Whether in the home or the office, the battle over the thermostat for the perfect ambient temperature rages on. Some people run cold and need it set high, while others run hot and need it to be down low to function. It’s hard enough to get a room full of adults to agree on an ideal temperature setting, yet adding a newborn baby to the mix throws a whole other set of wrenches into the machinery. When your newborn or infant is sleeping, what is the ideal temperature to allow for the best or even ideal sleeping conditions? Well, we’ve looked into that and more for you in today’s blog. Please sound off in the comments below with your experience in this area and if you have found different or other sleeping conditions that have garnered success for you and your children. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Setting The Ideal Temperature For Your Newborn Sleeper
It’s no secret that babies, especially newborns can be very fussy. Their fussiness has many causes, both known to science and unknown, but one thing that we know for sure causes them to be fussy is if their temperature is off kilter either too hot or too cold. Getting the room temperature at night to a comfortable setting is a crucial part to helping your child sleep for longer stints at a time. Now, according to WEBMD.com, you don’t want your baby’s room to be either too hot or too cold. It’s recommended that the best temperature for babies is between 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit or 20 to 22 degrees Celsius. So, there you have it! Try to keep your baby’s sleeping area between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit during the night time and/or during nap times.
Other Ways To Help Facilitate Baby’s Sleep
Since babies typically don’t start to really regulate their own body temperature until they are about 11 or 12 weeks old, you as the parent will have to help them along with that. If you think that they are getting too cold during the night, you can swaddle them in a slightly heavier or thicker swaddle fabric and/or a lightweight sleep sack that will help them stay warm without adding unnecessary bedding to their sleeping area. The goal is to keep the baby’s sleeping area free and clear of stuffed animals, pillows, loose blankets, and anything else that they may get tangled in or potentially choke on during the night. For unswaddled babies, we really love this wool sleep sack. The wool helps to regulate their body temperature. This sleep sack can be used from 2-24 months, so it is a great investment!
If Baby Seems Too Warm
During the warmer months, it can be nigh impossible to keep the house at a decent temperature, especially at night. If you think baby may be getting too warm during the night and need some extra help, you can put a small to medium box fan in the room to help circulate the air. Just don’t point it directly at baby. You may also want to open a window as well in order to get some fresh cooler night air circulating as well.
Regulating your baby’s temperature is difficult, but is far from impossible! We hope these tips have helped you along your journey. If you have any questions about helping your baby to sleep better, or about your baby in general, please reach out to us HERE. We are experts in all things baby and sleep and would love to help!
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