As summer temperatures rise and those glorious night breezes fail to blow, itâ€™s easy for babies and young children to overheat while sleeping. Here are five tips to help keep your tots cool at night:
1) Banish sun â€” Draw blinds or curtains during the day to block out heat generated by the sun.
2) Let in air â€” Open all windows in the evening to create cross ventilation. Place a block of ice in a shallow dish in front of a fan to circulate cool air throughout the room (but turn the fan off before putting baby to sleep). Also try hanging wet towels over the roomâ€™s open window because evaporating water can cool the air.
3) Remove extras â€” Strip the bedding to a sheet only. For infants who donâ€™t move around a lot, you also can remove the crib bumper pad to allow air to circulate better. Let baby sleep in just a diaper.
4) Lower body temp â€” Run cold water over babyâ€™s wrists and ankles, especially when they are sweating or appear overheated. Bath them before bed in lukewarm water.
5) Add cool extras â€” Try a cool mist humidifier or ice pack teddy bear for use while baby sleeps. Holmes Cool Mist Humidifiers sell for about $30 to $50. Stephan Baby offers a Boo Bear ($7) stuffed teddy bear with an attached compartment for ice cubes or an ice pack.
– Ann Tatko-Peterson