As babies grow older, they’re more capable of regulating their own body temperature, meaning they can withstand slightly more extreme variants in their environment. However, for newborns especially, it’s essential that you keep your home at the right temp. Just a few degrees too cold or too hot could spell poor sleep or even illness for an infant. So, follow these tips to promote good sleep and good health for your baby.
Dress Them for the Weather
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When it’s cold outside, we all bundle up. Likewise, when the weather starts to turn hot, we tend to wear light, breathable layers. That’s because a home’s internal environment is almost always impacted by the weather outside, so you should be dressing your baby accordingly.
Once your baby is dressed for the weather, be mindful of the thickness of any blankets or covering you put on them as it could make them too warm. Always opt for natural, breathable material when possible as it will help better regulate their temperature.
Watch the Thermostat
If your baby is all bundled up in their winter best, you can obviously keep the house a little bit cooler. This is often necessary, especially for older homes where the HVAC system may not be able to run at full capacity all year-round. Of course, you will have to consider your baby’s layers and keep check on their temperature so they don’t get too warm or too cold.
Generally, the best and easiest way to regulate their temperature is to have a well-maintained HVAC unit. That way, you can keep the entire house at the ideal temp. This allows you to guarantee comfort for your baby without having to guess about how many layers they need or regularly adjust their outfit.
You should be able to set a temperature on your thermostat and trust that it will be accurate and consistent. Moreover, the system should be updated and efficient to ensure that you’re able to keep tabs on your electricity bill. Make sure your unit has undergone proper installation and kept up with repair and service inspections. Otherwise, it may not function as efficiently as it should.
Consider Other Factors
Aside from temperature, you also need to think about humidity levels when determining what’s comfortable. Ideally, your baby will have a humidity-free environment. And, even if their clothes are enough to keep them comfortable, you always need proper ventilation throughout the home so that everyone is breathing fresh, filtered air that’s free of germs, allergens, or pollutants.
Ensuring regular maintenance checkups for your HVAC system along with precautions, like installing carbon monoxide alarms, should be at the top of your priority list. Keep filters clean and consistently check the digital thermostat to make sure everyone is happy and comfy at home.
Keeping an ideal temperature is, by far, one of the best things you can do to support the comfort, sleep patterns, and overall health of your baby. By following these tips, you will be able to give your baby an environment that’s secure, supportive, and conducive to their happy growth.