Summer is finally here! That means that it is finally time for watermelons, picnics and the beach! Of course, no beach season is complete without a few new adorable outfits and hats (need to be sun smart!) and selfies in the sun and sand. After a day of running (or rolling for bub) in the sand and sea there is nothing better than a good night’s sleep.
Unfortunately beach weather also means hot nights. This has brought about an entirely new set of challenges in our household – how to keep bub cool, keeping her comfortable, and allowing us a few extra hours of sleep.
As the weather got warmer, I wanted to make sure our baby’s sleeping environment was going to be cool enough through the summer months. After one or two warmer nights, I noticed that my baby was sweating a bit more than usual when sleeping, and wanted to make sure she was comfortable.
I did some reading on theRed Nose Safe Sleepwebsite aroundsafe baby sleep and some of the main points were:
- Choose the coolest room in the house for the baby to sleep in, keeping this room cool by closing the blinds to block direct sunlight
- Ensure air can flow freely in and around the cot and sleeping area
- Don’t use a pram for sleeping
- Do not point a fan directly at your baby, instead point it around the room to allow air flow.
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:
- Location! Location! Location!
Make sure your baby is in a cool room with good air flow. If using an air conditioner, set it to 24-26 degrees C, and try to keep your baby out of the direct air flow. If using a fan, face it so air circulates around the room, rather than directly onto the baby.
- Select abreathable mattress
Abreathable mattress with a breathablemattress protector will allow air to flow around and through the mattress so the baby doesn’t overheat. It allows any body heat to dissipate evenly, ensuring your baby remains cool throughout the night. Material really matters here, so we selected an organic cot mattress with an open weave.
- Make sure you are usingbreathable bedding
If you are going to use a blanket, swaddle or wrap choose one that is made from a lightweight, breathable material, especially with a cotton outer layer. This will help keep your baby cool during the night, and allow for easy cleaning.
- Dress for success
Dress your baby as you would yourself – comfortably warm, not too hot, not too cold. In warm weather, you can dress your baby in a sleeveless and legless onesie, or just a nappy and singlet.
- Less is more
When it comes what to put inside the cot, keep it to the basics. A mattress, fitted sheet, secured blanket, and - of course - baby. Keep the cot clear of clutter and other objects, helping the air flow evenly.
Armed with our top 5 tips, hopefully you can enjoy days full of fun at the beach, and nights full of restful sleep at home!