So, you have just had a baby or you have one coming very soon or you already have one (or two) and one thing you’re worried about is the baby’s sleep temperature chart? Well for starters, it’s much easier than you are expecting it to be and very simple measures and knowledge are enough to prevent SIDs that often leave parents clueless and hurt beyond repair.
Room temperature for newborn baby:
Firstly, your baby is ALMOST as sensitive as you are. Well, in simpler words, your baby is comfortable in a temperature that you yourself are comfortable in. For instance, if you feel that the temperature is too cold for you then it’s too cold for the baby and likewise, if it’s too hot or warm for you then it is too warm for the baby as well. However, experts still suggest that the ideal room temperature for a newborn baby should be kept around 68–72°F (20–22.2°C). They will often tell you that this range is the best room temperature for any baby, even toddlers.
If we want to make things sound easier then it can be said that the temperature in which you can wear just a light t-shirt plus trousers and remain comfortable, that very temperature is ideal and very much preferred for your baby as well. Not too cold and neither too warm. A little breezy and ‘comfy’ is how it should feel.
Fan or air conditioner for sick baby:
Another very common issue is dealing with sick babies. Most of the times babies fall sick, usually catch fever or cold, due to the room temperature not being suitable for them. During summer when babies are sleeping at night, they generally sweat and that leads to nasty colds or fever due to the abrupt cooling down of the body caused by evaporation of sweat. This occurs commonly as the babies are put under a lot of layers with no proper measures to regulate the room temperature. Many parents are quick to think that an air conditioner is the easy solution but that in fact, makes things worse!
In cases like this, fans ought to work better in comforting the baby and prevent sudden changes in temperature. More importantly, it highly reduces the chances of SIDs by declining the risk of “re-breathing” exhaled air by the baby itself. Fans do not really have any effect on the room temperature, rather it simply keeps the air in the room moving, which is very healthy for the baby. So, consider equipping the baby’s room with a ceiling fan or a table fan if you haven’t already.
Ideal temperature for baby room in summer and winter:
Furthermore, in summer you shouldn’t ‘overdress’ or ‘over stack’ your baby. What this means is that during warm weathers babies should be lightly dressed as to avoid overheating which may cause discomfort and unnecessary waking in between sleeps.
Things take a rather different turn during winter and the cold silent nights make things even more scary. The screaming and crying of babies at midnight sound very amplified and terrifying! This definitely causes more panic in the heart of parents especially when it is their first baby. It is very natural to panic as it does get tricky to handle a crying baby in a winter night, but you don’t have to worry as you will have a very marvelous knowledge of dealing with babies in such situations by the end of this article!
Well, the simple solution to this would be to place a thermostat in the baby’s room and to keep the temperature between, yes, you guessed it, 68–72°F (20–22.2°C). I repeat that this is the best temperature to keep a baby in all the time.
By the way, you can also read important summer safety tips for baby to keep your little pumpkin safe and secure in summer times.
Baby sleep temperature guidelines:
For parents with newborn babies, it’s nothing new to wake up at 3 a.m. to the sharp noise of their infants crying and screaming at the top of their lungs. It’s either because they are hungry in the middle of the night or because the temperature is not suitable or comfortable enough; the later is often truer. Poor regulation of temperature leads the baby to abruptly wake up and as a means of signaling their discomfort, they cry uncontrollably. Such occurrences have led to reports of SIDs in the past and is clearly not a matter to be taken lightly.
The foremost step to overcome this problem is to room together or to room close to the baby room so that you don’t miss out the single most noise made by the baby. Other steps include keeping the cradle bare, not over-layering the baby with blankets or clothes; these prevent the baby from overheating. However, neither the baby should be underdressed or provided with few blankets. In addition, the baby should be made to sleep on it’s back as that too reduces risks of SIDs. Lastly, the baby room temperature should be checked frequently and maintained in ideal levels.