Safer Sleep in Hot Weather

We are no doubt all enjoying this lovely weather, however, it is always a worry for parents when it comes to our little ones sleep in the heat.

Hot weather can cause chaos to all our sleep, let alone our little ones.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep your baby or child’s sleep space cool and well ventilated
  • Use blackout blinds to try and block out the sun, to avoid their sleep space from overheating
  • Use an air conditioner or fan if you think your little one’s room is too hot.  To ensure that hot air isn’t being circulated around the room, you can put a bottle or jug of water in front of the fan.  This will mean that cool air will be circulated instead.  Keep both fan and water jugs out of baby’s reach of course! 
  • Be aware of pre-sleep routines.  As much as we love the extra snuggles, they can increase your little one’s body temperature
  • Having a bath cools down your baby’s body temperature
  • Keep your baby or child well hydrated.  Baby’s before 6 months will still only need their milk, however, you can add in an extra feed if you feel necessary.  Water is great for older baby’s and children
  • Have your baby or child dressed in light layers ie vest, onesie or light cotton pyjamas, a 0.5 or 1 Tog sleep sack
  • Your little one may become overtired and irritable more easily, so ensure that they have some downtime, especially before sleep
  • The temperature can drop overnight, so add an extra light layer if needed.  However, do not use any loose blankets for your baby, as recommended by safer sleep guidelines.  If you need further information about these guidelines, please refer to www.hse.ie

If you are worried that your baby, toddler or child may be dehydrated, bring them to your GP or hospital. 

These are some symptoms to watch out for:

  • Your baby should have a wet nappy every 6-8 hours
  • If your toddler or child has no urine for 12 hours
  • If your little one’s urine is darker than normal, and/or have a stronger odour
  • Your little one may be more irritable.  If they cry, but cannot produce any tears
  • Dry lips and/or dry skin
  • If your little one’s feet or hands are cold and blotchy, this could be a sign of dehydration
  • If you pinch the skin and the skin stays in that pinched position after you have released it, this is a sign of dehydration 

Stay cool and enjoy the summer! xx 

My name is Fiona, and I am a Sleepy Lambs Sleep Consultant, specialising with baby’s, toddlers and young children. I am a Mum of two crazy and wonderful little ones! x

Sleep challenges can affect the whole family, and everything is so much harder when we are sleep deprived! (I have been through it myself).

I am passionate about supporting you with any sleep challenges you have with your little one.

Sleep science and emotional wellness for the whole family are the most important aspect of my support.

If you are ready to start sleeping, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Looking forward to helping you and your family sleep better xx

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