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Hello, Baby is 1 week old, what is the correct room temperature for baby to sleep in bassinet in our room, and how many layers is recommend for baby to sleep during winter?

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Posted a response on 4/7/18

Red Nose

Red Nose has the following information about room temperature:

It is not necessary to monitor the room temperature or to leave the heating or cooling on all night, as long as the baby is dressed appropriately for the room temperature. Dress baby as you would dress yourself – comfortably warm, not hot or cold.


Red Nose recommends that rather than state how many bedclothes can be safely placed on a baby, parents can work out the amount of bedding to be used after considering these factors:

The room temperature where baby is sleeping.

How hot does the baby feel? A good way to check baby’s temperature is to feel baby’s back or tummy (don’t worry if baby’s hands and feet feel cool - this is normal).

Whether the baby has a cold or infection or another special need.

Consider how many layers that you as the baby’s carer are wearing comfortably.


A useful guide is to dress baby as you would dress yourself: to be comfortable, neither too hot nor too cold.

Keep baby’s head and face uncovered.

Always remove hats or bonnets or beanies from baby as soon as you come indoors.

Never use electric blankets, wheat bags or hot water bottles for babies.

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