Safe and Healthy Sleep

When can my baby regulate its own body temperature?

19 Oct, 2021

This is why your child cannot maintain their body temperature on their own yet

Your baby can’t regulate heat yet because their sweat glands are very weak and have yet to develop in the growth process. The insulating layer of fat provided by nature, the so-called baby fat, makes this process even more difficult. Rapid hypothermia can occur because your child has a large body surface area in relation to their body weight, through which heat can escape. The head is particularly badly affected. If your baby should kick itself free during sleep, its metabolism cannot react to this either, since it shuts down in deep sleep.

Between the ninth and twelfth months of life, all physical requirements are so well developed that your baby can adapt its body temperature to the external conditions.

You should keep this in mind until your baby can regulate their body temperature by themselves

Until the point in time at which your child can independently adjust its body temperature to the external conditions, it’s highly dependent on your support in order to feel comfortable in everyday life. You can for example make sure to create a comfortable room temperature for your little one. A comfortable room temperature is around 24 ° C during the day, as long as they are warmly dressed. You can reduce your baby's temperature and clothing in small steps over the course of the first few months.

When you put your child to sleep, you should ventilate the room well beforehand and reduce the temperature to 18-20 ° C. Make sure, however, that you wrap your darling up well. A baby sleeping bag is particularly suitable for this, as it cannot kick it away and therefore cannot cool down.

You should also make sure to keep your baby warm after bathing. The temperature difference is otherwise very extreme for his body, which weakens his immune system. A changing heater specially designed for babies can help keep you warm while changing and caring for your baby.

The right clothing also helps ensure that your child feels comfortable in different temperatures. At normal room temperatures you can put a bodysuit under their top and socks to their little feet. In general, it makes sense if you dress your baby in an onion look, i.e. put several thin layers on them. When it’s cold, these insulate better than a single jacket, for example, and when it’s warm,  layers can be removed quickly and easily. Your sweetheart should also always wear a hat outdoors. This prevents too much heat from being lost through the head.

If you follow these tips, you will help your baby to feel comfortable at any time of the day and also during the different seasons and to enjoy and explore them together with you.