While it may not be something you think about, regulating your child’s room temperature is actually very important, especially if you have a very young child. A room that is too hot, or too cold, can cause serious health problems for your child, Childrens Bed Shop discuss some different ways to help control your child’s bedroom temperature.
The optimum temperature
Experts recommend that you keep your baby’s room between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius. Invest in a room thermometer, which is a simple and effective way of keeping tabs on how warm the room is.
Adjusting the temperature according to the season
Obviously when you live in a country with four distinct seasons, where temperatures can vary quite widely, you have to make provision for temperatures outside. For example, during spring, you might want to open a window in the bedroom, but it’s best to wait until temperatures are acceptable for your child and you may also want to prevent pollen from entering the room.
During the winter, you might want to invest in a sleeping bag for babies (also known as a Gro-bag) to ensure your baby stays nice and cosy and warm, but check that the tog of the sleeping bag is neither too low, nor too high. A 2.5 tog rating should be ideal for most of the year, but if temperatures drop then you might want to invest in a 3.5 tog Gro-bag. These are a great alternative to sheets and blankets as Gro-bags cannot be kicked off by your baby during the night while they are sleeping.
It is also recommended, during the winter, not to have a radiator on in the room, or if you do, to have the radiator set to a very low level, unless it is really freezing. You really don’t want to run the risk of your child overheating during the night.
Also make sure that if you use a hot water bottle to warm a baby’s bed or cot, you remove it before putting the child in. Never ever use an electric blanket!
How to tell if your child is too cold or too hot
An easy way to tell is by using a thermometer to check your child’s temperature. There are thermometers available these days which can very quickly and easily read a child’s temperature, without needing to be held in an armpit or in the child’s mouth. However if you don’t have a thermometer handy you can also check your child’s temperature by touch.
Feel your child's chest or their ears and see how warm or cool they are. If they are sweating they are clearly too hot!
Finding the right mattress
Mattresses can play a huge part in the comfort of your sleep. A pocket sprung mattress is a great way to regulate your child’s temperature thanks to the space between the springs, which promotes airflow. This helps to regulate a child’s body temperature and to keep the mattress fresh. Over a lifetime you'll spend 227,468 hours tucked up in bed and sound asleep so ensuring you have the right mattress for a comfortable night is a priority.
Choosing the right clothes
Cotton is a great fabric for wearing at night. This all-natural fabric is lightweight and soft to the touch; it’s also breathable, allowing for air circulation, and doesn’t tend to irritate the skin. Buttons, snaps, and tags can become irritating for children so finding something that can be easily slipped on and off might be more comfortable.