Ways to keep babies and young children cool in the summer months…
The sun is back! With temperatures set to rise again over the next few days, here are five simple tips to help your little ones keep cool and hopefully get them to sleep in the hot weather.
1. Blinds/Curtains shut and windows open
It goes against all my morning routines to leave the kids bedroom curtains shut but if you know it’s going to be hot think ahead – close all the blinds to block the sun, and open the windows to create a breeze and you could knock a good few degrees off that thermometer!
2. Freeze large bottles of water
We’re talking 1-litre bottles plus, if you’ve got enough room in the freezer, freeze as many as you can! Place them in your little one’s room overnight – it will help to cool the air as they melt.
3. Cool baths
A slightly cooler bath than usual just before bedtime should help refresh your baby – just a quick one though – don’t want them getting too chilly! If its a daytime refresh they need, have some fun in the paddling pool (or large tub!) in the shade in the garden.
4. Hang the washing out
Hanging damp towels or sheets in front of an open window will help bring down the room’s temperature. Not so great for overnight but works a treat for daytime naps.
5. Ice fans
An electric fan on its own doesn’t really cut the mustard– generally just blowing the warm air around. But put a large bowl of ice in front of the fan and it will cool the air that circulates the room in no time!
Hope these tips help to keep your little ones cool this summer.