Keeping the nursery on the cooler side at night is best for your baby.
While the exact number is debatable, keeping the room between 65 and 72 degrees at night is recommended. This will keep baby cool enough to sleep well without being cold.
You can dress them in a set of footed pajamas and use a light sleep sack if necessary. In general, babies only need one light layer more than adults to keep warm.
Keeping a baby too warm is dangerous because little ones cannot regulate their body temperatures by sweating like older children and adults, meaning they can get overheated easily.
And finally, never leave loose blankets in the crib because they increase the risk of suffocation.
Does this hold true for toddlers? I have an 18 month old who seems to sleep better if the temperature is around 73-74. Anything less and he wakes up with ice cold toes (even though he is wearing footie pajamas). Also, he now sleeps with a lovie & a small special blanket, is that ok? Thank you for your input!!
Suffocation is less of a risk as your child ages. I still recommend having as little as possible in the sleep space, but by 18-24 months many toddlers like having a small love and a small special blanket to cuddle. The perfect temperature really depends on the person but 73-74 is very reasonable.
This is a good article… my parents always say that it’s too cold at our place and try to bundle our daughter up, but I’m glad that 70 is a good temperature!
Thank goodness for this article. My fiancee and I are first time parents and this was one of our biggest questions when our son was born. We had no idea what temperature to keep where he slept. We soon just figured it out. But its good to know there’s info out there about it. There’s so many questions when you have a baby especially your first and you can’t possibly cover them all lol but this is a great article 🙂
Glad you found it helpful, Chelsea! We are always happy to answer questions at Bundoo. Just let us know what you have in mind!
You are welcome!