If you have a baby, you’ll most likely be spending days and nights trying to make them as comfortable as possible. Whatever the weather outside, you want them to be safe and comfortable whilst they’re sleeping inside for their health and wellbeing.
Figuring out the ideal temperature for your baby’s room is really important to do from the very beginning as newborn babies may especially struggle to regulate their own temperature.
Finding the ideal temperature
Generally, experts recommend that a baby’s room must be set at a temperature of between 16-20 degrees celcuis for optimum health and safety.
At 16-20 degrees, the baby can also use light bedding or a lightweight baby sleeping bag to ensure they are comfortable and secure.
Many people overheat a baby’s room for fear of them getting cold but it’s really important to know that the chance of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) may increase when a baby is too hot.
If you want to aim for an exact temperature, go for 18 degrees and this should give you a little room either side depending on the conditions outside.
How to achieve the best temperature for your baby’s room:
As a parent or carer, you’ll want to do everything possible to ensure your baby is safe and healthy. Having a well insulated home with efficient heating and cooling systems can be one of the best ways to achieve the ideal temperature in each individual room and avoid secure temperature fluctuations.
Here are some top tips for getting the temperature right in your baby’s room:
- Use a room thermometer
This is one of the most reliable and accurate methods. Measure the temperature at regular intervals by using either an analogue or digital thermometer. You can then adjust your heating or cooling systems accordingly to ensure that the temperature stays within the range of 16-20 degrees throughout.
- Move your thermostat into the baby’s room
If you have a thermostat, move it into the baby’s room to ensure that the temperature is always recorded and reacted to. Often people make the mistake of having a thermostat in a hallway or near the kitchen so temperatures for the home are often unequal.
- Use smart heating controls
Having smart heating controls makes adjusting the temperature in your baby’s room even easier. Whichever system you use, make sure that your baby’s room is between 16-20 degrees and set this as an ongoing status.
- Insulate well
Try to ensure that your home is well prepared before your baby is born. The most important thing is to make sure that your insulation is good and that your home functions efficiently in both the hot and cold weather. Insulating your home will also help you avoid spending excess money on heating and cooling bills – reducing your energy costs and your carbon footprint.
- Check for draughts
Draughts can make a room feel very cold and dramatically reduce the energy efficiency of a room. Always check for draughts around window and door frames to make sure you’re not losing heat in Winter or letting out cool air in Summer. Your baby will benefit from a room free of draughts – which can really alter the temperature.
- Ensure air circulation
It’s important that as well as achieving an ideal temperature of between 16-20 degrees, your baby also enjoys adequate air circulation whilst they are sleeping. You can do this with a conventional fan or you can rely on air conditioning or cooling systems. Always make sure that the air is circulating well in the room.