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Helping babies sleep in hot weather

Updated: Sep 27, 2019

#Repost@sleeping_bunnies_baby_coach ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ☀️ A few tips on getting good sleep in the heat! ⁣☀️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Hard enough for us, let alone for babies and toddlers when the mercury starts to rise! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🌤 If it’s really hot during the day, particularly if the room your child is in is south facing and/ or at the top of the house, make sure it’s aired out as much as possible during non-sleep hours. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🌤 For daytime and night sleep I often see babies without a sleeping bag in favour of a vest. It’s actually much better to have them in just a nappy and a 0.2 tog cotton bag as this will keep them cooler whilst still feeling comforted. Even in that hideous heat wave last year you probably would have found yourself reaching for the sheet at some point in the night despite the temperature as we all have an intrinsic need for comfort and security whilst sleeping which what the sleeping bag provides for them. Our core body temperature will also drop during the night. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🌤 If you have a fan on at nap times and through the night make sure it’s on oscillation mode and not focusing directly on baby whilst they sleep. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🌤 If you have built-in air conditioning or a portable unit then cool the room for 20-30 minutes with the door closed prior putting baby to bed. Make sure baby isn’t sleeping with air conditioning on constantly, it will get too cold for them whilst lying still. Our core body temperature drops during night time hours so you would find they would most probably wake. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🌤 Lastly, only a luke warm bath when it’s hot outside to really help along the super hormone effect that cooling the core body temperature down has on sleep. ⁣If it’s a really hot and sticky day and you can afford to give them a quick splash in the bath before nap it will work wonders! Alternatively- a paddling pool will have exactly the same effect ⁣ 🌤 Lastly, and needless to say- WATER! Cool water, offer often. Make sure their nappies are still filling up. Breastfed babies who haven’t started weaning yet will get their hydration through your breast milk and you may notice they feed more often.

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