Whether you’ve just had a baby, or your toddler is growing up quickly before your eyes, you’ll want to know all you can when it comes to making sure your little ones are in a safe environment. Here are a few practical tips for keeping your baby or toddler’s room at just the right temperature.
Infant Sleeping Conditions
Many medical experts asserts that your infant’s bedroom should be between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important that the room is comfortable and not too warm, as the heat can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Check to make sure that your infant isn’t flushed, breathing too quickly, or sweating during sleep to ensure that the level of heat in the bedroom is safe.
Toddler Sleeping Conditions
Pediatric sleep expert Judith Owens asserts that toddlers and older kids can sleep in a slightly cooler temperature; between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Owens also recommends that your child sleeps in a room that is as dark as possible.This prompts the body to release melatonin, also known as the sleep hormone. Of course, a small nightlight is okay for kids who are afraid of the dark.
It’s also a good idea to put your little one to sleep in an area that isn’t noisy, but may provide relaxing sounds like that of a fan or air conditioner buzzing. After your child has fallen asleep and you’re sure the bedroom isn’t too cold or too hot, it’s perfectly ok to maintain your average noise level around the house.
Check the thermostat closest to your baby or toddler’s bedroom often to make sure it stays at the right setting. If there have been changes in the weather or your little one has been sick, this can affect his/her body temperature, so adjust the level of heat or cool in the room if need be.