5 Ways to Keep your Baby Cool during Hot Summer Nights
Living in Los Angeles (shout out to the 818!), our houses get HOT during the summer.
Even with the A/C on, it isn't uncommon for Remy's room to be 80*F when she goes down for bed. For a younger baby - that would be a scary SIDS risk of overheating. For Remy at two years old, it means it takes her longer to get comfortable and fall asleep - and more night wakings from being too hot (which, in turn, means less sleep for me.)
Here's how we battle those hot nights to get better sleep:
Choose the right fabrics
When its hot, your child needs to have lightweight and breathable clothing, sleep sacks, and sheets. So put away the fleece (we recommend you ditch this fabric entirely - since polyester is such a yucky, skin irritating, non-breathable, oil-based fabric) and opt for a nice bamboo or organic cotton muslin material instead. The cool thing about bamboo is that it is also moisture wicking and anti-microbial, so it won't get all gross and filled with sweat should your baby get too hot, and thus doesn't have to be washed as often.
Dress for the Temp
If your house stays over 75*F all night, we recommend just a t-shirt and a lightweight sleep sack (under .5 TOG).
If it's going to be over 80*F, you'll need just a t-shirt, or just a diaper + the lightest sack you can find (our Guava Jungle sack will do the trick!)
No full length PJs, no footies, no socks, no fleece, no extra blankets.
Run a Fan
A fan can serve as both white noise and a way to cool the room without using as much electricity as the Air Conditioning. It will help circulate the air and keep your little one comfy.
Make sure your little one drinks cool water before bed. Staying hydrated enables your body thermoregulate more efficiently, which in turn helps you get a better night sleep when its hot out!
Keep your Blinds Closed/Curtains Drawn
If you don't have them already - invest in some great blackout curtains and keep them closed ALL. DAY. LONG.
This will both help keep sunlight - and thus heat - from getting into the room via your windows, as well as create a darker environment (which promotes better sleep!)
Hint: These are also great tips for your own sleep! Just adjust 'sleep sack' to blanket or sheet and you'll be set!
Have any other great ways you keep your baby comfortable and cool at night? Let us know and we'll share your responses in our Instagram stories for other parents to benefit from!