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Baby Sleep Temperature: 6 Tips To Keep Your Baby Safe

Baby Sleep Temperature: 6 Tips To Keep Your Baby Safe

When it comes to your baby’s sleep, it’s all about keeping your little one safe and finding the best sleep temperature for your baby. 

Here at Little Yawn Collective, we help empower parents and find the best bedtime routine for your little bundle of joy.

Let’s explore the top six tips to keep your baby safe with the right sleep temperature. 

Why Is My Baby’s Sleep Temperature Important?

Sleep temperature is critical to your baby’s safety and for them to have a good night’s sleep. Babies may not sleep as well if the room is too hot or too cold. 

Keeping the baby’s room at the right sleep temperature will help them develop quality sleep habits that will lead to healthy growth and development. Bedtime can be challenging, but we pride ourselves on championing proven sleep solutions for kids so that parents can feel confident about bedtime every time.

Having a regular sleep regimen will naturally regulate your baby’s body clock and melatonin levels. A consistent bedtime will also reduce the number of night wakings and time spent awake for your little one and the parents. 

How Warm Should My Baby’s Room Be?

Finding the right room temperature for a baby is critical to your little one’s sleep. You don’t want your baby’s room to be too hot or too cold. 

In fact, many parents believe that infants need to be in an extra warm sleeping environment, where they are fully bundled all of the time. However, this is not the case and can actually be dangerous for your baby. 

The ideal temperature for your baby’s room should be between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Since babies are so small and are still growing, they can be very sensitive to the temperature of the room. 

How Can I Keep My Baby at a Safe Temperature?

Here at Little Yawn Collective, it’s our mission to help every child get the healthy sleep they deserve. 

Using a portable, indoor thermometer will help you to keep track of how warm or cool the bedroom is. 

In general, most babies and young toddlers will be comfortable at the same temperature that adults prefer. Also, be sure not to over bundle your little one, as this can cause them to get too warm. Just be sure to dress your baby the same way you dress yourself.

Let’s explore some essential tips and tricks on how to share a room with your baby.

1. Share a Room With Your Baby

Many parents enjoy sharing a room with their baby. 

However, sharing a room with your baby does not mean sharing the same sleeping space. In fact, you’ll want to make sure and give your baby their own area so that they can get in the habit of sleeping in their own space.

Here are some essential tips to keep in mind if you are sharing a room with your baby:

  • Keep the baby within your sight 
  • Use dark curtains to keep the bedroom dark for the baby to fall asleep easier
  • Avoid any bright lights
  • Use a firm sleep surface for your baby
  • Use a rug to help soften the sound of your footsteps in the room
  • Try to use pastel and neutral colors in the room to keep your baby free from distractions
  • Use a fan or sound machine to create a gentle noise for the baby to fall asleep to

These tips and tricks will help you to create the perfect sleeping environment for you and your baby.

2. Don’t Over-Bundle

Parents love to bundle up their beautiful babies at night or when going down for naps. However, make sure not to over bundle, as this can cause the baby to become overheated and can be dangerous.

A baby’s hands and feet are not the best measures for temperature. The general rule of thumb to remember is, add one more layer than mama. If the room is comfortable for you, it is comfortable for the baby.

3. Use a Fan (and Air Conditioning)

Using a fan and air conditioning will help your baby to sleep more comfortably.

Many experts say that a properly cooled and ventilated room is the best sleeping environment for babies. However, be sure the room does not get too cold by keeping your baby away from the direct blast of cold air and dressing your little one in light layers for a cozy night’s sleep.

4. Fill Your Crib Wisely

When setting up your baby’s crib, you must fill your crib wisely

Keeping your baby’s crib free from any plush toys, pillows, blankets, and bumper pads is important, as these items could potentially harm your baby while sleeping.

The only things that should go in your baby’s crib are:

  • A tight-fitted sheet that properly fits your baby’s sleep surface
  • An optional pacifier (with no pacifier attachments)
  • A sleeper onesie to keep your baby warm while sleeping
  • And most importantly, your baby!

Keeping your baby’s crib extra tidy and free from unnecessary items will help to ensure that your baby will have a safe night’s sleep. 

