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What is the Optimal Temperature for Toddlers’ Rooms?

As a parent, you want to ensure that your toddler is comfortable and safe while they sleep. One of the factors that can affect their sleep quality is the temperature of their room. The ideal temperature for a toddler’s room is essential for their health, comfort, and well-being. In this blog post, we will discuss the optimal temperature for toddlers’ rooms and provide tips on how to maintain a comfortable temperature – from a moms point of view!

What is the Ideal Temperature for Toddlers’ Rooms?

Based off my Googling and according to WebMD, the ideal temperature for a toddler’s room is between 68-72°F (20-22°C). This temperature range provides a comfortable environment for your child to sleep, play, and relax. It’s important to note that the optimal temperature may vary depending on the season and your child’s preferences. For example, my son will not sleep with a blanket. So, we keep his room at 73F degrees in the Winter so that he stays warm, plus we shut his door. We also make sure he’s in thick, warm pajamas.

1/7/2024 UPDATE: My son agreed to a very light weight blanket at nighttime! Because of that, we’ve adjusted the temperature to his room to 70F! And it works out perfectly.

During the colder months, you may need to increase the temperature slightly to keep your child warm and cozy. In the summer months, you may need to lower the temperature to keep your child cool and comfortable.

Why is the Optimal Temperature Important for Toddlers?

The optimal temperature is important for your toddler’s health and well-being. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Promotes good sleep: Maintaining a comfortable temperature can help your toddler fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Studies have shown that a cool and comfortable room can improve the quality of sleep. Who doesn’t want the extra time in the morning?!
  2. Prevents overheating: Overheating can cause discomfort and even lead to health problems such as dehydration and heat exhaustion. A comfortable temperature can help prevent overheating and promote good health. If you notice your kids asking for water throughout the night, more than normal, perhaps this could be a reason!
  3. Reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): SIDS is a serious concern for parents of young children. Research has shown that maintaining a comfortable temperature in the room can reduce the risk of SIDS.

Tips for Maintaining a Comfortable Temperature

  1. Use a thermostat: A thermostat can help you maintain a consistent temperature in your child’s room. Set the thermostat to the optimal temperature range and adjust it as needed. Usually your monitor will have a temperature reading, but from experience they are never right! I bought this little thermostat off Amazon that lives in my sons room, and I trust it more than the monitor. I don’t put it near the window, I put it near his door for a more accurate reading.
  2. Use a fan: A fan can help circulate the air in the room and keep your child cool during the warmer months. Be sure to keep the fan at a safe distance from your child’s bed. Also, make sure it doesn’t get the room too dry — we used a fan for awhile but it was causing nosebleeds!
  3. Dress your child appropriately: Dress your child in comfortable and breathable clothing appropriate for the temperature in their room. Use blankets and sleep sacks as needed.
  4. Check the temperature regularly: Use a thermometer to check the temperature in your child’s room regularly. This will help you adjust the temperature as needed to maintain a comfortable environment.
  5. Keep the room well-ventilated: Proper ventilation is important for maintaining a healthy environment. Open windows or use an air purifier to keep the air fresh and clean.


The optimal temperature for a toddler’s room is important for their health, comfort, and well-being. By following these tips, you can create a safe and comfortable environment for your child to sleep and play in.