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Sleeping In The Heat

It will soon be very hot in many parts of North America! The air conditioning is on in our house (and I’m grateful for that), but the rising temperatures have got me thinking about how to keep your baby sleeping in the heat and what you can do to keep them safe and comfortable.

Tips For Keeping Babies Sleeping Well In Hot Temperatures

Just a few small adjustments to your baby’s sleep environment can help them be comfortable in the heat and keep your little one sleeping well, no matter what the thermometer says.

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  • Use cotton bedding and pajamas. Steer clear of synthetic materials as they can be big heat trappers and make for uncomfortable nights. If you use a mattress pad under the sheets, consider removing it during the extreme weather, eliminating that extra layer of padding and potential warmth.
  • Use a fan in your baby’s room but take care not to point it directly at him or her. Another “old school” alternative is to put bottles of frozen water in the room at bedtime. As they melt, the water will evaporate and act as a coolant to the room.
  • Take advantage of the room-darkening curtains you already have up. Most room-darkening shades also serve a thermal function—keeping cold air out during the winter and hot air out during the summer. Keep them drawn during the day during these bursts of heat and help keep the room a bit cooler.
  • Even if you don’t normally bathe every night, consider doing a brief one each night during a heat wave, with lukewarm to cool water. It’s super refreshing for baby and sets them up comfortably for being put down at bedtime.
  • Check baby’s temperature before you go to bed. Remember that the best way to assess baby’s temperature is by feeling the back of his or her neck. If she feels sweaty to the touch, remove a layer or two.

And of course always remember to keep baby (and yourself) hydrated during the day.


Written by Good Night Sleep Site Consultant.

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Alanna McGinn
Alanna McGinn
Alanna McGinn is Founder and Certified Sleep Expert of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She is host of the ‘This Girl Loves Sleep’ Podcast and author of ‘This Baby Loves Sleep’. Alanna has established the world-wide brand of Good Night Sleep Site as being a #1 sleep resource for families and her and her team of sleep consultants strive in helping families (baby to adults) and corporations overcome their sleep challenges and have well-rested smiles in the morning. You can find out more about Alanna McGinn and how to work with a Good Night Sleep Consultant at www.goodnightsleepsite.com and follow Alanna and all her sleep tips on Instagram - @GNSleepSite.
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