What is the safe temperature for a newborn’s room?

Achieving and maintaining a safe temperature for a newborn’s room is important at any time of the year, but summer is especially tough. The popular summer season is all about fun, but when the sun goes down, the question of how to control a safe temperature in your newborn’s room becomes increasingly important.

Although you have spent time coordinating your nursery ideas to perfection, there is even more to this room than its aesthetics. Here, sleep experts explain the importance of achieving a safe temperature in your newborn’s room – and share their tips on how to keep a room cool during the toughest time of year.

What is the safe temperature for a newborn’s room?

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“Baby’s room should be comfortably cool, between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit (21/22 Celsius),” says Alex Savy, certified sleep science coach and founder of sleeping ocean (opens in a new tab).

It is essential that the room is around this temperature to minimize the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SID) during sleep, which worries many parents around the world.

How do you maintain a safe temperature in a newborn’s room?

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When conceiving baby boy or baby girl room ideas, the experts urge you to put heat control at the forefront of your plans. These are the most effective ways to keep the space cool all year round.

1. Invest in a digital thermometer

“The easiest way to maintain this temperature is to control the thermostat,” says Alex. home specialist Oberon Copeland (opens in a new tab) recommends using a digital thermometer that will alert you when the temperature rises or falls outside of your desired range.

“Another way to control the temperature is to use a heater or air conditioner. When using any of these devices, be sure to follow all safety precautions. By taking these steps, you can ensure that your newborn’s room is always at a safe and comfortable temperature,” adds Oberon.

2. Keep curtains and blinds closed

If you know how to keep a house cool during a heat wave, you may already know the powers of your curtain (and blinds). And this tactic is just as impactful in your newborn’s room. Alex suggests closing the blinds and curtains during the day to promote a cool environment as the room hasn’t been baking in the sun throughout the day

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3. Use natural and breathable fabrics

When choosing the best mattress for your baby, the expert suggests choosing one made with breathable fabrics that will maintain constant airflow throughout the night and reduce the risk of overheating. “These fabrics include cotton, bamboo, Tencel, linen and viscose,” says Alex.

However, it is also important to note that newborns should sleep without blankets, pillows, or soft toys in their bed.

“Many experts believe that the best way for babies to sleep before the age of one is in your room with you, in their crib, on their back, with only a firm mattress and nothing else in the crib. with them”, adds sleep. expert Dorothy Chambers of Addicted to sleep (opens in a new tab). “This not only includes pillows, but also blankets, stuffed animals and any other stuffed animals that could suffocate your baby,”

These tips will help you minimize the risk of SID and promote longer, healthier sleep for you and your baby during the hot summer months.

Dora W. Clawson