Hi Moms4mom folks,

My wife gave birth to our first child last night, a beautiful baby girl :-)

Previously we'd been on NCT ante natal classes where the advice was very much oriented towards not letting the baby get too warm - they recommended an ideal room temp. of 18C. However, on the maternity ward where we are currently, we are being encouraged to keep our baby very warm; at present she's wearing a vest, sleep suit, and has a towel and thin blanket wrapped round her, and the ward is very warm.

Is this conflicting advice because the latter advice applies more to newborn babies? At what stage should we start using fewer layers, blankets, etc?

Btw I'm painfully aware that an overly hot sleeping environment has been linked to SIDS but at the same time I don't want our baby to get too cold.

Thanks in advance.

asked 06 Mar '10, 19:11

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(07 Mar '10, 04:44) Neen

Thanks Neen! ...

(10 Mar '10, 16:02) Adamski

We asked this same question at one of our first pediatrician visits. The doctor reminded us that different cultures tend to keep their homes at different temperatures. We were told that letting a baby get too warm is more of a concern than letting her get too cold. The reasoning being that a warm baby is more at risk for SIDS. The advice she gave was that the baby's hands should be slightly cool, neither cold nor warm. For us, that meant keeping our house in the upper 60 and lower 70 degree Fahrenheit range, and keeping baby in one-piece pajamas with feet while in our house (even though she was born in August). We tried to keep the house comfortable for us, and adjusted her clothing as necessary to keep her comfortable also.


answered 07 Mar '10, 02:21

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just wanted to add: check the baby's neck to see if she is cold. The temperature on the hands varies too much. Our son also got the hiccups when he was cold (I'm told that this is common with newborns), so we used that as a measurement if we needed to put on an additional layer.

(07 Mar '10, 07:16) brandstaetter

+1 I agree about different cultures and different temperatures and one piece pajamas for new borns!

(07 Mar '10, 09:39) Emi

+1 for checking the back of their neck instead of hands or feet.

(08 Mar '10, 08:03) Neen

Thanks - Some great advice here.

(10 Mar '10, 16:00) Adamski

When my daughter was born, we were told to keep her environment around 22-23C, which we achieved using a radiator (she was born in late November). This is slightly higher than what you mentioned, but maybe the warmer climate in Israel is to blame for this...


answered 07 Mar '10, 06:01

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Yes perhaps it's a cultural thing. We were told 18C by one source and between 18-22C by someone else so I guess there's a fair amount of variation. Just glad to be out of the stifling hot maternity ward now.

(10 Mar '10, 16:01) Adamski
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