After months of low temperatures and rain, the hot weather is finally here! And with comes sleepless nights and concerns that the high temperatures at night could have a negative effect on a child's health. It is very important that babies are kept cool in sweltering heat. Babies can't manage high temperatures so easily and can become very ill in hot weather so say bye bye to hot blankets and hello to cool fans!
Here we share our top ten tips to help you baby stay cool at night during the heatwave:
- Run them a cool bath before bedtime
- Keep your child's bedroom cool during the day by closing blinds or curtains. You can also use a fan to circulate the air in the room, but don't aim it directly on the baby.
- Keep nightwear and bedclothes to a minimum. Consider putting them in just a nappy with a single well-secured sheet that won't work loose and cover their face or get entangled during the night.
- Only use cotton bed sheets and avoid any waterproof mattress covering as this will hold heat and make your baby sweat.
- A nursery thermometer will help you monitor the temperature of your baby's room. Your baby will sleep most comfortably when their room is between 16C (61F) and 20C (68F).
- Use ice to cool down the room: Large bottles of frozen water, placed in the baby's room may help to cool the air as they melt overnight.
- Avoid dehydration: Like adults, babies and young children need to drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated. If you're breastfeeding your baby, you don't need to give them water as well as breast milk. However, they may want to breastfeed more than usual. If you're bottle feeding, as well as their usual milk feeds, you can give your baby cooled boiled water throughout the day. If your baby wakes at night, they'll probably want milk.
- Consider changing rooms: If your baby still sleeps in your room or their nursery is too hot, consider temporarily moving the baby to a cooler room.
- Use cotton nappies instead of disposable ones. Some mums find that babies can get uncomfortable when sweat collects around the synthetic waistband of a nappy.
- If your baby falls asleep in their pram, be aware that prams can soon become hot and airless. If your child falls asleep in their car seat, make sure they are protected from direct sunlight and never leave your baby unsupervised.