Comfort is incredibly important in a nursery, not just for little ones, but parents too. When it gets to the time of year when home heating needs to be turned on, some parents can get themselves in a tizzy not knowing what the best temperature for a nursery is, or how to keep the room at a satisfactory temperature.
If this is a situation you’ve found yourself in, or wish to avoid, here is some practical advice on maintaining appropriate temperatures in a nursery.
Knowing the ideal temperature
It helps to know out the gate that the ideal temperature is. You want a space where a child can rest comfortably and won’t have trouble when laid down for a quick nap at any time of day. 20°C/68-70°F is the ideal temperature for a nursery.
Knowing what to have at hand
Obviously, you can have some variation in a nursery depending on the linens you’re using.
When you have lighter blankets and bedding and know the baby will be sleeping uncovered most of the time, sitting on the upper end of 20°C is fine.
When you’re using heavier linens, or have thicker clothes because of the time of year, make sure the temperature is closer to 16/17°C.
Knowing how to adjust the temperature
A little bit of trial and error is needed to get the ideal temperature, and it should not involve windows and doors needing to be left open at the same time you have the home heating on.
It is best to make sure that you have thermostatic radiator valves in the nursery.
These are the valves that have a marker on numbers on the side.
When you purchase one, a corresponding table on the product box will show you the rough temperature each number has.
These numbers are an indicator of how hot the room (not the radiator) will be.
Many parents will instinctively turn their valves all the way to five as they think it’s going to give an optimal level of heat.
You may be surprised to know that turning a thermostatic valve up that high is a sign that someone wants their room to get around 35°C – a big no-no in a nursery.
If you already have these valves on radiators in your nursery, turn them down to around 2 or 3 and see if you can feel a difference as the room adjusts to hit that 20°C mark.
If you don’t have a thermostatic valve, I recommend visiting the Trade Radiators website here to see the different styles you can choose from.
Keeping a thermometer in the room
If you haven’t seen what nursery thermometers look like nowadays, you’ll be happy to know they aren’t like the old mercury ones we had growing up.
Digital baby room thermometers are cheap to buy online and come in a variety of styles.
I highly recommend taking a look at brands like The Gro Company, ThermoPro, Tommee Tippee, and BeGrit online, especially if you look on sites like Amazon where they are competitive with one another, and you’ll often see brands have deals on.
In the middle of getting a nursery ready?
Remodeling a room and making improvements for a nursery can be a daunting experience and something you don’t want to make a mistake with. If you’re in the middle of doing yours or about to start, have a quick look at the remodeling section of the site, where you’ll find helpful articles on all aspects of decoration.