Importance of Monitoring your Baby’s Room Temperature

Prasanna Raj


Babies are more sensitive to room temperature than grownups because of their small bodies. Despite the joy newborns bring, creating a conducive growth environment can be frustrating. An unideal baby’s room temperature affects the development of healthy sleeping patterns in children. Sleep facilitates a baby’s development in several areas, such as brain structure, language, memory, and emotional regulation.

When can babies regulate their body temperature?

They lack the ability to regulate their body temperature before attaining 11 weeks. Beyond this period, babies regulate their body temperature during the night just like grownups.

What is the ideal room temperature for a baby?

People feel discomfort and experience difficulty sleeping when the room is excessively hot or cold. This fact cuts across all age groups, but it is very relevant to babies. They lack capacity to communicate verbally, or take remedial action. Identifying the ideal baby room temperature is vital for sustaining their health and safety. The best room temperature for a newborn baby lies between 20 to 22 degrees Celsius. These figures imply a minimum room temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit and a maximum of 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do babies sleep better in a cold room?

Baby’s position to where they sleep has large surface area to volume ratio, implying maximum heat gain and loss. Newborn baby’s room should be cold. Baby’s sleep better in a cold room because their weight exposes them to a large surface area. Therefore, they lose and gain heat faster than adults.

What room temperature is too hot for a baby?

Temperature beyond 72 degrees Fahrenheit, or 22 degrees Celsius is too hot for a baby. The following are signs a baby is hot while sleeping.

  1.       Fast breathing
  2.       Rapid Heartbeat
  3.       Unresponsiveness
  4.       Restlessness and inability to sleep
  5.       Warmness to touch
  6.       Heat rash
  7.       Flushed or red Skin

Here is a question that lingers the minds of most parents and guardians babies having fever: “Is it okay to use fan in fever for babies?” The response is “Yes” because fans cool the room by speeding up air circulation. For this reason, a parent can fan baby’s room to prevent fever.

How do I know if a room is too cold for a baby?

When the Baby’s hand is cold, it implies that the temperature is below recommended level. How to tell if a baby is too cold at night is a challenge for persons who do not know the cues. Other signs a baby is cold at night include the following.

  1.       Sneezing
  2.       Fussiness
  3.       Pale Skin
  4.       Cold Feet

If you notice these for cues, the next question is how to keep a baby warm at night. The strategies include maintaining appropriate room temperature, avoid using quilts and blankets, dress them in layers, and room sharing (not bed). AAP has a policy that discourages utilization of weighted sleep sacks because weight on a child’s nest enables an infant to get into unsafe sleep positions that they cannot change.

What temperature prevents SIDS?

Temperatures above 72 degrees Fahrenheit in baby’s room increases the risk Sudden Infant death syndrome (SIDS). Keeping a baby in a room with a temperature range of 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit prevents SIDS.

Continue Reading: Why Do You Need a Remote Temperature & Humidity Sensor?



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