How long have we been waiting for this – the sun has got his hat on and he is FINALLY coming out to play! After months of complaining about this long cold winter it’s now time for the real moaning to start, in the words of the early noughties rapper Nelly; “It’s gettin’ hot in ‘ere… ”
With temperatures currently soaring and the hot weather set to continue over the next few days, getting babies and young children to sleep comfortably becomes a whole new mission.
You may have seen this image circulating recently – it’s a really helpful guide to how to dress your baby at bedtime in the hot weather.
Image credit: babysoundasleep.co.uk
If you’re still struggling though, here are five simple tips to help your little ones keep cool and hopefully get them to sleep in the hot weather.
1. Blinds/Curtains shut
Now on our fourth summer with young children, I think we’ve finally go the hang of this. No more leaving the windows wide open all day and letting all the heat in, we keep the bedroom curtains and windows closed for most of the day (close the doors too) and when it’s time for the boys to go to bed, the bedrooms are reasonably cool. We then keep the windows open in the evening and overnight if it’s particularly sweltering.
2. Freeze large bottles of water
Ice Ice baby (anyone else counting how many rap references I can shoe horn into this article?!). I’m talking 1-litre bottles plus, if you’ve got enough room in the freezer, freeze as many as you can! Place them in your little ones room overnight – it will help to cool the air as they melt.
3. Cool baths
A slightly cooler bath than usual just before bedtime should help refresh your baby – just a quick one though – don’t want them getting too chilly!
4. Hang the washing out
Hanging damp towels or sheets in front of an open window will help bring down the room’s temperature.
5. Ice fans
Another firm favourite in our household. An electric fan on its own doesn’t really cut the mustard– generally just blowing the warm air around. But put a large bowl of ice in front of the fan and it will cool the air that circulates the room in no time!
Hope these tips help to keep your little ones cool this summer. Hang on in there and just remember, it’ll probably rain tomorrow!