The best way to check on your baby’s temperature is by putting your hand on the skin on their chest or the back of their neck. Don’t use their hands or feet as a guide as they will always feel cooler than the rest of their body.
If your baby is too hot you will feel the skin is hot, slightly clammy or sweaty, and you will need to remove some layers.
You may read different advice for the ideal temperature for your baby’s room, but in Wallsend the advice given by health visitors is between 16 – 20°C
If the room is difficult to cool follow the summer rules and use lighter bedding and clothing, leave the door open or even a window, if it is safe to do so.
In winter it can be tempting to leave your heating on all night, but this is rarely necessary. If you do choose to do this make sure it is no higher than 18°C, maybe turn it down so that is on low all night. However usually this isn’t necessary and an extra layer of clothing is all that your baby will need.
Night and Day
At first babies don’t know what is night and what is day. It is a good idea to teach them this from the beginning.
During the day open the curtains, get your baby washed and change their clothes out of their pyjamas, play with them and don’t worry about noise, it is a sign that it is time to be active. If your baby falls asleep in his/her pram, it is best to have layers on that can be removed. Especially if you are going to be inside shops where the temperature will be higher than outside.
At night time, you need to set the scene to signal it is time to wind down and sleep. Do this by turning off the TV, close the curtains and have a low light on. A bath and fresh pyjamas are also a sign that your baby is entering a different time, a quiet voice and maybe a story but not a game is a good routing to get them into. By doing this from the start it becomes a natural routine for your baby as they grow into toddlers and children.
It is much harder to change bad habits so try not to get into them from the start.