Do you know what temperature you should set the air-conditioner in your baby's room to? Find out below.
When you ask about the ideal temperature for your baby's room, people will say: "Not too cold and not too hot. You want the temperature just right." But, what is just right?
The general recommendations is to set your air conditioner between 23 and 25C for us here in Singapore. This allows you to dress in comfortable cotton pajamas and use a light blanket or duvet.
By keeping the room at an ideal temperature of around 24C, your body isn’t fighting to stay cool but it’s not trying to warm up, either. It is the environmentally friendly temperature that will suit most children over the age of 2 years.
If you have a newborn or a very young infant who is dressed in a footed sleepsuit, swaddled or in a sleeping bag, please adjust the temperature down to 18-20C. Please check regularly to ensure that your child is not sweating or too cold and adjust the temperature accordingly.
A midwife trick to check if your young baby is too hot or too cold, is to put your hand on the base of their neck where it meets their spine. If they are either too hot or too cold, you will feel it there.
The secret to comfort is to keep the room well ventilated and the air fresh and circulated. So if you don't sleep with an air conditioner, dress baby lightly, turn the fan on and keep the windows open. If mosquitoes are a concern, attach a mesh screen to the window to keep the mozzies at bay.
Please note that neither 18-20C nor 23-25C is the ideal temperature if you are in a cool climate and are heating a room. A room heated to this temperature is NOT safe for a baby and increases the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). The recommendation during winter is to usually heat to no more than 14-16C in a baby's bedroom.
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