Babies and Air Conditioning: Everything You Need to Know

Air conditioning can help to make your home and baby's nursery more comfortable, but it can also create discomfort in certain cases. To conserve energy and stay healthy, babies need to be not too hot but not too cold. This can be challenging, but to help ensure your baby is cool, comfortable and safe, check out these tips:

1. Monitor the temps in your baby's room

If you have central air conditioning, the thermostat is typically located in a central area such as in your lounge. However, due to a range of factors including how drafty the windows are in different rooms, the rooms in your home may reach different temps than what you have specified on your thermostat.

So that you can keep an eye on the temps in your baby's nursery in particular, put a thermometer in there. Then, adjust your main thermostat accordingly.

For example, if you have the main thermostat set on 21 degrees, your air conditioner will start every time the temperature in that room goes above 21 degrees. However, if your baby's nursery is 2 degrees warmer, it won't get the benefit of cooling until it is nearly 23 degrees. In cases like that, you may want to adjust your main thermostat to 19 degrees so it starts cooling when the nursery is 21 degrees.

2. Direct vents away from your baby

Ideally, you should not position your baby right under the cooling vents, or he or she may get uncomfortably cold regardless of your efforts to keep the temps at a comfortable level. Direct the vents away so they blow in another direction, or move your baby's cot.

3. Do not use bulky blankets

To help your baby avoid the chilly air of the air conditioner, dress him or her in a lightweight hat or a lightweight full body sleeper. Do not use bulky blankets and pillows as those could create a suffocation hazard.

4. Use moisturisers

Artificial cooling can make your skin dry out. To help protect your baby's skin, use moisturisers, and plan to use more of it during the summer or other times when you have to artificially cool your baby's room.

5. Avoid quick changes in temperature

Babies cannot deal with rapid changes in temperature as effectively as adults can. As a result, taking your baby from a cool nursery into the hot sun can wreak havoc on their systems. Protect your baby by moving him or her slowly from cool areas to warm areas. You can do this by standing near the open door for a few moments before going all the way outside.

To learn more, try contacting an air conditioning service for more help.