As the warmer summer months roll on, more parents start to get in touch with with season specific sleep issues. It’s little wonder why babies tend to have problems sleeping when the weather is hot- we as adults can find it hard to sleep during the summer, so it’s easy to understand why infants would too. So what are the main summer sleep issues we face, and what can we do to solve them? Read on to find out.
Let’s start with the most obvious! When the temperature rises, we get hot. And when we’re too hot in bed, we strip back the covers before moving on to stripping off clothes too. Babies cannot do this. And they are less able to regulate their body temperature too, so it’s up to us to make sure they do not get too hot at night. During summer, take steps to ensure:
- Baby wears lighter clothing- she may only need a nappy when it is really hot.
- Baby’s room is not too hot. Use a room thermometer to check the temperature, and open a window for some fresh air if needed.
- Baby has no extra blankets or covers.
Check on your baby regularly and if she feels clammy and hot, remove layers, or use a fan to cool the room down. Some babies will find it hard to fall asleep when it’s hot, so during the day it’s a good idea to close the curtain and use a fan to keep the room cool, so that it’s more comfortable at bedtime. Read this post for more advice on safe sleeping in the summer.
Too much sunlight
Summer brings more hours of sunshine! And while this is lovely, it can play havoc with baby’s sleeping habits. My number one tip: use blackout blinds! Make sure that baby has a dim room that will help induce sleep, and help her to recognise that it is time for sleep.
You have the windows open so that baby has fresh air in her room… and then the neighbours have a garden party, or next door starts to mow the lawn at nap time, or older siblings want to play out a little longer… etc. Outdoor noise tends to increase during the summer, and there isn’t a lot you can do about this. Your baby cannot wear earplugs to block out the noise, but you can use white noise machines/ apps to help. Chances are, baby will be able to sleep through most of the noise… fingers crossed!
Going on vacation
Summer vacations are hugely anticipated family events, and there is no reason whatsoever why babies cannot be a part of them too. But being on vacation can affect baby’s sleep. Read this post for tips on how to deal with it.
How is your baby sleeping in the warmer weather?