Too hot or too cold?
Be sure your baby and her environment are the perfect temperature
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Keep your baby at a happy, even temperature and you’ll both feel more relaxed. Here are some of the ways that heat and cold can affect your baby’s world.

Hot and sweaty

As a rule when you are dressing your baby, put her in one more layer than you are wearing, with either a light blanket or a warm one depending on the temperature.

A baby’s temperature should be 37°. If she seems too warm, adjust her clothing or blankets by one layer. Feel her forehead with the back of your hand, and then also feel her neck, hands and feet.

If she stays hot and sweaty after a few minutes, take her temperature. If her temperature is above 39° call the doctor and keep her cool with lukewarm water on a cloth. Going below 37° is very rare, so call a doctor if that happens.

A cosy room

The ideal room temperature is between 20° and 23°. Place a wall thermometer in the baby’s room so you can make sure it’s not too hot or too cold. If it is very hot, cool the room down with open windows and a fan – but don’t let it blow directly on the baby.

In winter, heat the room slightly but don’t make the room stuffy or dry out the air.

Bathing in comfort

To check the bath water, which should be comfortably warm, use your elbow. Your hand and fingers won’t not give you a true reflection of the temperature.

If it feels hot on your skin it will be too hot for your baby, so add some more cold water. And if it feels too cold on your skin, she will cry throughout her bath, so add a little more hot.

Hot milk on tap

Breast milk is always at the perfect temperature, so you need never worry about that, but formula milk is as hot as you make it. Use cooled, boiled water to make up your baby’s bottle and then warm it up by standing the bottle in warm water.

To test that it is not too hot or too cold put a few drops on the inside of your wrist. It should feel comfortably warm. It is not a good idea to warm the bottle in the microwave as this could warm it unevenly and you may have some very hot patches that will scald your baby’s mouth.

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