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How to keep your baby cool at night during the summer

Has anyone else felt like this last week or so has seen Dubai hit the full humidity of summer all at once?! Unfortunately, winter seems to have officially ended and the high temperatures are on their way - this has thrown my mojo out of sync with what temperature to have the AC set at nighttime, how many layers Rosie needs, what’s too hot, and what’s too cold. It doesn’t seem to matter how many children I have had; this is one of those things that has never ever become any easier to navigate.

As a mum you will know your baby’s body more than anyone, so it’s always best to go off your own instinct. But in a bid to be helpful, I’ve put together the below post to help you decide what’s best for your family. I’ll share a combination of personal experiences, facts from the experts and recommended guidelines.

What temperature should your baby’s room be set to?

The experts suggest your AC should be set between 22 and 24 degrees. This should mean that your baby feels cool, but not cold. It’s important to check that the AC isn’t blowing directly onto your baby’s crib to avoid blocked noses and sore throats.

Sleeping bag or swaddle?

Swaddling is great for those first days and weeks. Keeping your baby wrapped snug and replicating the feeling they would know from being in the womb. This is said to be comforting to your baby, not to mention supportive of their sleep, as being wrapped prevents them from jumping with a startle reflex.

All babies are different, and you might find swaddling is short lived for yours as they start to get a wriggle and prefer free arms, whilst others enjoy that wrapped feeling a little longer.

Whenever you transition from a swaddle, the guidelines suggest sleeping bags are the safest option.

One thing that swaddling and sleeping bags both have in common is that the material used should be 100% cotton or Bamboo. Cotton and Bamboo are both breathable and non-sweaty fabrics that help a baby to keep a regulated temperature.

Each of my three babies skipped the swaddling stage altogether. From our first hours in the hospital, my babies each broke their arms free from a swaddle and preferred to sleep that way from the very beginning.

What tog sleeping bag should I use?

Below is an infographic guide from Baby Centre you can keep and refer to.

The key points to remember are that you’ll need to adjust the thickness (Tog) of the sleeping bag you use, as well as how many layers your baby wears, according to the temperature they’re in.

I spent a lot of time fussing over this perfect balance until I found the Malabar Baby lightweight 0.6 tog sleeping bags.

Rosie’s AC is currently set to 23/24 degrees. She wears one long sleeve layer and her sleeping bag. In the cooler months she wears a warmer long sleeve and trouser set of pyjamas, but the same tog sleeping bag.

What age do you use a sleeping bag up to?

Again, this is subject to change from child to child and also down to your preferences.

I used a sleeping bag up to around 24 months with my 2 older children – they transitioned to a cot bed quilt at the same time they transitioned to a cot bed.

I plan to do the same with Rosie – though I have a feeling she’s going to be a climber so we might well transition her to a bed sooner to avoid any accidents. Only time will tell how this plays out!

We recently conducted a poll on our social media pages about the ages for children using sleeping bags. Interestingly, the majority of parents said up to 36 months and some even beyond this.

With this is mind we added a third size to our range of sleeping bags so now we have the following available:

Size S – 0-6m

Size M – 6-18m

Size L – 18-36m

Other things to look for in a sleeping bag

Always looks for one that has a reversible zipper as this means they can’t undo them as they get bigger! It also gives easy access for nighttime nappy changing, which is super helpful, especially if you have a wriggly baby.

Another element to consider is shoulder access. Having a one shoulder opening makes putting a baby into, and getting them out of, a sleeping bag a lot less fiddly – especially if they’re asleep and you’re trying not to wake them!

What do your children sleep in? We would love to learn about your experiences in the comments below!