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We are about to have our first baby, and our apartment gets very hot! We are planning on having our baby sleep in our bedroom where we have a portable airconditioner that we use at night. We have bought a 'cool air humidifier' as per a midwife's suggestion that we plan on using, however we wanted to know whether there is anything else we need to know to keep baby safe so it can breathe clearly. Recently I have noticed that my nose has become blocked at night from the cold air, and given how much smaller our baby's airway will be, we don't want to create a dangerous situation. Unfortunately, given how hot it gets in our bedroom, we need to have the airconditioner on - fans just don't work! Thanks! Jess

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Posted a response on 4/2/19

Red Nose

Hi Jess,

Red Nose does not recommend a specific room temperature for baby either by using heating or cooling.

It is important to place baby on their back for sleep, ensuring head & face remains uncovered.

Red Nose recommends the following:

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.

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.

There is strong evidence to show that tummy sleeping significantly increases the risk of SUDI, particularly when the head or face becomes covered. Likewise, there is good evidence to show that the risk also increases for babies who sleep on their backs if their head or face becomes covered. However, there is no evidence to show that extra thermal insulation increases the risk of SIDS in babies who sleep on their back with the head and face uncovered.  There is also no evidence to support maintaining a specific room temperature https://rednose.org.au/article/room-temperature

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