Protecting our babies is our number one instinct as parents.
We want to ensure that they are safe, healthy and not in harms way at any time. There are many things we can do to keep our little ones safe and there are many products on the market that can help with this.
One concern that many parents have with their little ones is worrying about them in the warmer months and the impact that it may have on them. Overheating can be a serious concern and it is one that should definitely not be overlooked. For more details on SIDS and how overheating is a risk factor refer to our "SIDS safe mattress - bursting the bubble" blog post
What is overheating?
Overheating is when the babies core temperature becomes warmer than it should be and it can cause serious concerns for your baby and can result in death if untreated.
Overheating can occur due to a number of reasons including there being too much bedding in the cot including blankets, baby wearing too many layers of clothing to bed and also the type of bed that your baby is using for their naps and overnight sleeps.
A baby can also overheat if the temperature of the room that they are in is too high and not able to regulate.
Should I be worried?
Babies can be at serious risk especially in the warmer months of the year.
babies can overheat if they are left in a position where they are unable to regulate their temperature due to the surroundings that they are in.
What can I do?
Overheating can be avoided in a number of ways.
It is important to ensure that the temperature of the room when your baby is sleeping is at a comfortable temperature that is not too high.
During the warmer months of the year this can be difficult during the day, a room thermometer is a good investment as it helps you to track the temperature and adjust it if needed by using a fan, opening a window or using an air conditioner.
When you are putting your baby to sleep even if the room seems like it is at a good temperature, make sure that you are not overdressing them and that they are still able to keep their temperature at a regular level. Many parents worry that their babies will get cold overnight and at times will add an extra layer or two in the way of clothes or blankets to make sure they don’t get cold overnight. This can cause concerns if the temperature of the room does not drop overnight and can cause your baby to overheat.
Blankets are not recommended to be used for young babies as they are a cot death risk and there is the concern that the baby will roll around and end up completely covered by the blankets. They can also add to the concern of overheating, so should be avoided with young babies.
Our Numu-roo mattress is another way that you can completely eliminate the risk of overheating .
The design of the breathable mattress gives a safer (safer for babies to sleep on their tummies - read more here), friendlier and more comfortable sleep for bub and a reassuring sleep for parents. (read blogger review here)
The way the mattress is designed is that it is a hollow mattress that helps to increase airflow throughout the underneath of your baby and in turn helps to reduce the risk of overheating. The increased airflow not only helps with regulating temperature but it also reduces the chance of dust mites hiding in the mattress and creates a cleaner environment for bub to be sleeping in.
Overheating is a serious concern for your baby. Being proactive is the first step to ensuring your babies safety and reducing the risk of overheating during the warmer months.
Make your babies safety your number one priority and look at your sleep arrangements for your baby and whether you can change anything to make it a safer environment.