We all love summer and have our fingers crossed for a long warm British summer every year. But when the temperature rises your little one might struggle to get comfortable, especially at night. Babies naturally prefer a cooler environment for sleep. The ideal room temperature for a baby is between 16-20°c. So when it warms up for the summer months, it is no surprise that your little one may be struggling to sleep. You may need to take extra steps and precautions to try to make their sleeping environment a little more comfortable for them.
Safe sleep is a very important topic and for most parents when the temperature rises so will their worry about their baby overheating as they sleep. It is also important to take these extra steps as babies can’t manage or control their temperature themselves or as well as an adult can, nor can they let us know when they are too hot. To help reduce your worries we have bought together some of our top tips and favourite products to help keep your baby comfortable as they sleep through the warmer months.
Monitor their environment
For peace of mind, we recommend buying a room thermometer so you can keep an eye on the temperature in their bedroom to make sure it is at a good temperature for them. The babymoov YOO-TRAVEL baby monitor has a built in room thermometer to monitor the temperature of the room as well as allowing you to keep an eye on them from anywhere else in the house with it’s camera function.
Try to air the room by keeping the windows open as much as possible, also keep doors and other windows in the house open to create a nice through breeze. It’s also a good idea to keep all the blinds and curtains closed in their room throughout the day to keep it cooler.
It is important not to overdress your baby for bedtime, what they wear to bed will need altering depending on the seasons. For summer we recommend using only 100% cotton vest or sleep suits as this is cooler and more breathable.
Another great option to keep them cool is a muslin sleeping bag. Muslin is an amazingly breathable fabric, the open weave and lightweight fabric of muslin allows for airflow, reducing the risk of overheating. This quality helps keep your baby comfortable and safe, resulting in your peace of mind. We always recommend aden and anais muslin sleeping bags as they are perfect for warm weather. We recommend using the 1 tog aden and anais muslin sleeping bags as they are designed for the warmer months and ideal for keeping your baby cool during higher temperatures.
Try to avoid any synthetic or man-made fibres in their bedding. These aren’t always the best for breathability and can get very hot and sweaty for your little one to sleep on. Remove any unnecessary bedding to keep them cooler.
Little Green Sheep are our go to for natural and breathable mattresses that are also perfect for the warmer months. B-Sensible fitted sheets are also great as they act as a 2 in 1 fitted sheet with amazing waterproof properties for those little leaks and they are also made from 100% Tencel which is extremely breathable to keep your little one cool.
Keep checking on them
Your little one won’t be able to tell you if they are too hot themselves, it is important you keep checking on them for signs of overheating. As they sleep both at night and in the day touch the back of their necks to see if they feel too hot – their hands and feet are usually cooler than the rest of the body hence why it is recommended to check the back of their neck. Or you could use a thermometer for a more accurate reading.
Temperature throughout the night or day may fluctuate and you may need to alter their environment or what they are wearing throughout the night to keep them at the optimum comfort. Don’t be afraid to disturb them if you do need to add extra layers or cool them down, keeping them safe and comfortable is much more important.