. Done. Amazing.

    I'm so gettting mattress heating pads for the family LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    Okay, it's getting cold again and BalletBoy's room is in the back of this old rowhouse. In other words, what was at one point, the porch room. It gets cold back there. Last year, I bought him a super cheap space heater for the evenings, but I was thinking and wondering if an electric blanket would be better.

    But there are different issues. I mean, which one is safer, especially for a younger kid? Which one will keep him warmer? Which one will cost less and be more energy efficient?

    Thoughts? I know electric blankets used to be sort of dangerous, but my understanding is that there's a new generation that's much safer.
    I've seen some bad burns from an electric blanket gone wrong.

    When I was a kid living in Scotland, we used hot water bottles, and loved them. When I grew up, I got some for my kids as well, and they loved them too.
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