It’s so vital to ensure your baby is at the right temperature when you put them in their crib. Overheating can cause SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), so you need to ensure they are not too hot. Research has found that the perfect temperature is between 16ºC and 20ºC. So you need to try and keep them at this temperature to keep them safe and well. Here are some ways to ensure your baby will stay at the right temperature.
Keep a thermometer in the room
It’s so important that you monitor your baby’s room temperature, and the easiest way to do this is by having a thermometer. It means you can instantly check what temperature the room is and can make a change if it’s too hot to help your little one cool down. You can get some thermometers for your baby’s room that will change color if it’s too hot or cold, so you will know quickly something is wrong. Handheld thermometers are also ideal, so you can check the baby yourself to get an accurate temperature.
Monitor the air con and heating
When it’s warm in the summer months, it’s essential that you try and keep your baby as cool as possible. You may want to open the windows in their room and get a fan to use when they are sleeping. It’s worth installing a cooling system such as air conditioning for the home which will ensure your baby stays at the right heat. Monitor this so that you can turn it off if it does get too cold and the air becomes too dry. Also, control your heating system, so that it can be adjusted as necessary when it gets too hot.
You need to put them in suitable attire
A lot of moms wrap up their baby warm in lots of clothing to ensure they are cozy. But it could be causing them to be the wrong temperature when you put them in their crib to sleep. You need to ensure they are in lightweight layers when you put them to bed, and then you can remove layers as necessary through the night. Remember to check their chest and inside the baby’s clothes to see if they are too hot. If they are sweating, you then know it’s time to remove a layer!
You need to keep their crib away from sunlight
The position of the crib is crucial for keeping your baby at the right temperature. If you place it where it will be in direct sunlight, your little one could end up overheating in the early morning. You need to ensure you move the crib so it is away from the light. It will also ensure they have a good night’s rest, as exposure to light makes our brain believe it’s time to be alert. Using blackout curtains or blinds can ensure light doesn’t get into the room in the early hours too.
Hopefully, these tips will keep your baby at the right temperature which will ensure they stay happy and healthy.