A guide to creating a safe room temperature for your baby

baby safe room temperature

by Lorna White |
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Like Goldilocks' porridge, you want your baby to have a safe room temperature that's not too hot and not too cold, but you'll probably need a baby thermometer to check that! Baby's that are too hot at night are at greater risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), so it's important you pay close attention to the temperature of their room so that you know it's a safe room temperature.

What is a safe room temperature?

You should aim for a room temperature of 16-20⁰C according to the Lullaby Trust. We understand it can be tough to gauge the temperature in their room, so we think it's worth investing in a baby room thermometer.

How can I tell if my baby is too warm or too hot?

As with most things, every baby is different. Just like some of us grown ups get too warm in pyjamas or can't sleep unless they're in their fave PJ's, it's a good idea to keep checking in on your baby to make sure they're not overheating.

The easiest and most reliable way to check baby is by feeling their chest or back of their neck. If their skin feels hot, clammy or sweaty to touch, it's a good idea to remove one or more layers of their bedding or bed clothes. Remember, don't use their hands or feet as a guide as they'll always be colder.

Unsure on what your baby should wear to bed? Read our guide on what baby should sleep in. We'd also recommend stocking up on a couple of baby sleeping bags if you haven't already.

How do I keep my baby cool in summer?

During the warmer few weeks of summer, we understand it can be much harder to regulate a safe room temperature. Start by opening the bedroom door and windows (if it's safe) and keep curtains or shutters closed during the day. It's also a good idea to dress them in lighter clothing.

If you have a fan, you can also turn this on, just make sure you don't aim it directly on your baby. Fluids are essential during the hot weather, and you may find your baby is keen to feed more often than usual. If you're bottle feeding, it's okay to give your baby a little cool boiled water if they are thirsty.

What about keeping them warm in cold weather?

You shouldn't need to keep the heating on all night, even on the coldest of winter nights. If you're worried that your baby might be too cold, simply dress them in some warmer night wear or add an extra layer. If you are leaving the heating on, make sure you don't set the heating to over 20⁰C to ensure a safe room temperature.

What if my baby is unwell?

If your little one is suffering from a fever, don't dress them in extra layers to keep them warm. If you dress them in fewer layers, they can allow their body temperature to lower.

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