What Temperature Should a Nursery Be?


As you enjoy the fruits of motherhood or parenthood, your priority should remain keeping your home safe. Without a doubt, bringing your baby home can be both stressful and joyful, especially when you have to create a comfortable and safe sleeping environment. Besides ensuring that your baby sleeps in a comfortable space, you should ensure that the room’s temperatures are comfortable. 

A cold nursery can make your baby extra fussy, bringing their temperatures low. On the other hand, an overheated nursery will increase the risks of sudden infant death syndrome. That said, what temperatures should an ideal nursery be? 

Ideal Temperatures for Baby Nursery 

Fortunately, there is a range of temperatures, thus you don’t have to keep your baby’s nursery at exact temperatures. Generally, pediatricians recommend temperatures ranging from 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit, or between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius. If you don’t have a thermostat in your infant’s nursery, you can use a portable indoor thermometer to track your nursery temperatures. 

Babies and toddlers might be comfortable with the same temperatures that adults prefer. However, they may need some additional layers depending on various conditions. Maintaining a safe and comfortable room temperature for your baby is vital as it reduces the risks of overheating and subsequent SIDS. However, most parents find it difficult to gauge whether their baby is comfortable, especially without a thermostat or indoor room thermometer. 

Adults often sleep in a cool and comfortable room. When the room is extra hot, resulting from high temperatures or sleeping under heavy blankets, you will probably sweat at night. Sweating is uncomfortable, and you will wake up. That said, if such conditions are uncomfortable for adults, imagine how the baby feels. As a rule of thumb, if the bedroom temperatures are comfortable for you, it is most likely comfortable for the baby. 

How to Keep the Right Nursery Temperatures 

Monitoring your thermostat is probably the best way to keep your baby’s nursery within the right limits. Reducing the temperature keeps the room cool and comfortable, which helps the baby sleep safer and better. Note that even if your home’s thermostat controls temperatures of your entire home, temperatures of individual rooms might be different. 

Several factors affect individual room temperatures. For instance, a bedroom with many windows may not be able to maintain the same temperatures with the rest of the house. Also, if there are issues with the ductwork in one of the rooms, heat and cool air might not flow sufficiently into the room. Poor insulation can also affect the temperature of specific rooms. 

That said, it is best to use an indoor thermometer to monitor the temperature of your baby’s room. You should also consider sleeping with your baby in the same room in the early months, but not on the same bed. Even then, to maintain appropriate room temperature, you might have to heat the house during winter and cool it during summer periods. 

Tips for Warm Weather 

Consider the following tips when dealing with warm seasons; 

  • Keep your home, specifically the nursery below 72 degrees always 
  • Avoid positioning your baby directly at the air stream, if you have an air conditioning 
  • Dress your baby lighter 
  • Open bedroom doors and windows if it is safe 
  • Refrain from aiming the fan directly at your baby

Tips for Cold Weather 

You should also ensure that your baby enjoys comfortable temperatures during cold seasons. Consider the following suggestions; 

  • Don’t dress your baby in a hat when indoors as the head is important in regulating body temperatures. Your baby will not cool down easily with a hat on. 
  • Dress your baby with an extra layer of clothes 
  • Keep blankets, comforters, and quilts out of your baby’s crib
  • Avoid placing a heater near your baby to avoid directly blowing heat on them

How to Dress Your Baby during the Day 

Like the baby’s room temperature, it doesn’t require much effort to achieve normal baby temperatures during the day. As a rule of thumb, dress your baby with one more layer regardless of the prevailing season. For instance, in typical home settings where in-house temperatures are set at 70 degrees, dressing your baby with one more cotton-clothing layer is enough. 

Note that you can use a fan to maintain the nursery temperatures at comfortable levels. In such situations, direct the fan upward towards the ceiling instead of directly directing it at your baby. 

How to Dress Your Baby for Bedtime 

When dressing your baby for bedtime, maintain the rule that simple is best and safest. As such, dress your baby in one base layer clothing. Skip the hats, socks, and any additional accessories that you would dress the baby with during the day. Besides, you should dress your baby with one layer more than what you are wearing in the same room. 

Apart from dressing, you should not use loose blankets in the nursery. Consider using wearable blankets or sleep sacks in your baby’s crib, especially during winter. To find the best sleepsack, consider the product’s thermal overall grade, which describes the number of blankets that the sleep sack is equivalent to. For instance, sleep stacks with TOG ratings less than 1.2 are best for spring and summer, while those with TOGs between 2 and 2.5 are best for winter and fall. 

Once you have laid your baby to sleep, check them frequently to ensure that they aren’t too hot or cold. Depending on your baby’s temperatures, you might have to adjust the baby’s clothing from time to time. You should also consider the type of bedding in the nursery crib. Prefer simple and lightweight bedding and avoid heavy items, such as quilts and duvets, until the infant graduates from the crib to a bed. 

The Bottom Line 

Ensuring that the temperatures of your nursery are comfortable is of utmost importance. To keep your baby safe while sleeping and allow a restful night, you should ensure that the nursery is cool and comfortable. If you don’t have a thermostat, use indoor thermometers to monitor room temperatures and avoid dressing your baby in heavy and hot pajamas.

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