One of the hardest things about being a new parent is learning your baby's cues — since they’re unable to fend for themselves — so it's crucial parents learn signs of hunger, tiredness, sickness, temperature, and more. Some signs are harder to interpret, like signs your baby is too cold. These signs aren’t always as obvious as you'd think.
Babies don't have the ability to self-regulate their temperatures like adults, according to InfantCPR. Their bodies lose heat through unprotected surfaces, such as their head, hands, or feet — which is called "radiated heat," according to Mayo Clinic. Similarly, if babies don't have enough layers on or are in a very cold room, being too cold and, in rare cases, experiencing hypothermia are real threats. Even in warmer months, it's important to monitor your baby's temperature to make sure they're warm enough, especially indoors. In the colder months, you'll need to keep an eye on their temperature outside as well as indoors.
In fact, the optimal baby room temperature (regardless of how cold or hot it is outside) is between 65 and 70 degrees, according to the Baby Sleep Site. Obviously, appropriate pajamas, swaddles, and blankets (if your baby is old enough), can be used to help regulate their temperature as well. “Remember, the temperature on the thermostat in the hallway does not always match the temperature in the bedrooms, so make sure that the temperature of the bedroom matches the temperature it says on the thermostat,” Dr. Daniel Ganjian, a pediatrician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, tells Romper.
As overwhelming as it may sound to have to learn all of your baby's cues, soon they'll become second nature. And once you do, regulating your child's temperature will be simple.