During hot weather, it’s important to ensure that your baby sleeps comfortably and safely. Here are some recommendations for what your baby should sleep in during hot weather:
- Light and Breathable Clothing: Dress your baby in light, breathable clothing made of natural fabrics like cotton. Avoid overdressing and keep the clothing loose-fitting to allow air circulation.
- Sleep Sack: Instead of heavy blankets, consider using a lightweight sleep sack that is appropriate for the temperature. Make sure it’s not too tight and allows your baby to move their hips comfortably.
- Fan or Air Conditioning: If you have access to air conditioning or a fan, use it to maintain a comfortable sleeping environment. Just make sure the baby isn’t placed directly in front of a fan or exposed to a chilly AC draft.
- Adjust Room Temperature: Keep the room at a comfortable temperature. It’s generally recommended to keep the room between 16-20°C for a baby’s sleep. Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature and ensure it’s not too hot or too cold.
- Cot Placement: Place the cot away from direct sunlight and heat sources. If your baby’s room gets a lot of sunlight, consider using blackout curtains to keep the room cooler.
- Hydration: If your baby is breastfeeding or formula feeding, ensure they are well-hydrated during hot weather. Breast milk or formula provides the necessary hydration. If your baby is older and consuming solid foods, you can offer water in small amounts as well.
- Check for Overheating: Regularly check your baby to make sure they are not overheating. Feel their neck or back to see if they are too warm. Sweating excessively or having flushed skin can be signs of overheating.
- Skip Extra Bedding: Avoid using unnecessary bedding like thick blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals in the crib. These items can increase the risk of overheating.
- Skin-to-Skin Contact: Consider having skin-to-skin contact with your baby for short periods of time. This helps regulate their body temperature and creates a sense of comfort.
- Nap Time Locations: If the baby’s room is too hot during the day, consider having them nap in a cooler room or even in a well-ventilated pram. Just ensure they are supervised at all times.
Always prioritize your baby’s safety and comfort. If you’re unsure about how to dress your baby or how to create a safe sleep environment, you can consult with your GP for personalised guidance based on your baby’s age and health. Or chat to your local Adventure Babies team about how to keep your baby comfortable in this hot weather.