Getting a baby to sleep during the night is difficult enough, however, it can be especially difficult during the summer months. When it’s cold its easy to bundle your little one up to keep her warm, but in the summer, you need air conditioning to keep her cool and comfortable. So, how should you dress your baby to sleep in the summer, here are some answers for you.
What Should Babies Wear To Bed?
Honestly, there’s no right or wrong answer for this question, however, there are a few things you’ll want to remember.
First, think lightweight layers with fabric that is breathable. These super cute knotted baby gowns from Orchid Baby Wear is a perfect example of a lightweight pajama to have as a base layer and then covering them up with a sleep sack or heavier sleeper.
Experts recommend that you dress your baby in one additional layer than you think you should wear as an adult. For example, if you are wearing a sweatshirt in the evening, you’ll want to make sure your baby has on pajamas and a swaddle or sleep sack.
How Should The Nursery Be Setup?
Experts recommend that a baby’s nursery should be between 68 and 72 degrees fahrenheit. Most nurseries don’t have thermostats in their room, so you can get an inexpensive one like this one from Amazon to make sure their room stays in this range. Whenever you check on baby, you’ll want to make sure that the temperature is just right.
During the day, you’ll want to keep your baby’s blinds or curtains closed so there isn’t too much sun coming into the room. This can not only warm up the room very fast, but it’s a quick way to mess up your baby’s sleep cycle. If you’re finding that her nursery just isn’t cooling down, you might consider installing a fan and leaving their door o[en to let air more freely flow through the room. Another thing to try is installing reflective/blackout blinds which can reduce heat and make the room completely dark as needed. You can pretty much tackle this yourself with one quick trip to a place like Lowe’s, so it’s definitely worth considering.
.How Will I Know If My Baby Is Too Hot?
As mentioned above, you’ll want to check in your baby throughout the day and evening to make sure she is at a comfortable temperature. Here are some things that you should be watch for to give you an idea if she is too hot:
- Is she warm to the touch?
- Is her heartbeat rapid?
- Is she unresponsive or lethargic?
- Is her skin red?
Any of these could be a sign that your baby is overheating.
What Should I Do If My Baby Is Overheated While Sleeping?
First, you’ll want to try to get their temperature down quickly. Put her in a cool bath or wipe her face and body down with a wet rag.
Second, you’ll want to make sure she’s hydrated. Nurse of mix up some formula to help get her core temperature down.
If you feel like either of these are not working, you’ll want to consider calling your doctor.
I hope that these ideas help your little one get some much needed sleep during the summer months.