What Is The Best Temperature For Baby?
How warm or how cool should you set your baby’s room temperature? There is no definite answer to that. Some experts might give you a temperature range, but that is not too reliable.
That is the reason why the tropical temperature that is comfortable for the people of Florida might feel too hot for those in Canada. The ambient temperature that is considered typical in arid and hot Arizona is too warm for the cold state of Alaska.
Not Too Warm, Not Too Cold!
Humans can quickly adapt to temperature extremes. Babies are more fragile than us; we adults are better on acclimatizing to most temperatures. We, adults, have a temperature regulating mechanism built into our bodies to make us sweat or shiver depending on the circumstance. That being said, babies are not as adaptable as us.
1. Ideal Temperature for a Cool Climate
If you are living in a state that always has snow for winter, 16-20 degrees Celsius or 60-68 Fahrenheit is the perfect indoor ambient temperature. To achieve this, you’ve got to have a reliable room heater.
If your baby is not comfortable, his sleep will suffer. You can never just “feel” the temperature for you to measure if it is within the ideal range. You will need to buy a good room thermometer as well as a room humidifier for check and balance.
If it is snowing and the temperature had dipped to near zero, you can also use a heating pad to heat the bed.
Cold temperature and less than normal humidity can significantly affect your baby’s immunity. Being exposed to sub-par temperatures increases a child’s likelihood to contract respiratory tract illnesses.
It is even noted that in poor areas with freezing temperature, it is neonatal hypothermia that contributes to increased sickness and infant death.
2. Ambient Temperature for Tropical Regions
If your place is more tropical or desert-like, you must maintain a nursery temperature range that is no higher than 21-24 degrees Celsius or 70 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit.
During the hot months, it is a struggle to keep baby cool especially at night time. You’ve got to have a room air conditioner to balance the heat as well as an electronic thermometer to monitor the room temp at all times.
For humid weather, it is better to use an AC as compared to a fan.You have to keep watch of your baby’s room temperature because a room that is too warm increases your child’s risk of SIDS.
High temperature can also contribute to heat rash, fussiness, dehydration or worse, heat stroke. If you are living in a tropical climate, be sure to keep baby hydrated especially if you are bottle feeding.
Keeping Your Baby Comfortable Come Snow, Rain or Sun
# Warm bath
Giving your child a warm bath is soothing regardless if the weather is hot or chilly. A nice bath can also calm your baby, improving the quality of his sleep. Just be sure to pat your baby dry after bath completely, everything must be dry. Pay attention to drying the hair and those areas around skin folds such as your child’s armpit, neck and butt cheeks.
# Check your child’s temperature
The best way to keep baby’s body temperature in check is to co-sleep in the same room as your baby. If you are uneasy about the idea of sharing your bed with your little one, then a co-sleeper can help. You may not have a thermometer with you, but you can quickly check your child’s body temp by feeling the skin over his back or chest. It must be warm to touch but not sweaty.
# Check your child’s bedding
You might get too eager to keep your child warm. A safe infant bed must not have fluffy pillows and sheets. Thick duvets and linen can smother and suffocate your baby. Your safer bet is to control the room temperature as compared to piling up all that thick blankets on top of your child.
Experts even advise parents that the best way to prevent SIDS is to keep the infant’s bed without blanket or pillows, as in nothing! A safer alternative to a blanket is to put your baby in a wearable sleeping sack. Just keep your child’s trunk zipped, while freeing his arms so that he can move freely while asleep.
Parenting is a balancing act. Being a mother, you’ve got a hundred things to consider and take care of all at once. The room’s temperature is a significant factor that can affect your child’s health and mood. Keep your room air conditioning and heater in excellent operating condition; you don’t want it to break down with a baby at home.