What should you keep your thermostat set at when you have a newborn?

I live in FL... I never have the ac on during the winter months. We have been having a cold front latley where it gets down to the 30-40's at night. My baby is due in 13 days and I want to know if I should turn my heat on in the house, after we bring him home. Its normally 75-80 in the house and with this cold front its been 70.


Asked by Anonymous at 11:34 AM on Jan. 17, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • 70 is fine. Hospitals I think are colder. Newborns tend to be swaddled anyways. You can also get a warm mist vaporizer for the room with the baby :) Our house is always around 68-70. It would be fine for a newborn, who would be in a sleeper or zipper blanket thing anyways lol.

    Answer by celticreverie at 11:52 AM on Jan. 17, 2009

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  • We have two heaters in our room since our room is separate from the rest of the house and isn't connected to the heat source. I keep it around 75-80 in here. My daughter (three weeks old) is usually in a onesie and socks during the day and a onesie with a long-sleeved bodysuit or sleep sack at night. She doesn't complain =]

    Answer by caitxrawks at 12:09 PM on Jan. 17, 2009

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  • each baby is different my daughter was one who was always hot and hated heat she would always cry and want just a diaper you will learn what is just right for your baby

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:33 PM on Jan. 17, 2009

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  • Just keep the temperature where you normally do. If she's cold, wrap her in a blanket. If she's warm, remove her shirt or something.


    Answer by TiccledBlue at 1:37 PM on Jan. 17, 2009

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  • I agree with pretty much all the advice so far. We keep my son's room at 71 year-round. He's like his Daddy and likes it cooler. At 71, I can just barely stand to read and rock him at night (and I didn't do any nursing in there after the first couple of weeks - too cold for BF'ing). I keep the rest of the house around 72 and my bedroom at 73 during the winter months (in Virginia it does get cold, icy and snowy) and 71 or 72 during the summer. BUT - in general the best advice is to start where you are comfortable and look for cues from your child on whether they are hot or cold and dress them accordingly.

    Answer by cat0325 at 5:09 PM on Jan. 17, 2009

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  • I'd say in the low 70s. We kept it about 72.

    Answer by musicpisces at 1:58 AM on Jan. 18, 2009

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  • 68 in my house is good not to cold not to hot even in winter n i have oil heat and a decent size house and not well insulated.

    Answer by joannabenjamin at 7:30 AM on Feb. 4, 2010

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