Safe Sleeping in Hot Weather
As temperatures soar, so do the restless balmy sleepless nights; take a look at our hot weather sleep guide to help your baby dose off comfortably and safely.
Understanding Tog Ratings
When choosing your child's sleeping bag or swaddle, understanding tog ratings is vital. TOG stands for Thermal Overall Grade and is a unit of measurement for insulation and warmth of sleepwear and bedding; the lower the TOG rating, the lighter the fabric and the higher the TOG rating, the warmer the padding and fabric.
Opting for rated sleepwear means you can safely layer or strip back depending on the TOG rating, alongside the temperature of your child's room.
Know when to strip back the layers; the bottom line is that under-layering is always a safer option than over-layering. TOG rated bags can be used without layers underneath if the room temperature is too warm.
Our best-selling sleepwear friends over at ergoPouch Australia have created this handing layering guide;
Check Your Child's Room Temperature
We recommend using a room thermometer to accurately monitor the room temperature; this can vary throughout the day. If your child's room gets a lot of sunlight, blackout blinds or window coverings will help detract sunlight from warming up the room.
Remember to ventilate the room with open windows day and night if possible.
All ergoPouch sleep products come with a handy thermometer strip. Or try the Shnuggle Moonlight, a nightlight and colour-coded room thermometer built into one product.
Placing two fingers at the back and front of your baby's neck, just underneath their clothing, is also a quick way to check if they are too hot or cold;
- If they’re too hot, they may feel clammy or sweaty and need fewer layers. If they’re cool or cold, then they need another layer. Baby’s hands are not a good gauge.
- If they have cold hands, it doesn’t mean they are too cold - their hands are not always a good indication of their body temperature.
Strip It All Back
Strip all excess bedding out of your child's bed; this will help with the airflow. Always opt for cotton or other breathable fabric fitted sheets and mattress protectors. If you are using a TOG rated Sleeping Bag or Swaddle this always replaces any other blankets or top sheets.
Steer clear of synthetic fabrics and plastic-covered mattress protectors; these will only add to overheating your child and restricting breathability.
Backup Options To Cool Off
The optimal room temperature is between 18 and 20 degrees, but we know this may not always be possible in the summertime. If you have followed our steps above and still your baby is struggling to cool down, freezing some damp washcloths and using them as cooling compresses can be a quick way to cool your little one down.
Placing a safety-tested and good-quality fan in the room will increase air circulation; just be sure it is out of reach of tiny hands. The white noise will be a bonus to help lull your baby off to the land of nod and will help block out any external noise from open windows.
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