Moving from Sydney to London you would think I would be used to the heat , however I quickly discovered the absence of air con and no sea breeze, meant I was melting quicker than an ice cream in a furnace during the summer months.
While adults can usually manage the heat, I realised that my toddler and newborn were not as equipped in the midst of the current sweltering heatwave. So, I asked your advice and these are your top tips in keeping your little ones cool this summer (many of which we are already doing) that I hope provide some relief.
Offer babies the breast or bottle as often as you can and make sure your older children drink water regularly throughout the day. Another geat suggestion for the older kids is to make homemade natural ice lollies to cool down, and I use these fun silicone ice lolly moulds from Amazon which are practical as they have a lid and are dishwasher safe.
Change to Summer Bedding
Update your bedding, from a lower tog duvet (tog rating refers to effectiveness of a material’s thermal insulation, using an ascending scale), or swapping the duvet all together for a 100% cotton sheet (do not use poly-cotton as it traps heat). Also for babies use a thiner baby sleeping sack to sleeping on a breathable fabric like silk, which is naturally cooling to the skin during warmer season.
Damp Muslin Cloths
Fill up the Paddling Pool
Playing in a shallow paddling pool is a good way of keeping children cool. Keep the pool in the shade during very hot weather and supervise the children carefully at all times.
From short sleeved or sleeveless onesies for babies (we really like the bamboo ones found here which are so breathable) to lightweight cotton t-shirts and shorts for your older children. Make sure they are not overheating and keep nightwear and bedclothes to a minimum.
Turn on All the fans
The NHS recommend that babies will sleep most comfortably when their room is between 16C to 20C so a nursery thermometer like this one which we use will help you monitor the temperature of your baby’s room.
Cool Bath before Bed
This may sound obvious, but a cooler than usual bath before bedtime is a great way to reduce the body’s temperature.
Air Flow and Circulation at Home
Ensure that air flows from point A to point B to ensure good circulation and warm stagnant air is drawn out, as this a natural cooling system in your home and because airflow regulates temperature.
If you have any additional tips on keeping cool during the summer, do pop them in the comments below.
Kerstin // Lux Mumma
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