What Is the Right Temperature for a Baby?

By Jessica Bivins, September 7, 2017, Family

Everyone sleeps easier when baby is comfortable and happy. For these little ones, a comfortable temperature also keeps them safe. Their tiny bodies can’t regulate temperature as well as we adults can, which means when babies get hot, they don’t sweat like we do, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Furthermore, newborns produce less heat than adults do.

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Because babies aren’t able to grab a blanket or tell us when they’re too hot, it’s especially important to keep a close eye on whether baby is too hot or too cold. Throw one of those hot Texas days into the mix, and it can be concerning. To make sure baby stays safe and comfortable, review these tips.

Too hot or too cold? 

Babies love being swaddled. But you may wonder if that’s making things too hot under the snug fit of the blanket. The easiest way to tell if they’re too hot is simply by touching their skin, according to the National Institutes of Health. Check the head, ears and hands, and also feel their torso. If they feel too hot (or too cold) to the touch, it’s time to remove (or add) layers.

If your newborn seems chilly, try skin-to-skin contact and place baby on your chest with a light blanket. They’ll readily absorb your warmth.

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Going outside

According to the FDA, you should never put sunscreen on a baby younger than five months old. Instead, opt for a layer of lightweight cotton that covers their arms and legs, along with a wide-brimmed baby sun hat. Stay in the shade, and offer the baby breast milk or a bottle of formula to maintain hydration.

Going places

Never leave a baby in a car, even if you plan to be away for a short time. A vehicle’s interior temperature can rise to a dangerous level in a short time, putting baby at risk of heat stroke. Create a system to help you remember your quiet passenger; for example, when you get behind the wheel, put your left shoe in the back seat.

Bedtime

Even the great state of Texas sees its share of chilly nights. But don’t go overboard. When babies are bundled in too many layers, they’re at greater risk of overheating, increasing the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), according to the NIH. Adjust your thermostat as needed to keep the room comfortable, and turn on the ceiling fan to circulate the air.

Having a newborn is a joy, and with the above tips, you can keep baby safe, snug and content.

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