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How can we support babies and children in hot weather?

keeping babies and children cool in hot weather

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The warmer weather, now that it has finally arrived, is absolutely glorious however it can be really tricky to keep babies and children cool and content when the hot weather arrives.

Not only can the warmer weather make little ones more irritable and grumpy, but it can also disrupt their sleep, something that none of us want to happen! Young children aren’t able to regulate their body temperature as well as we can so getting overheated can be really uncomfortable, but also not very safe.

So how can we help support their sleep ensure they make the most of the warm weather and keep cool during those warmer months?

Here are my top tips to staying cool in the summer and making sure that the warmer weather doesn’t result in tricky sleep and multiple meltdowns!

Top tips for supporting babies and children in hot weather

  • Try to keep your baby out of direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its peak. When you do have to go out make sure that they’re kept in the shade. Never put a muslin/blanket over the buggy as this can cause inside to become overheated. There are lots of breathable covers that you can get for prams and buggies that are safe, or even better, use an umbrella.
  • Keep windows and blinds/curtains closed. It can feel like the opposite of what you should be doing to keep the room cool! However, by stopping the sunshine coming in, it can make a huge difference. During last summers heatwave, my kids thought it was hilarious that they had to open the front door really quickly to stop the hot air coming in! We managed to keep our house much cooler than if we had opened all the windows.
  • Use a fan in their bedroom. They cool the room down and keep air moving, however make sure it’s not pointed directly at your little ones. You can also try a frozen bottle of water in front of the fan as an extra cool boost!
  • This might sound a little odd, however try hanging a frozen or damp muslin cloth or tea towel around the room to help cool the air!
  • Encourage lots of water play in the shade. For older children, put some of their toys in some water and pop it in the freezer. Once it is frozen, I stick in a bowl of water outside and let them play! Plastic dinosaurs, animals or duplo are really good for this.
  • Dress them in the appropriate clothing for daytime and bedtime. If you need some advice use this handy guide from the Lullaby Trust. And when it’s really hot just pop them in their nappy!
  • Make sure they’re well hydrated and remember that breastfed babies under six months don’t need anything other than breast milk. Your body is amazing and it will adapt to what your little one needs. If you are breastfeeding make sure that you stay hydrated as well!
  • If your children are in the sun make sure they have high factor sun cream and a hat. Make sure that there is lots of time for them to be in the shade. Sometimes they may also need that extra little bit of quiet time if they have been really hot all day.

I know my kids are absolutely loving having the warmer weather! However, I also know that it can cause them to become really tired and really grumpy and over stimulated. So, whatever the age of your children, if they have had a hot sticky day they may benefit from some quiet time in the afternoon or in the middle of the day when the sun is at its hottest and it’s highest.

Let’s hope this sun is here to stay and enjoy making memories with your children.

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