A quick update today to address one of the common questions we hear from new parents – how warm does baby need to be at night?
Well, surprisingly, not as warm as many of us were led to believe (usually by our own parents)!
Generally, advice is to keep the air temperature to around 16 to 18 degrees, and use either a sleeping bag or sheet over baby, tucked in well around the cot mattress. That’s on top of their nightclothes – usually a baby grow or pyjamas.
There’s no need to wrap them up really warm, in fact that’s been linked with a higher risk of cot death by some studies. Many baby monitors come equipped with room temperature monitors, and often they’ll send that reading to your hand-held unit so that you don’t need to be in your child’s bedroom to check it.
Of course, there’s a limit to how much control over the baby’s room you can have particularly in the summer months. Unlike the USA, few of us have air conditioning in our homes, so we can’t do much about very hot nights. A few tips include to leave curtains drawn during the day to minimise the warming for the room as the sun bears down, and to reduce the baby’s clothing if its really warm and you’re struggling to bring the temperature down. If the winter it’s less of a problem, unless you’re suffering from a boiler breakdown or other heating complications.
Above all though, remember you can only do what you can, and our parents and their parents used to wrap their children up as if they were trying to cook them. On the whole though, we all turned out OK didn’t we?