From The Berkshire Live:
The UK’s first male sleep consultant, labelled a “miracle worker” by worn-out parents, has come up with some top tips to help babies and young children stay cool and get a restful night’s sleep during warm weather.
This week has been hot and the high temperatures look set to continue for the coming weeks, which can mean sleepless nights for little ones resulting in worn-out parents.
Safe sleep guidelines tell us that a baby’s room should be 16-20C, but what do you do when the temperature outside exceeds this?
Known as ‘The Daddy Sleep Consultant’, father-of-two Chris McFadden says his unique bedtime approach, based on studying the whole family’s routine and the baby’s personality, promises peaceful nights in record time.
How to get your baby asleep during hot weather
- When it’s super hot, babies can just sleep in a vest or nappy. However, I know some little ones like to feel secure and can’t sleep without a sleeping bag.
There are some great ones on the market in really low togs. I have a couple of the 0.5 togs which you can layer under for cooler nights (it is a British summer after all).
- The way to check your baby’s temperature is by feeling their tummy or the back of their neck. Don’t use their hands or feet as a guide as they are often cooler than the rest of their body.
- Keep blinds and windows shut during the day to stop the sun heating up the room. Once the direct sun has moved away, open blinds/shutters and windows to let in the air, e.g. just after they wake up/during dinner.
- It’s important to keep younger babies as cool as possible during the summer months as they don’t yet have the ability to regulate their body temperature. It’s okay to use a fan in their room as long as it’s not near them or directly on them.
- If your little one has a nap in the pram, do not cover the pram with a towel or a jacket as the temperature in the pram can reach dangerous levels. When you stop, make sure the pram is facing away from the sun as UV rays can be harmful to their delicate skin.
- But most importantly get out and enjoy the weather safely.
I have two boys who love playing with water which is a great way to cool little ones down in the day.
I’m a baby and toddler sleep consultant specialising in designing gentle sleep training programmes for babies and toddlers. I work with clients on a one to one basis and I also have a series of age-specific online courses for you to implement at your own pace.