For new parents, one of their main concerns is that their baby can be too cold at night. While this is a valid concern, having a baby who is too hot, can be far more dangerous as it can increase the risk of SIDS.
And this risk increases in the summer months, especially during a heatwave. We all know how uncomfortable it can be lying in your bed at night in these conditions, and it’s the same for your baby. Only he or she can’t tell you if they are too hot! So how do you keep your baby’s room cool in the summer?
In this article, let’s answer this question in detail, looking at the various options as well what you should and shouldn’t consider.
- 1 How can I cool my baby’s room? What do you if it’s too hot for your baby?
- 2 What room temperature is too hot for a baby?
- 3 How do I control the temperature in my baby’s room?
- 4 What should a baby wear to bed in the summer?
- 5 Is it OK to put a fan in my baby’s room?
- 6 Can babies sleep with air conditioning?
- 7 Do babies sleep more when it’s hot?
How can I cool my baby’s room? What do you if it’s too hot for your baby?
Here are some useful tips to keep your baby’s room cool, particularly in the summer months:
- Keep the blinds down or curtains drawn during the day. This will block some of the sunlight which can warm up the room.
- Ensure you have a window open in the evening and at night.
- Use a fan to encourage better air circulation.
- Use air conditioning to regulate the temperature.
- You can give your baby a bath before bedtime at a slightly cooler temperature. This will help keep them cooler when they settle down to bed.
What room temperature is too hot for a baby?
The ideal room temperature for your baby’s room is 18 degrees Celsius (65 degrees Fahrenheit). Anything between 16-20 degrees Celsius is probably ok, but outside of these temperatures, your baby will start to feel too cold or too hot.
Do babies wake up if they are too hot?
While babies should feel warm when they are sleeping, they will find it harder to wake up if they are too hot. An overheated baby will sleep more deeply in this instance, making them difficult to arouse, which may increase the risk of SIDS.
How do you know if your baby is too hot?
Their skin will feel a bit clammy or sweaty to touch. The best place to check is on their chest or back of their neck. If either part feels too warm, then you will need to remove a layer. Don’t check their hands or feet as a guide for their body temperature as these are always colder than the rest of the body.
How do I control the temperature in my baby’s room?
Using air conditioning is the best way to set the right temperature. However, you can easily obsess over such things. Just ensure the room is well ventilated, and your baby has enough layers on so they feel warm and don’t overheat. The temperature will drop a little during the night and warm up during the day, and a degree or two there won’t make a massive difference.
What should a baby wear to bed in the summer?
If you’re experiencing a hot summer, it can make sleeping at night rather uncomfortable.
- For temperatures between 24-27 degrees Celsius, a vest and a very thin sleeping bag (0.5 tog) should be ok.
- For 21-23 degrees Celsius, a vest or sleep suit plus 1 tog sleeping bag will be sufficient.
- Finally, if your baby’s room is between 17-20 degrees (which is the recommended temperature range) a sleep suit and 2.5 tog sleeping bay will be fine.
Can your baby just sleep in a nappy when it’s hot?
In temperatures in excess of 27 degrees Celsius at night in your baby’s room, they can probably just sleep in a nappy, or a nappy plus a vest.
Is it OK to put a fan in my baby’s room?
Not only will a fan help to cool a baby’s room in the summer months, one study shows that using one can also reduce the risk of SIDS by 72%. Opening the window also helps to reduce the risk, but it’s not as significant as using a fan. One possible reason for this reduction is that SIDS can be caused by a build up of carbon dioxide when babies breathe in exhaled air due to being trapped in their bedding. Improving the circulation of air in the room with a fan or opened window might just reduce this risk
If you decide to install a fan in your baby’s room, you should ensure it’s well out of reach of your baby’s arms, as well as any leads.
Can babies sleep with air conditioning?
Many parents worry that air conditioning can make their baby’s room too cold. However, if it’s a choice between a hot, stuffy room with poor air circulation, or having a cooler environment for your baby, you should definitely opt for the latter option.
If you decide to turn on the air conditioning, you should direct the vents away from the baby’s crib or bassinet so the air isn’t blowing directly onto them. You can check on your baby a few times when you start to use it to ensure you have the right temperature on the thermostat. If they have a hot forehead or tummy, and flushed cheeks, you might want to lower the temperature a little.
Also, you may find the noise of the AC turning off and on during the night might cause your baby to stir a little, or even wake up, especially if they are a light sleeper. If this happens then it’s best to use the AC during the day to keep the room cool, and use a fan during the night.
Do babies sleep more when it’s hot?
Babies usually tend to sleep more if they are hot, which might seem a blessing if you and your partner are desperate for a good night’s sleep. However, the heat causes babies to sleep more deeply than normal, making it harder to arouse them. You should ensure your baby’s sleeping conditions are just right so they won’t overheat during the night.