Summer is bringing a much needed break from the icy temps we were dealing with just a few months ago, but it also brings a potential for over-heating and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). According to doctors, babies sleep deeper when they’re hot, making it more difficult to wake them up. So here are some times to keep your family cool and protected from the climbing temperatures that summer will bring!
Keep a Safe Sleeping Environment – Keep your child cool at night with a mattress made of organic cotton. The organic materials are free of plastic and help absorb perspiration, keeping baby cool even when it is hot out. A great option would be the Sealy Cotton Bliss 2-Stage Organic Crib Mattress, which offers an eco-friendly waterproof cover, while giving your baby a cool sleeping surface. Additionally, you should always keep the crib free of bumpers, blankets, pillows and stuffed animals.
Dress Baby for the Weather – Choose loose-fitting and lightweight clothing made from natural fibers. Like the cotton mattress, these fabrics will help absorb perspiration, unlike other synthetic fabrics. Light colored clothing also helps reflect heat as opposed to absorb it.
Stay Hydrated – Infants under 6 months should not drink water, even in warmer temps. Instead, give them extra formula or nurse them more often to replace lost liquids. Even if you don’t see them visibly sweating, a flushed face, rapid breathing and restlessness can all be signs of dehydration.