Summer has arrived, bringing along watermelons, picnics, and beach outings. And what's a beach season without new adorable outfits and hats to stay sun smart? Of course, capturing selfies in the sun and sand is a must. After a day of fun on the beach, there's nothing better than a good night's sleep.
However, the warmer weather also presents challenges, particularly in keeping our little one cool, comfortable, and ensuring everyone gets enough sleep. As the temperature rose, I wanted to ensure that my baby's sleeping environment would remain cool throughout the summer months. After noticing some extra sweating during sleep, I decided to explore ways to enhance her comfort.
I turned to the Red Nose Safe Sleep website, which provided valuable insights on safe baby sleep. Here are some key points I found:
- Opt for the coolest room in the house for the baby to sleep in, and keep it cool by closing blinds to block direct sunlight.
- Ensure adequate air circulation in and around the cot or sleeping area.
- Avoid using a pram for sleeping.
- If using a fan, position it to promote overall air flow in the room rather than directly towards the baby.
We used these tips in our home and came up with a few extra’s to help you out too! Based on this information and some extra research I came up with my top 5 tips for keeping your baby cool at night:
1. Location! Location! Location!
- Ensure your baby sleeps in a cool room with good air flow.
- If using an air conditioner, set it to 24-26 degrees Celsius, avoiding direct air flow onto the baby.
- When using a fan, direct it around the room to circulate air without directly targeting your baby.
2. Select a Breathable Mattress
- Opt for a breathable mattress and use a breathable mattress protector to allow proper air circulation.
- This helps prevent overheating and allows body heat to dissipate evenly throughout the night.
- Look for organic cot mattresses with an open weave for optimal breathability.
3. Make Sure You Are Using Breathable Bedding
- Select lightweight and breathable blanket, swaddles, or wraps made from materials like cotton.
- This promotes air circulation and helps keep your baby cool during sleep.
- Choose bedding that is easy to clean for added convenience.
4. Dress For Success
- Dress your baby in comfortable clothing suitable for the weather, ensuring they are not too hot or too cold.
- In warmer weather, consider sleeveless and legless onesies or just a nappy and singlet.
5. Less Is More
- Keep the cot clutter-free and stick to the essentials - a mattress, fitted sheet, secured blanket, and, of course, the baby.
- Avoid placing unnecessary objects or clutter in the cot, as it hampers air flow.
By following these top 5 tips, I hope you and your baby can enjoy sunny beach days and restful nights at home, free from overheating and discomfort.