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23/6/19

Kat

I am at a loss for how to manage my baby’s temperature overnight. I have checked several times and several nights and he is always around 35.6 degrees. Which is LOW?! How do I dress him overnight? I always have the heater on 20 degrees. Is it too much to have him in a singlet/long sleeve body suit/ onesie and a 3.5 tog? Also does a 2.5 tog and a 1 fog equal a 3.5 tog?

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Posted a response on 8/7/19

Red Nose Australia

Dear Katie,

Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question “ I am at a loss for how to manage my baby’s temperature overnight. I have checked several times and several nights and he is always around 35.6 degrees. Which is LOW?! How do I dress him overnight? I always have the heater on 20 degrees. Is it too much to have him in a singlet/long sleeve body suit/ onesie and a 3.5 tog? Also does a 2.5 tog and a 1 fog equal a 3.5 tog? “

Babies control their temperature predominantly through the face and head. Sleeping baby on the back with the head and face uncovered is the best way to protect baby from overheating.
For healthy and well babies Red Nose recommends that 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.
We recommend that you dress baby as you would dress yourself – comfortably warm, not hot or cold.

If choosing to use a safe baby sleeping bag it is important to choose the correct size for your baby. The sleeping bag should have a fitted neck, armholes (or sleeves) and no hood. What we are trying to avoid is baby slipping inside the bag and their mouth/nose becoming covered.

Lots of sleeping bags will have “togs” which are suggested to help advise parents about the warmth of the bag. At Red Nose we recommend that when using a sleeping bag parents use their own judgement about the warmth of their home, their babies room, ensure that baby is dressed according to the room temperature. In cool climates, dress baby in layers of clothing within the sleeping bag. If additional warmth is needed, use a single, lightweight blanket over the sleeping bag, ensuring baby’s feet are at the end of the mattress and the blanket can only reach as far as baby’s chest and is tucked in firmly so it cannot ride up and cover baby’s head during sleep.

For more information about room temperature please see:
https://rednose.org.au/article/room-temperature
and
https://rednose.org.au/article/protecting-baby-from-overheating-during-sleep

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