The temperature for your house, whether or not you have an air conditioner, and the climate where you live all factor into your baby’s sleep comfort.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a sleeping temperature between 68-72 degrees for safety. Jennie Clarke, a certified sleep consultant from Good Night Sleep Site, shared with us, “if your home is on the warmer side of that range, you do want your baby sleeping in less or more lightweight clothing. You can choose breathable summer fabrics, like cotton or cotton muslin. Avoid synthetic materials because they can trap heat.”
Clarke also recommends closing the blackout curtains earlier in the day to keep some of the heat out of the room and consider circulating the air with a fan.
If you’re still worried, the best way to check your baby’s sleeping temperature is to feel the back of their neck when they are sleeping. Do not go by their fingers or toes, as recommended by Good Night Sleep Site’s consultants, because babies circulatory systems focus is mainly on keeping their chest cavity warm when asleep.
We’ve rounded up a number of sweet and summery options, whether your baby or toddler is sleeping in a room without AC – where you may opt for a short-sleeved onesie and a light-weight sleep sack – or breathable cotton or soft bamboo sleeper pajamas.
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