Sleeping in Hot Weather
Newborn babies can overheat easily. Overheating is a known factor in SIDS.
So, how can we make sure that baby doesn't overheat?
It would be nice if we all lived in completely temperature controlled homes. But, we don't. And depending on the style of house we live in, sometimes having air conditioning doesn't mean their room is staying cool anyway.
The first thing to look at is how you're dressing them for sleep. Check out my baby dressing guide here . A good rule of thumb is to dress them in one extra layer than what you're wearing.
Cotton and bamboo are great materials for keeping baby temperature controlled while they sleep. Avoid clothing with polyester.
Try to get some air movement in the room. Leave the doors open, run a fan (but don't have it pointed directly at them).
If you are in a warmer environment than usual, consider going to baby right away when they cry out in the night, or even keeping them in the same room as you. This way you can monitor the room temperature and are close enough to sense if they're struggling with the heat.
If it is very hot and you're worried about dehydration you can add in an extra feed overnight (or 2!). Definitely offer more feeds throughout the day.
Signs of dehydration include:
no tears when they cry
decrease in wet diapers
If you're out of the house:
Do not put a blanket over top of the baby's stroller. This actually closes in the space and causes the temperature to rise (similar to a car).
Consider purchasing a small fan that can attach to the stroller (amazon)
Feed often - Remember, milk is their hydration too!
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