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Is An Air Conditioner Safe For A Baby's Room?

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I absolutely love summer. The warm weather, the long days, the cool drinks. And when hanging outside gets to be a little too much, there's nothing better than cooling off in an air conditioned room — with a cool drink, of course. But if you have a baby, you already know that you have to be extra careful with just about everything. So, you've probably already wondered, is an air conditioner safe for a baby's room?

Because babies don't yet have the words to tell you when they're too hot or cold, it's up to you to look for the signs. According to Baby Center, a baby's body is not yet able to adjust to temperature changes in the same way as an adult, making it more important than ever to watch for signs that she is overheating. As Today's Parent pointed out, a quick check behind your baby's neck for moisture is a good way to determine whether or not your baby is too warm.

If you have a newborn, you should be especially vigilant about making sure his body temperature remains normal. As Health Pages mentioned, newborns burn calories they need for growth when they are trying to stay cool or warm.

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If you need to cool things down in your baby's room, an air conditioner is a viable option. Although it's generally safe to have an air conditioner in your nursery, there are a few things to consider to make sure your baby is safe before you lay him down in his crib to sleep. If there is an air conditioner in your baby's room, you should make sure she isn't sleeping near any of the vents, according to Cafe Mom. You should also make sure your baby's body is covered with footie pajamas or a lightweight sleep sack to make sure the air doesn't directly touch her skin.

As the temperature starts to rise, you can safely keep your baby cool and comfortable with an air conditioner in the nursery. And now that you have one less thing to worry about, you can focus on shopping for adorable baby beach wear and sun screen.