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