Making sure your baby’s room is a safe temperature is important, so investing in a baby room thermometer is often a good idea, allowing you to check the room temperature at a glance.
What temperature should my baby’s room be?
A safe sleeping temperature for your baby’s room is between 16 and 20 degrees. According to The Lullaby Trust, the chance of SIDS is higher in babies who get too hot, so keeping your baby’s room a comfortable temperature is important.
How can you check if your baby is too hot?
Obviously, every baby is different, and even if you’ve used a room thermometer, it’s important to check your baby regularly to ensure they are not too hot. This can be done by simply feeling your baby’s tummy, or the back of their neck, as their hands and feet will often be colder than the rest of their body. If your baby feels hot or sweaty, remove layers.
If you’re worried the temperature in the room is too hot, open a window before putting your baby down to sleep. If you’re using a fan to cool the room, ensure it is not aimed directly on your baby.
As time goes on you'll learn your baby well, so it will become easier to check their temperature and know what's normal.
What should I do in the winter to ensure my baby’s room is warm enough
Despite feeling cold in the winter, it is rare that you will need to keep your heating on all night, but if you do, ensure it is set to a low temperature no higher than 20°C. It’s often a better idea to add another layer to your baby. Remember, it’s important not to put a hat on your baby indoors as they maintain body temperature by releasing heat.
Another good way to keep an eye on room temperature is to have a baby monitor with a screen - this can also alert you of the room's temperature and for example, in the winter if you've got the heating cranked up too high, you know sooner rather than later when to turn it down.
What are the best baby room thermometers on the market?
From those that double as nightlights, to dual purpose thermometers that can also be used in the bath, investing in a baby room thermometer can tell you at a glance whether or not a room is safe to sleep in. We’ve hand-selected the best on the market here:
This clever little room thermometer shows you at a glance whether the temperature of your baby’s room is ok. It glows blue if the room is too cold, red if it’s too hot and stays yellow when the sleep environment is safe. Not only does it save you having to test your eyesight in the middle of the night, the glow acts as a gentle nightlight for your little one. The only downside we can find is that it needs to stay plugged in, so is not too transportable, but this is only a small price to pay for such a great product.
This cute thermometer from Philips Avent does two jobs in one – something we always love as mums! Use the cute blue or pink flower to check your baby’s bath temperature, then dry it off and use it in the nursery. It’s doesn’t take up too much space in the bathroom or the nursery and is really easy to transport between rooms. It also has handy temperature recommendations under the screen, allowing you to ensure both bedroom and bath temperature are safe.
Another great little dual-purpose baby thermometer, the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature thermometer can be used in the bath and bedroom. Stand out features include the LED warning light, which lets you know when the bath is getting too hot. It’s also got a really nice, clear, easy-to-read screen.
It might not look as cute as some of the other baby room thermometers in this category, but this is another handy dual-function thermometer. As well as measuring the room temperature, this also measures the humidity and dryness of your home. It’s wall mountable and has a one-touch control for the backlight, enabling you to see the room temperature at a glance in the middle of the night.
Not only does this teddy bear thermometer look adorable in your baby’s nursery, it can be used as a bath toy for your tot, to ensure the temperature of the bath water is safe. With a clear, large, LCD screen it’s easy to see the temperature at a glance. The built-in warning light flashes when the bath water is too hot and your little one definitely won’t mind having it to play with.
It might be more expensive than most of the others in this shortlist, but if you’ve got a sickly baby who often needs their temperature checking during the night, this three in one gadget is worth investing in. It’s an ear, forehead and room thermometer and can give easy and quick readings. With a backlight for nighttime and a freestanding case, this thermometer makes life much easier. Read more about the best baby thermometers on the market and how to use them here.
A large thermometer card display that allows you to see the temperature of your baby’s room at a glance. An affordable option with a cute animal design, fix this room thermometer on the wall near your baby’s cot to ensure their sleep environment is safe. The downsides are that unlike others in this category, this thermometer will not give you a precise temperature reading and it’s not transportable.
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