Baby Sleep Temperatures Explained
As a parent, you likely have a million things you’re thinking about. It has probably crossed your mind more than a few times (overthinkers unite) what the best temperature for your baby to sleep in is. Read on to learn what temperature is too hot for your baby and how low the temperature can get before it starts to bother them. Think of your baby as the Goldilocks of temperature thanks to their underdeveloped ability to regulate their core temperature.
What temperature is best for baby sleep?
The ideal temperature for a baby's sleep space is between 68℉ and 72℉ (or 20℃ to 22℃). That range prevents your little one from getting too hot or too cold and helps them get their best rest.
It's important to keep in mind that every baby is unique, so what works for one baby may not work for another. Factors such as your baby’s age, health and the clothing they’re wearing can also impact their comfort level. Dreamland’s weighted sleep products can help regulate body temperature to keep your baby safe and comfortable during sleep.
Do babies sleep better in cold or warm?
Babies tend to sleep better in a room that is just a touch on the cool side, vs being too warm. When a baby is too warm, they may become restless and have trouble settling down to sleep. Overheating also causes sweating, which could lead to dehydration. This can be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous for them. On the other hand, if your baby is too cold they likely won’t sleep well either. Without overthinking it too much, aim to keep your home in that sweet spot between 68℉ and 72℉. If you are still concerned about your baby being too hot or cold, it may be a good idea to monitor their temperature. Dressing your baby in breathable materials can also help regulate body temperature, Dreamland swaddles and blankets are lightweight and breathable making them ideal for year round use. We also make pajamas too! Our products are designed to keep babies safe and comfortable to promote a good night’s sleep.
What temperature is too cold for a baby?
Anything under 65 degrees might be too cold for your baby if they are not dressed appropriately. If you’re having difficulty keeping your baby’s environment in that sweet spot of 68℉ to 72℉, it should be okay plus or minus a few degrees as long as your baby is dressed accordingly. You can use a sleep sack or swaddle to help regulate their body temperature, and ensure they remain at an optimal temperature. Due to their limited ability to regulate their body temperatures, babies are more susceptible to becoming too cold. In severe cases, hypothermia can occur, which can be dangerous. Additionally, it's important to monitor your baby's body temperature and adjust their clothing or the room temperature as needed to ensure they are comfortable and safe.
Do babies wake up if they feel cold?
Unfortunately, winter brings more than just chilly toes; it also tends to disrupt sleep patterns, particularly in your baby, who may wake up earlier or more often on a cold night.
When your baby becomes too cold, it can definitely disrupt their sleep. In fact, even if your baby is warm, simply breathing in cold air can wake them up. Often this is the cause for early morning wake ups as the temperatures drop.
How do I know if a baby is too cold at night?
It can sometimes be difficult to determine if your baby is too cold, here are some signs to watch out for:
#1. Cool skin. If your baby's skin feels cool to the touch, it may be a sign that they are too cold. Keep in mind that smaller babies have weaker circulation, meaning their fingers and toes can feel cold even if they are at a comfortable temperature. Usually the warmth on the nape of your baby's neck is a reliable indicator of their temperature.
#2. Fussiness. If your baby seems fussy and restless but you’ve checked feeding and a diaper change off the list, check the temperature to ensure it’s at a comfortable level.
#3. Crying. If your baby is crying and can't be comforted, it may be a sign that they’re too cold.
#4. Lack of appetite. If your baby is not interested in feeding or has a reduced appetite, make sure that they are at a comfortable temperature.
#5. Changes in breathing. If your baby's breathing rate or pattern changes, it may be a sign that they are too cold. In this situation, monitor their temperature closely and contact your pediatrician if you’re concerned, as hypothermia can progress quickly in infants.
Is 74 degrees too hot for a baby room?
Generally speaking, 74℉ is considered too warm for a baby's sleep environment. Just as being too cold can cause your baby to get poor sleep, so can overheating. Additionally, there are some dangers associated with overheating in babies including the following.
We know this all sounds scary. Rest assured these are extreme scenarios and as long as you are monitoring your baby’s temperature and behavior, they should be just fine. Even if you have to bump the AC to keep it cool enough in the summer, the restful sleep that your baby (and you!) get will be worth it.
What should a baby wear to sleep at 72 degrees?
When your thermostat is set to 72℉, you can put your baby to sleep in something lightweight but cozy. A cotton bodysuit with 1.0 tog sleep sack or swaddle is ideal. You can use a short sleeve bodysuit or long sleeved one depending on your baby, but either should be comfortable.
When shopping for the perfect sleep sack or swaddle, look no further than Dreamland Baby. Our temperature regulating 100% cotton knit material is lightweight and breathable for year-round use. With a 1.0 TOG thickness, it’s perfect for both warm and cool climates.