What is the Ideal Temperature for My Baby’s Room?

By Misty on in Baby Sleep Help Baby Sleep Needs Health Concerns Safety and Comfort SIDS Research with 7 Comments

What is the Ideal Temperature for My Baby’s Room?
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When it comes to room temperature for your baby, it’s important to remember that if you are hot in the room then your baby probably is too. If you’re cold, then they will be also. If you still aren’t sure what the best temperature for your baby’s room should be, here’s some information to consider.

What Temperature is the Right Temperature?

A baby’s room should be kept at a continuous regulated temperature between 68- 72 degrees F. This is pretty typical for most homes so should be easy to maintain. It is very important to monitor the room temperature frequently to make sure that your baby is comfortable day and night. This can easily be accomplished through a thermostat, indoor thermometer or by many of the baby monitors available that feature room temperature gauges such as the Motorola MBP36 Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor (this is the one we use in our own home).

As an adult, when you get hot you can get out of bed and take off layers of clothing, turn on the ceiling fan to circulate air or open a window. Babies of course can’t do that and instead depend on you to keep them comfortable. It is not necessary, or even recommended to keep them heated all night as it could lead to sweating or even trouble breathing. A study has found that a room that is too warm can cause an increase in the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) between the ages of one month to one year of age.

Along with temperature, air circulation is also important so make sure that the bedroom door is left slightly open and if it gets too warm you can crack open a window to let some cool air circulate. Ceilings fans are also great to keep in the room as long as it’s not directly over the crib as this could wake your baby in the night due to a cold wind blowing in her. A fan has also been attributed to decreasing the risk of SIDS in babies as well.

What About Night Time Attire?

You should dress your baby based upon the current season and the temperature in the home. In the summer, a onesie with a pair of light pants or shorts should be sufficient. In the winter, a long sleeved onesie with fleece pants should keep your baby warm and cozy. Do not overdress your baby as this can cause sweating which can lead to your baby becoming fussy and uncomfortable.

Many parents prefer to keep blankets out of the crib so they opt to use baby sleep sacks for their babies at bed time. Sleep sacks are great because they take the risk away of having blankets that could be potential hazards and keep baby covered all night. If you’ve ever watched a baby sleep at night, you know they love to kick around. My own kids loved to kick their blanket off of them at night which caused them to wake up when they would get cold. Using a sleep sack is a great alternative to keep this from happening. We love the Halo Sleep Sacks in my house. I received one at my baby shower last year and my daughter loved them until she hit about 6 months old.

When it comes to baby sleep and temperature, you know what’s best for your baby. Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature for everyone and sleep attire that fits your baby’s needs will keep him or her sleeping soundly all night.

What works for your baby? What temperature do you keep your baby nursery at?

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7 Comments

  1. Melissa

    November 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm · Reply

    Our house can be somewhat drafty due its age, so Halo Sleep Sacks have become a staple for us. Thankfully they make them in sizes over 6 months! He loves being cuddled in one for his final bottle, and I have the piece of mind knowing he has a blanket, but it's not the smothering risk. We have a small box fan that runs quietly in his room, both for circulation and for white noise.

    1. Misty

      November 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm · Reply

      Oh I wish I could have kept my daughter in her sleep sack past 6 months. She fought me tooth and nail on it. Soon as she started pulling up to the railing, she wanted nothing to do with them anymore. They should make a version with 2 fitted holes at the bottom so only their feet poke out. :)

  2. Bonnie Gean

    November 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm · Reply

    My daughter was never happy when it was "too warm" in her room. She always slept without a blanket and had full body attire. Plus, I didn't want to run the risk of having blankets in her crib that she could get smothered by.

    1. Misty

      November 1, 2013 at 4:59 pm · Reply

      That was my fear as well Bonnie. Blankets over the head always worry me. My kids did it all the time and they were ok but you can never be too safe.

  3. Roy A Ackerman PhD EA @cerebrations.biz

    November 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm · Reply

    Did it ever occur to you that your baby kicks off his/her blanket because they are too warm? That's why toddlers do it, adolescents as well. (I presume the adults are able to communicate same- and change the temperature.) I would bet that 72 is far too warm, unless there is a fan circulating the air. Because the baby- in those wraps/blankets you desire- trap the humidity about the baby, as well. So, either run a fan at low speeds (an air velocity of 1 fps is perfect) or drop the temperature to 20 C (68 F).

    1. Misty

      November 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm · Reply

      Typically not. Babies under eight weeks have no control over their movements. The movement they make is completely reflex or involuntary in nature. Of course they also don't know mentally that a blanket is what's keeping them warm so they don't know to kick it off.

      As they get older, maybe by about 8 or 9 months, they could start distinguishing it as to the reason they are warm, but even that may be a bit early to say for sure. However, it's the job of the parent to make sure it doesn't happen if that's the case by making sure the room isn't to hot based on what the baby is wearing. Usually by that time, most babies are out of the sleep sacks anyway. I know with my own daughter, as soon as she could pull up, she wanted out of the sleep sack because they are hard to stand in.

      In my own house, we keep the temperature fairly close to 70 to keep the adults and children comfortable. The sleep sacks, I've never had an issue with humidity or moisture on the baby. They are well ventilated by design yet still keep the baby comfortable. The only moisture I've experienced has been in the diaper!

      For my daughter who is now almost 11 months old, she sticks mainly to a onesie and fleece pant pajama bottoms and her blanket in the crib. At her age, the blanket hazard isn't so prevalent anymore.

  4. babyninja

    April 9, 2016 at 5:33 am · Reply

    Great post!!! . I got a space heater, but I’m too paranoid to let it run while she’s asleep. So I run it before, then turn it off. I think it has helped. The spot where she sleeps was about 70 degrees.Thanks

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