Winter is coming and with it the need to keep our babies warm. The ideal baby room temperature should range between 69.8 to 73.4 °F (21 – 23 °C) and no more than 75.2 °F (24 °C) though in Europe the recommendation for temperature in the room is lower (68 °F). Bathroom temperature should be 77 °F (25 °C). Despite that, many mothers overheat their babies’ immediate surroundings causing them discomfort and even putting them at risk.
There are five basic guidelines you should follow to make sure your baby room temperature is proper:
1) Do not place the bed under the window or adjacent to an external wall.
2) Do not place a radiator too close the baby’s head.
3) Routinely measure and monitor the temperature of the room near the baby’s bed based on the guidelines mentioned above.
4) Avoid thick blankets. They can be dangerous especially if the baby is already in a heated room covered with layers of clothing. Her body heat will keep on rising to a dangerous level putting her at risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome!
5) Leave a small opening in the window so that fresh air can enter the room. Don’t worry, it won’t have a significant effect on your baby room temperature.
6) Make sure the air in the room is not dry. It is recommended leaving a bowl filled with water in the corner of the room or hanging a wet towel (provided that it’s far from heating devices to prevent fire)
How can you tell if your baby is cold or hot?
Your baby’s normal body temperature (measured in the armpit) should be between 97.3 – 100.04 °F (36.3 – 37.8 °C). Above that and she may suffer from fever, which requires consulting your doctor. If her body heat drops below 97.3 °F, she is at risk of hypothermia.
Early signs of hypothermia may include indifference, weak crying, reddish or pale blue skin, slow reaction, drowsiness, refusal to eat, or restlessness. If you have reasons to believe your child is too cold, add a layer of clothing and raise the baby room temperature using an external source of heat, such as a radiator. If you do not see any improvement, seek medical help without delay.