July 02, 2015

How to keep your baby cool at night time during the heatwave

As the weather gets hotter, your baby will too. So we have put together some useful tips on how to keep your baby cool during the heatwave so you can all (hopefully) get a good nights sleep!  

  • Dress your baby appropriately for the room temperature. If the room is very hot, for example over 25 degrees for most of the night, just a nappy and thin cotton vest may suffice. If the room is between 20-23 degrees a short baby grow with a Baroo coverlet will be perfect to keep your baby cool. If your baby is too young for any kind of bedding and it is too hot for a coverlet, simply dress them in suitable clothing for the room temperature so that no covering is required. Or if your baby is over 12 months then a Baroo 4.5 tog cotbed duvet will keep them cool and content.
  • During the day, open all windows on the same floor to create a blow-through and pull curtain two thirds of the way across to block out hot sun but still allow the breeze through.
  • Open your loft hatch if you have one to allow heat to escape up through the roof.
  • Use only cotton bed sheets and avoid any waterproof mattress covering as this will hold heat and make your baby sweat.
  • A luke-warm bath or slightly cooler bath than usual might help to refresh your baby before bedtime and relieve any clamminess. Make it a quick bath so that she doesn’t get too chilly.
  • Get a room thermometer so that you know what temperature you are dealing with. This will take away the guesswork and give you peace of mind that you have dressed your baby suitably.
  • Large bottles of frozen water (1litre plus), placed in the baby’s room may help to cool the air as they melt overnight.
  • Electric fans will often just blow the warm air around but place a large bowl of ice or some frozen water bottles in front of the fan to cool the air that circulates the room.
  • A calm baby will remain cooler than a frustrated baby so try to maintain a calming bedtime routine and offer reassurance and comfort if he is agitated. A cool flannel or cold compress dabbed gently on your baby may help to cool and calm them.
  • Your baby may need to drink more than usual. Cold water is great so for young babies it is worth cooling some boiled water and refrigerating it for nighttime use. Breastfed babies will stay hydrated on breastmilk.
  • If you cannot keep your baby cool in their own room, consider moving to a cooler room in the house temporarily.
  • Remember, no matter how hot it is at bedtime, the temperature will drop in the night so don’t put your baby in the cot in just a nappy if it will drop below 25 degrees in the night. You might like to check before you go to bed to see how the temperature is and place a coverlet over them if needed.
  • Hands and feet do get colder than the rest of the body so it is natural for these to feel a little colder to the touch. If you are unsure about your baby’s temperature, feel the back of the neck or use a thermometer.
  • Babies will be comfortable dressed for temperatures as you would dress yourself. So ask yourself how hot it feels and what you would be comfortable in when you are considering how to dress you baby. Just remember, you can pull the covers over you but she cannot, so imagine you are going to bed without any bed covers.

Risks of Overheating:

Your baby is likely to become restless if feeling too hot or too cold so  may let you know. Your baby may be more difficult to settle to sleep than usual or wake more frequently due to the discomfort of the temperature.

Newborns are at risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) if they overheat so check your newborn does not have a moist head or neck which are signs of sweating. If the face is redder than usual or he has a rash or you notice rapid breathing, these could be signs of overheating.

Source: Northern Family Magazine  

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