Sleep plays a crucial role in the development of your growing baby! Research shows that sleep impacts alertness and attention, cognitive performance, learning and memory, and more, according to the Sleep Foundation! Summer is a fun time for the whole family but the heat can take its toll on your little one’s sleep. From getting the room temperature nice and cool to dressing your baby in the appropriate PJ’s, here are a few tips to help your little one sleep better this summer:
1. Your Baby’s Room Temperature
Just like us, your baby will have trouble settling in a room that is too warm or too cool. For the optimal room temperature for infant sleep, the room should be between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not only important to keep your baby’s room at an ideal temperature for their comfort but also for their safety. Avoiding baby overheating can help reduce the risk of SIDS, so you’ll want to make sure your little one isn’t getting too warm while sleeping. While the A/C can help keep your baby’s room cool, fans and a slightly open door can help if A/C is not an option.
2. Dressing Your Baby on Warm Nights
To keep baby comfortable over the summer, less is more. For a better idea, the AAP’s general rule of thumb is to dress your little one in no more than one extra layer then you would be comfortable sleeping in at the same room temperature. Remember though, our body temperature drops as we sleep, so you’ll only want to go PJ-less if it’s too warm for any clothing.
One great sleepwear option is a sleep sack, but you’ll want to pay attention to the TOG level in relation to the temperature in the room. TOG is the standard to measure how much heat a garment retains. Sleep sacks are labeled with a TOG level to let you know which one you should dress your baby in depending on the season. For summer, you’ll want to put baby in a sleep sack with a 0.5-1.0 TOG level.
The classic cotton Zen Sack from Nested Bean is made from 100% breathable cotton and has a TOG measure of 0.5, making it the perfect sleep sack for warm nights! Plus the gently-weighted key areas will make it easier for your little one to settle into sleep!
3. Scheduling Naps on the Go
For many families, the summertime is all about getting outside, enjoying the sunshine, and going on vacations. For little ones, that means naps on the go. While of course your baby’s dark, cool sleep sanctuary at home is going to be the most ideal environment for restorative naps, there are a few tips and tricks to make naps on the go easier for parents and baby.
- Try to plan around naptime. Start your activity after their usual naptime, plan to be in the car during their naptime, or schedule your fun to end before naptime.
- Bring sleep aids on the go. Whether it be a portable sound machine, their favorite blankie, or a light blanket to block out light, don’t be afraid to pack what you need from home.
- Be flexible! Protect that precious nighttime sleep and adjust your baby’s schedule depending on their naps – short naps while at the beach or the pool equals an earlier bedtime and knowing a later bedtime is coming, squeeze in an extra nap or two in the later afternoon or early evening.
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