Maintaining a comfortable room temperature can also protect your baby. A room temperature of 16 – 20°C with light bedding is comfortable and safe. A thermometer can help you keep a room at a comfortable temperature, but every baby is different and you should still check your baby’s temperature. Do this by feeling if their chest or back of their neck is hot or sweaty. If they feel warm, remove one or more layers of bedding or bedclothes.
In the winter, it can be difficult to keep your baby’s room at between 16 – 20°C. Adding an extra layer can help, but remember to not cover your baby’s head when indoors as their head is important in maintaining their body temperature. If you choose to keep your heating on all night, make sure to keep it at a relatively low temperature (below 20°C). Remember, that despite the colder temperatures, you should still check your baby’s temperature directly.
If you struggle to heat your home, there is support for you. You may be eligible for the Warm Home Discount Scheme. There’s also the Green Homes Grant that can help to make your home more energy efficient.
In the summer or on holiday somewhere warm, it can also be harder to keep your baby’s room at a comfortable temperature. Keeping their bedding lighter can help, or if it is very warm, sleeping in just a nappy is fine. Opening a window or door if it is safe to do so can help keep the air moving, as can using a fan, just make sure not to point it directly at your baby. Remember to keep checking their chest or back of the neck to see if they are hot or sweaty.
If your baby is ill, they may need less layers than usual. This is because babies tend to be hotter than usual when fighting an illness. Just as normal you should periodically check their temperature by feeling their neck or chest to see if they are hot or sweaty. For more advice on looking after children and babies when unwell, why not try downloading our app: