Baby & Pregnancy, Safety, Sleeptime
Keeping Baby Cool in Summer
We are in full heatwave mode at the moment and it can be really tricky to keep baby and the room they sleep in cool.
With the ideal room temperature being 16 – 20 degrees, the current weather can make it almost impossible to keep our rooms cools without the luxury of air conditioning.
To keep baby safe its important that we do all we can to keep them and the room they are sleeping in cool.
Here’s our top tips!
- Keep windows open with blinds and curtains closed during the day to try and keep the heat of the sun out of the room. If there is no outside breeze it may be better to also keep the windows shut.
- The NHS advise that babies under 6 months are kept out of direct sunlight as their skin contains too little melanin which is the pigment that gives skin, hair and eyes their colour and provides some protection from the sun.
- Use a parasol for the pram but remember never to drape anything over the front of the pram or car seat to ensure that enough cool air is circulating. You can also get little fans which attach onto the side of prams and car seats, these can be handy for keeping baby cool also.
- Paddling pools or even the Shnuggle Baby Bath and Toddler Bath are popular ways of keeping babies and young children cool during the day as well as adding lots of fun as long as carefully supervised at all times.
- Check baby regularly, feeling their chest and the back of their neck to make sure they don’t feel too warm or clammy.
- If they are feeling too warm, remove a layer of clothing and bedding. Don’t be afraid to dress them in only their nappy for bed if needed.
- If there is a cooler room in the house it may be worth considering moving them there temporarily.
- Use a room thermometer to keep a check on the temperature of the room. The Shnuggle Moonlight has a room temperature sensing base which will keep you right or any other room thermometer you have.
- Place a fan in their room an hour or so before bedtime with a bowl of iced water in front of it (Never leave it on pointing directly at baby or within baby’s reach.)