As you prepare to welcome your little one, there are probably a million things running through your mind when it comes to “baby-proofing” your home. While we cannot cover every safety tip out there, there are some important steps you can take to keep your family comfortable and safe during this new stage of life.
Babies and Temperature
The most important thing to remember is that babies are unable to regulate their internal temperature as easily as adults can. If the room is kept too cold, babies will often become fussy and have trouble sleeping. If the room is too hot, it could lead to heat rash and even put your child at a higher risk of SIDS. The key is to keep the temperature “just right.” Professionals recommend keeping your baby’s room temperature at 68-72°F (20-22.2°C) year round. Invest in an indoor thermometer to track the temperature of your child’s room.
Make sure to watch for any signs of overheating, including sweating, heat rash, restlessness, flushed cheeks, and rapid breathing. To combat the risk of overheating and SIDS, avoid over- bundling, keep the crib bare, and have your baby sleep on their back.
Your HVAC System
It’s no surprise that your HVAC system is at the center of maintaining a safe and comfortable home environment. As you prepare to bring your baby home, here are a few steps you can take to ensure your unit is running at maximum efficiency.
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