Cold hands – should I be worried?
It is quite the misconception that baby’s cold hands always means cold baby.
When your baby is born their circulatory system is still developing, therefore blood is prioritised to the vital organs where it is needed most. It is very common for newborns, in particular under the age of 3 months, to have very chilly fingers and toes as these are usually the body parts the blood reaches last. With this in mind The Lullaby Trust advises to check your little ones tummy or back of their neck to better assess their temperature. A baby’s chest should feel warm and dry, not sweaty or cold. It is important to regularly check the temperatures of your little one, as the chance of SIDS is higher in babies who are too hot.
What is the ideal temperature for my nursery?
It can be difficult to judge the temperature of your nursery, so we recommend using a room thermometer like the Groegg2 to get an accurate reading. The Lullaby Trust and health professionals recommend your baby’s nursery to be between 16 and 20 degrees. If your nursery does tend to be a bit colder, adding additional clothing layers will usually suffice. You can refer to our what to wear guide as a good indicator to what your little one will be comfortable sleeping in depending on the tog of Grobag and reading on your Groegg2. Every child will feel and react to the cold differently, so it is important to use your parental discretion when putting your child to sleep, on how many layers you think is best.
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