Many parents are concerned about swaddling their babies during the summer, especially in parts of the world where it gets hot. When you and I become too warm, sleeping is fairly difficult. We need space and fresh air to get to sleep.
Babies a bit more complicated, however. They’re sensitive to temperature and have poorer control over their body temperature, but they require a tight swaddle to get their rest. Then again, they can’t exactly tell us when they’re becoming too warm and starting to overheat. Further, overheating increases the chance of SIDS, so it’s definitely something we want to avoid.
Here’s how to swaddle your baby in the summer heat.
Use lightweight, breathable clothing inside the swaddle. If it’s really hot, forgo clothing all together (but leave the diaper on). Choose a natural fiber that responds better to the heat like organic cotton, muslin, or bamboo. Merino is another effective material.
Avoid synthetic fibers entirely (like polyester and fleece), as these materials are usually heat insulators. You might be tempted to leave the swaddle a bit loose, but this is a mistake. If your baby feels like he can wiggle himself out of the swaddle, he might spend some time trying. This effort can work up his body temperature. A tight wrap will lull him to sleep quickly so he relaxes and cools down.
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Once your baby is past the SIDS risk age, use several light layers in your crib rather than heavy blankets or comforters. This lets your baby kick off what he doesn’t need.
Try to keep your baby’s room a comfortable temperature all day. Open a window and install a fan if necessary, but don’t position your crib right beneath this window. A direct fan could make your baby too cold, even if it’s hot out. A shade or blind can cut out the sunlight and keep the room and furniture from heating up.
I recommend having a thermometer in your baby’s room near his sleeping place so you can get an accurate measurement.
How to Judge if Your Baby is Too Hot
If you break open the swaddle in the morning and you have a sweaty baby, make sure you’re using the right type of material and you’ve swaddled tightly enough. Take your baby’s temperature with your hand against his chest, back of the neck or ears. If he feels hot, he is. Also, look out for red skin.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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