If your little one is experiencing sleep troubles, remember to keep their sleeping area free from disturbances and distractions and set up a sleep routine. Research reveals that sleep is a learned habit, and with the power of routine, it can become an effortless part of bedtime.

If your baby is over 12 months old, consider using our science-backed sleep help for kids. Fragrances can help a child’s brain to relax and for little ones to unwind. 

Our products contain our signature NaturalSnooze fragrance, which combines safe, melatonin-free sleep scents with scientifically proven efficacy. 

In collaboration with pediatricians, infant sleep experts, and fragrance technologists, we've blended aromas proven to create a wonderful sleep help option for kids. 

Our expertly crafted, vegan formulation is blended with biometrically validated ingredients that have been shown to reduce the time needed to fall asleep, and the time spent awake at night.

Try our Relaxing Pillow Spray to create a restful sleeping environment for your little one.

This gentle formula is infused with our Natural Snooze fragrance, with ingredients like French lavender, cold-pressed bergamot, and jasmine, working to create a soothing environment that helps your little one stay asleep. 

This product is suitable for babies 3 months and older, making it the perfect companion for your little one’s bedtime routine.

5. Always Put Your Baby on Their Back

When trying to find the best sleeping position for your baby, remember to always put your baby on their back. This goes for naps and sleeping both day and night.

Placing your baby on their back will ensure that they are as safe as possible when sleeping. 

Be sure to place them on their back as a part of their regular sleeping routine, and your little one will sleep comfy and safe.

6. Use Lightweight Bedding

For your baby’s bedding, less is best, and you should wait until they are at least a year old, but even better, 18 months old, to introduce bedding. 

Your baby’s bedding should only consist of a tight-fitted sheet for their sleeping surface. Make sure that the fitted sheet is not too tight, causing it to come off around the edges. Fitted sheets with elastic around the edges will help the sheet to stay on the mattress the whole night.

For the baby’s sleeping surface, choose a firm mattress. Firm mattresses are best for babies as they will give better support for the baby’s bones. 

Be sure to use lightweight bedding in their crib and keep the crib free from blankets, quilts, or any unnecessary items. Using light, breathable materials will help your baby to stay cool and to have a refreshing sleep. We recommend using soft cotton for your baby’s bedding. 

Also, remember to swaddle your baby to help them feel more secure. This helps the baby to feel like they are being held, and will help to keep them to have a restful night’s sleep.

How Can I Check My Baby’s Temperature?

When checking your baby’s temperature, the first thing to remember is to always use a digital thermometer. Other types of thermometers may be dangerous for your baby or may produce inaccurate results. A digital thermometer is the fastest and simplest way to find out your baby’s temperature. 

Now that we’ve learned what tool to use, read on to learn about the main places to check your baby’s temperature.

For the best results for babies and children under 3, use a rectal thermometer to take the baby’s temperature. This method has proven to be very accurate and will give a quick reading of the baby’s internal temperature. However, be very careful when attempting this method, as you do not want to accidentally poke a hole in the baby’s rectum or pass on germs from the baby’s stool.

A newer method with accurate results is taking a baby’s temperature on the forehead. This is called temporal artery thermometry, and it measures the temperature of the blood flowing through the temporal artery on the baby’s forehead. This method will cause less discomfort for the baby than the rectal thermometer and will be less stressful for the baby. 

The final way to take a baby’s temperature is via the armpit. This is called axillary measurement and may be used to see if your child has a fever. However, the previous methods are recommended as they will give a more accurate reading.

If your baby’s temperature reads 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, please immediately reach out to your child’s healthcare provider and seek medical attention.

When taking your child’s temperature, be sure to never leave them unattended. Also, make sure to never take your child’s temperature right after a bath or after they have been recently bundled, as this could affect the accurate reading. 

All in all, taking your baby’s temperature is a simple way to make sure your baby is happy and healthy and that they have an appropriate and safe internal body temperature.

Conclusion

We hope you have learned some helpful tips to help find the best sleep temperature for your baby, and most importantly, have learned several ways to keep your baby safe. 

Remember to follow these six tips and tricks to help your baby have a restful and safe night’s sleep. Sweet dreams!

 

Sources:

The Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil I Very Well Mind

Should You Swaddle Your Baby? I Harvard Health Publishing

Thermometer basics: Taking your child's temperature | Mayo Clinic 

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