There are lots of guidelines that you can look out for when trying to keep your baby cool and comfortable this summer.
We’ve picked some of our top tips to ensure that you and your baby enjoy the lovely warm weather which is (hopefully!) ahead.
It’s recommended that a baby’s room should be between 16 and 20 degrees. As an adult, that can feel a bit chilly but research has shown that there’s a risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome if babies get too hot. Sometimes a mother’s instinct is to overdress babies but it really isn’t recommended due to this risk.
A room thermometer is helpful in ensuring the temperature stays constant. It’s not uncommon for the room temperature in houses to change quite dramatically in just a space of a few hours, so do try to keep an eye on it.
Avent have a great thermometer which can be used either in your baby’s room or to check the temperature of their bath A lot of baby monitors also have a room temperature function too.
Another recommended guideline on checking your baby’s temperature is feeling their tummy or the back of their neck to see if they’re too hot or sweaty. If you find that they are, just remove a layer of bed clothes or some of their bedding.
The reason this is advised and not removing anything from their hands and feet is because their extremities can naturally be a bit colder, so the tummy and back of the neck can give a much better indication of how your baby is feeling.
Now that summer is well and truly on the way (fingers crossed!), we’re getting a lot of questions on how best to dress your baby in the hot weather and also tips on how to make babies rooms cooler.
The Gro-Bag guide has lots of useful tips on dressing you baby in accordance to the temperature – http://www.gro.co.uk
This can be found online and also comes with every purchase of a Gro-Bag.
It advises that as the temperature creeps up to around 20 degrees, a 2.5 tog grow bag along with just a long sleeved cotton body will keep your baby comfortable. At above 20 degrees, Gro-Bag recommends using the 1 tog grow-bag and less layers (a short-sleeved suit for example). When the temperature really rises (to between 25 – 27 degrees), light grow-bags will help keep your baby at a suitable temperature.
When trying to keep your baby’s room that bit cooler, keep fan lights and internal doors open if it’s safe to do so to keep the air circulating.
A fan is a big help in this hot weather – just ensure that it’s a safe distance away from your baby. If you still feel a little nervous, bladeless fans are just as effective.
It can sometimes feel like a fan is just blowing warm air around a room but we’ve heard of people putting bowls of ice in front of fans which helps to blow cool air around.
You can also hang up some bath towels or tea towels which have been soaked in cold water. The evaporating air will help to keep the room feeling cool and it’s also a good idea to keep the curtains and blinds closed during the day to ensure that the sun doesn’t creep in.
At the end of a hot day, rather than ending with a warm bath, try keeping your baby cool with a nice cold flannel to ensure a lovely, cool bedtime.
If in doubt, there are lots of guidelines and tips online which can really be of help when trying to keep your baby cool and comfortable in the hot summer weather.
We really hope that you find these tips useful and please let us know of any summertime hints and tricks that you have in the comments box below!