The UK is currently basking in some pretty unbelievable temperatures at the moment, which is certainly lovely for walking about in the open air. But at night time it can be very stifling and incredibly difficult to sleep – not just for adults, but for babies as well.
It’s important that you do all you can to keep your babies cool in the summer. If they’re too hot or too cold, your child will probably show signs of restlessness and you may find it harder to settle them because of the heat. Overheating can also be dangerous as it increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, so make sure you check that your infant doesn’t have a moist neck or head – which suggests that they’re sweating. Here are a few tips to help you keep your kids cool at night and ensure they get the rest they need during the summer months.
- During the day, open all the windows that are on the same floor as your baby’s room so that you can create a breeze and get lots of fresh air flowing through the house. Pull some curtains across the window in the nursery (but don’t close them completely), so the sun can’t bake the room but you still get the breeze coming in.
- Before bedtime, why don’t you run them a cool bath so they can splash about and cool down, ready for bed.
- Avoid putting your baby down with covers on the bed as they could easily overheat. Keep any bedclothes to a minimum – you could even put them to bed in just a nappy and a well secured sheet that won’t come loose and cover their face as they sleep.
- Invest in a good quality nursery thermometer. This will help you keep tabs on the temperature of the room, which should be between 16 degrees C and 20 degrees C.
- Keep them as hydrated as you can. If you’re breastfeeding, you might notice your child wants to feed more than usual – but you don’t need to give them water as well as the breast milk. If your baby is over six months old, try combinations like ice cubes or homemade ice lollies using fruit juice.
- If it’s really boiling and you’re worried, think about hanging wet towels over some chairs or in front of the window. Evaporating water will help the air in the room to cool down.
- You could consider bringing a fan into your nursery to help cool it down before bedtime. Just make sure that you don’t allow it to face them and that it’s not within their reach to avoid any accidents.
- If your child is ill, hydration is even more important. Extra drinks and frequent breastfeeding is essential. Frequent lukewarm baths can be helpful to cool your baby down, or you could use a cool flannel to sponge your child down with.