Right now, in the UK we are in the middle of the winter months. In our coldest season we see freezing temperatures, icy conditions and sometimes (if we are lucky) snow. It can however then be tricky to keep our little one’s room temperature comfortable for optimum sleeping conditions.
The NHS recommend babies sleep in the same room as you until they are at least 6 months old and the ideal room temperature we are looking for is between 16-20°C. We are aiming for our babies to not be too hot and not be too cold. Unfortunately, the chance of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is higher in babies who to get too hot, which is why we monitor and ensure all the necessary safety checks are covered.
The best way to check the room temperature is to invest in a room thermometer that can tell you the exact room temperature.
Keeping the thermometer close to where your baby sleeps allows you to always have an accurate reading. Looking at your nursery set up can also help keep your little one safe. Always position the cot away from radiators to avoid overheating and away from windows to avoid any cold drafts. Some room thermometers like misty the smart cloud, pictured above can link to your phone and send you notifications. These notifications alert you to when your nursery is too hot or too cold and you can adjust your babies clothing accordingly.
With energy prices at an all-time high, you’ll be pleased to hear it isn’t necessary to keep the heating on all night if your baby’s sleepwear is correct. Please see our winter sleep guide below,
*Remember this is just a guide - please monitor your baby regularly to ensure they are not over heating.
Another way to make sure your little one is comfortable is as simple as touching their neck, back or tummy with the back of your hand. Your baby should feel warm to touch but not clammy, sweaty or hot. By dressing them in layers you can adjust this easily as per the guide above. Never be guided by your baby’s hands or feet as these are always colder than their core body temperature.
It is also important to remember not to put a hat on a baby when indoors so their bodies can regulate their temperature through their head.
The winter months can feel long but remember the warmer spring weather is on its way.
For more safe sleep advice visit www.lullabytrust.org.uk