The UK has just emerged from a blistering heatwave which is something we are just not used to in the UK and are certainly never prepared for. Here are some tips to keep Baby safe and sleeping well as forecasters predict that the hot weather will be back again soon.
1. Dress your baby appropriately for the room temperature
If the room is very hot, for example over 25 degrees for most of the night, just a nappy and thin cotton vest may suffice. If the room is between 20-23 degrees a shortie baby grow or shorts and t-shirt pyjamas perhaps with socks or just a nappy and a 1 tog sleep sack.
If your baby is too young for any kind of bedding and it is too hot for a sleep sack, simply dress them in suitable clothing for the room temperature so that no covering is required.
2. Create a breeze
During the day, open all windows on the same floor to create a blow-through and pull curtain two thirds of the way across to block out hot sun but still allow the breeze through.
3. Ventilate your home
Open your loft hatch if you have one to allow heat to escape up through the roof.
4. Use appropriate bedding
Use only cotton bed sheets and avoid any waterproof mattress covering as this will hold heat and make your baby sweat.
5. Give them a quick, refreshing bath
A luke-warm bath or slightly cooler bath than usual might help to refresh your baby before bedtime and relieve any clamminess. Make it a quick bath so that she doesn't get too chilly.
6. Get a room thermometer...so that you know what temperature you are dealing with. This will take away the guesswork and give you peace of mind that you have dressed your baby suitably.
7. Put ice in baby's roomLarge bottles of frozen water (1litre plus), placed in the baby's room may help to cool the air as they melt overnight.
8. Give electric fans a helping handElectric fans will often just blow the warm air around but place a large bowl of ice or some frozen water bottles in front of the fan to cool the air that circulates the room.
9. Keep baby calm
A calm baby will remain cooler than a frustrated baby so try to maintain a calming bedtime routine and offer reassurance and comfort if he is agitated. A cool flannel or cold compress dabbed gentle on your baby may help to cool and calm him.
10. Keep some water refrigeratedYour baby may need to drink more than usual. Cold water is great so for young babies it is worth cooling some billed water and refrigerating it for night time use. Breastfed babies will stay hydrated on breastmilk.
11. Consider moving roomsIf you cannot keep your baby cool in her own room, consider moving her to a cooler room in the house temporarily.
12. Set them up for the whole night - not just eveningRemember, no matter how hot it is at bedtime, the temperature will drop in the night so don't put your baby in his cot in just a nappy if it will drop below 25 degrees in the night. You might like to check on him before you go to bed to see how the temperature is.
13. Accurately check baby's temperatureHands and feet do get colder than the rest of the body so it is natural for these to feel a little colder to the touch. If you are unsure about your baby's temperature, feel the back of his neck or use a thermometer.
14. Put yourself in their shoesBabies will be comfortable dressed for temperatures as you would dress yourself. So ask yourself how hot it feels and what you would be comfortable in when you are considering how to dress you baby.
Just remember, you can pull the covers over you but she cannot, so imagine you are going to bed without any bed covers.
With thanks to The Sleep Nanny (Lucy Shrimpton) SleepNanny.co.uk
It is true that children love stories. They love to hear about a hero or a villain, a giant or a dragon as long as it has a happy ending. Whatever the story might be about, the child is excited to have a parent, a grandparent or even an older sibling read a story to them.
Story reading bonds the reader to the listener and listener to the reader. Children love stories that can bring out courage and laughter, excitement and joy when sometimes there is sadness. A child not only listens to the story, they experience the story. They can see in their mind as the story goes along what the characters in the book might look like. A child looks into their imagination as to what their hero's world would be like.
That is why children love a delightful story with a hero, because a child likes a hero in their life. Children love to hear how the hero saves the day, and they live happily ever after. A pleasant story is much more appealing to a small child than even most television programs. The child sits and listens to a story being read, they can imagine in their mind what is taking place as the story goes along. Even the busiest of children will sit and listen to an amusing story. A gripping ghost story, for example, will capture the attention of children of various age groups. Everyone likes a good scare now and then.
As in every story, the child wants to see what happens, to make sure that their favorite hero or heroine makes it through unscathed. A child loves the closeness of sitting on the bed or in a chair next to the reader. Knowing that if something pops out of the book at them, whoever is reading the story will protect them. As they sit with their blankets pulled up under their chin, waiting to see what will happen next in the story. Excitement and suspense building up inside the child as the victim in the book gets nearer to the scary part of the story. Although the child may be scared at that very moment, they have to hear what happens to the victim in the book.
Children of all ages love a delightful story with the right combination of characters in it. Children love to hear about animals in their stories. Maybe they have never owned an animal, and it is their way of getting a closer look into the world of their favorite animal.
All children have a dream to become a certain someone or something in their life and through a book they can become anything. A bedtime story at night or a short story in the afternoon children will always love books. Through the minds and hearts of children, books will be apart of everyone's lives forever.
Here is the full list
1. “I’m hungry.”Even though you were offered food five minutes ago? And you refused then? Hunger doesn’t hit until a child is horizontal.
2. “I’m thirsty.”That’s so strange because you have a water bottle right beside your bed. And you’re not drinking out of it.
3. “The blanket is itching me.”The very same blanket that you’ve been using since birth, that was only just washed, that I’ve rearranged 15 times already tonight and that you have refused to sleep without every other since the day you were born?
Yes, that’s the one.
4. “The dog is looking at me.”No. No the dog isn’t even in the bedroom. But good try.
5. “I can smell the dog.”Pretend it’s a nice smell. Like cinnamon.
6. “I want a story.”You’ve had a story.
7. “The TV is too loud.”The TV isn’t even on. And, before you try it, the neighbour’s TV isn’t on either.
8. “I’m not tired.”The yawns, eye rubbing and whinging would suggest a different story.
9. “I don’t like my pyjamas.”You picked them out. And you’ve changed them three times already.
10. “I want to sleep in your bed.”My bed is uncomfortable. And there’s most likely a dog in it.
11. “The picture on the wall is moving.”Nope. That’s your exhaustion kicking in. You’re so tired you’re hallucinating.
12. “I need tickles.”Okay, two minutes of tickles.
13. “Something is touching my back.”It’s me. You told me to tickle you.
14. “I can’t sleep unless you sing to me.”Okay, I’ll sing to you.
15. “You’re singing it wrong.”How about we just be quiet and close our eyes and see how that goes?
16. “It’s too quiet.”It’s supposed to be quiet. It’s bedtime.
17. “My finger hurts.”No it doesn’t.
18. “My hair hurts.”That’s not even a valid pain.
19. “I can’t remember how to sleep.”Close your eyes. Stop thinking. Take deep breaths. And relax.
20. “I need Teddy.”Teddy is right beside you.
21. “I need him to sleep on my other side.”Then move him.
22. “I can’t sleep unless you tell me how many sleeps until my birthday.”106.
23. “My birthday is too far away.”Go to sleep and it will be one day closer.
24. “The moon is too bright.”I’ll shut the curtains.
25. “The room is too dark.”
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