At PreciousLittleOne, we know that when it comes to being a mum, it’s completely normal to have lots of questions about pregnancy and bringing up your baby. In our monthly Mums’ Q&A blog posts, we help to answer the most frequently asked baby and pregnancy questions, offering plenty of advice and tips that can help to put your mind at rest.
In our latest blog, we explore what the safest temperature for your baby’s nursery should be, offer tips on how to survive the last month of pregnancy, and also suggest ways to keep your baby safe in the sun. So why not sit down with a cuppa and find the answers that you’ve been looking for?
1. What is the safest temperature for my baby’s nursery?
In order to ensure that your baby can sleep soundly and also avoid the risk of cot death, it’s really important to get the temperature of their nursery exactly right.
The optimum temperature for your baby’s nursery should be between 16 and 20°C. You should also use a thermometer to regularly monitor the temperature of the nursery to make sure it isn’t too hot or too cold. A great option for a thermometer is the Grobag Egg Thermometer, which combines a nightlight and a simple to use thermometer that changes colour, depending on the temperature.
Another key point to keep in mind is how much bedding to use, depending on the temperature. As a guide, the general rule of thumb when it comes to bedding is a vest, bodysuit, plus one sheet (for temperatures of 24°C) and one thin blanket (21°C), two thin blankets (18°C) or three thin blankets (15°C). Also, it’s important to note that a blanket that has been doubled over counts as two layers.
Some other ways that you can help to keep your baby cool on warm days is to close the curtains and blinds in the nursery, whilst keeping the window open in order to let cool air circulate. In addition, you might also consider placing an electric fan in the room, but make sure it’s not directed at the cot.
Please note that this is a guide only, and that room temperature and baby should be monitored regularly to ensure they are not too hot or too cold.
2. How to survive the last month of pregnancy?
After carrying a baby in your tummy for almost nine months, it’s not surprising that some expectant mums find the last month of pregnancy hard. It’s likely that as well as feeling uncomfortable, you probably can’t wait to meet your new arrival and may also feel quite impatient too.
Here are five top tips for making the last few weeks before your baby is born a bit easier:
1. Try and get as much sleep as possible – and if you find sleeping difficult because of feeling uncomfortable, the Cuddles Collection 12ft Body & Baby Support Pillow.
2. Stock up the freezer with meals that you can easily defrost and reheat when your baby is born – we’re sure you’ll be glad of having some options to hand, rather than having to worry about cooking something from scratch!
3. Keep yourself occupied – when your due date is approaching, it can be hard not to just sit and wait. However, it’s important to keep yourself occupied to avoid feeling restless. Cleaning and catching up with friends are great options to consider, as well as finishing your nursery.
4. …but ensure you have time to relax and take it easy – put your feet up as often as you can, especially if your feet are swollen and your back is aching.
5. Book in some pamper time – when you’re feeling uncomfortable, what better way to give yourself a pick-me-up than having your nails done or a pregnancy massage?
3. How to keep my baby safe in the sun?
Now that summer is just around the corner, you might be starting to wonder how you should keep your baby safe in the sun.
The NHS recommends that babies under the age of 6 months should be kept out of direct strong sunlight, and that in the UK, all other children should have their skin protected with sunscreen (with sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher, loose cotton clothes and a floppy hat from March to October. It is also important to remember that the risk of babies and children skin developing skin cancer later in life may be increased if they are exposed to too much sun.
If you want to make the most of the sunny weather with your baby but ensure they stay safe at the same time, a great product to consider is the Babymoov Anti UV Tent which offers 99% protection from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
We hope that our latest blog has helped to answer your questions and put your mind at rest. Remember, you can find anything you need for your little one in the PreciousLittleOne shop – why not have a browse?