No, your baby isn't healthier with room temps of 80 degrees

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I wish pediatricians who are treating babies for sinus and ear issues would ask parents what temp they keep the house at.

Yeesh.

80 degrees the thermostat was set for and no one in the room. We could barely work in there.

 

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We don't typically have the extreme colds a lot of you have, but our health dept makes us keep it at 68 degrees or above when there are guests on the property. I had one inspector rake me over the coals because when she came to inspect, there were no guests in the main house and the temp was in the 50s. I had to argue with her that if there are no guests, they can't make me heat the place.

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We turned the whole house heater down to 60 and kept a energy efficient heater in the babies room. Worked just fine for all of us. 

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We didn't have heat in our bedrooms when we were kids.   A few minutes under the blankets and we were fine.   You don't get sick from being chilly.   Good socks and a sweater and a cup of soup should do it.

 

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TheBeachHouse wrote:

We didn't have heat in our bedrooms when we were kids.   A few minutes under the blankets and we were fine.   You don't get sick from being chilly.   Good socks and a sweater and a cup of soup should do it.

 

Same here, I can remember getting up in the morning and the curtains where frozen to the window.

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IF guests in house we go up to 68 or 69. Normal is 60 at night and 65 during the day. I never had temps above 72 when my son was a baby. He wore clothes, not just a diaper. I do not think the pioneers kept their houses at 80, they were probably lucky to keep the house at 40 in the winter.

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  the new thinking apparently is NO blankets, warm rooms ... worry over SIDS.  it's a scary thing but so many theories.

  we had a relative stay recently with a toddler and infant and i found the heat  too warm for comfortable sleeping.  the heat was cranked way up during the entire visit. they also brought a fancy humidifier and baby monitors galore. the temp outside was only 20 or so and we had to have an emergency heating oil delivery during her visit. 

  by the time my granddaughter is born, i suppose the recommendations will change again.  i'll follow whatever rules my daughter gives me ... but wow.  80 degree rooms! 

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Your post got me interested, did a search, mayo suggests infants be dressed in t shirt weight onesie with a footed pajama.  Room should be kept comfortable for an adult in a t shirt.  They warm about too warm, being linked to SIDS.  Wow, can't win!  I wonder how we lived to adulthood!

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Again, that's absurd. An adult in a t-shirt? Right now I'm wearing a long sleeve t and a fleece jacket. It's 68 in here. It would have to be 80 for me to be in a short sleeve t! I'd be broke after a winter!

Ok, so when I was a baby, my mother tells me, the common philosophy was to put the baby in a play pen, open the windows in the room and close the door. In the winter! Of course dress the baby appropriately, but let the kid get some cold air.

Now it's 80 degrees in the house, start the car and let it warm up and run the baby to the overheated car!

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We dial UP to 65 during the day at our home....I have fleece lined jeans, and lots of sweaters.  The only day we dialed up higher was when our dog came home from a major surgery...then I made her a coat!

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That's a tad too cold for me! 68 here. But it gets down to 58 at night on my side and the inn stays at that temp or lower until guests arrive.

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Reiterate that this is in our HOME.  DH also turns the hot air vent off in the bedroom because he likes it COLD in there.. Don't mind that too much because my hot flashes keep me warm!   Oddly, he has been known to plug in the electric blanket for the CATS!

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I realize that it's your personal space.  Just wondering on the efficiency of regulating heat that way, especially with the type of heating fuel that you have up there. 

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We have a small home downstate...not there in the winter!

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Interesting that you can keep it so cold and then the guests can crank it up to 68...or more.  Here in the South, if I turned the heat down that low it would take forever for the house to reach and sustain the 68F usual temp.  It's more efficient to maintain it at a constant temperature, than to go with the wide swings and we don't have the cold temps that you do.  Like I said, interesting.....

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Depends on the type of heat you have I think. We have forced air gas on the first floor and electric baseboard in the rooms upstairs. Have guests this morning (temp last night was around 18) and went from 60 to 69. Furnace has cycled about 4 times since 6:30 and it is now 9:40.

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And I walked outside today to get stuff from my car in a t-shirt. And I'll make bets it's colder here than there. Normal room temp is 20c to 21c.

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Oldest daughter does the 80 degree house (in Vermont!) And kids in t shirts and shorts all winter. They are constantly sick. Could be the kids and not the temp but who can afford to heat the house to 80 when it's 0 or lower outside?

My gripe.

Seriously, tho, who does this? What other sane people expect parents to go into debt to keep the house over 70 degrees at night?

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