The mercury is rising, and another heatwave is on the way. If you’re wondering how you should be swaddling your baby in the summer heat, Love To Dream has put together this super handy guide.
Should I swaddle my baby in summer?
It’s been proven that babies sleep better when swaddled, but the question is, how can you swaddle your baby safely in the warmer months?
The Lullaby Trust advise that a baby’s room should be kept between 16-20°C (61-68°F), but this can be tricky in the hotter weather. Babies are unable to control their own body temperature, and an overheated baby is at an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), so it’s important to dress baby correctly according to the temperature they’re sleeping in.
Choosing the right swaddle for summer
Swaddles help babies to relax and fall asleep quicker, which will enable them to cool down better.
When shopping for your baby’s summer swaddle, always avoid those made from synthetic fibres such as polyester and fleece. These materials can make your baby very warm by trapping heat inside the swaddle.
- For temperatures between 16-22c use the Love To Dream™ Swaddle UP™ 1.0 tog.
- When the weather is warmer or when on holiday, use the Love To Dream™ Swaddle UP™ Lite 0.2 tog which is made from a soft, light fabric making it ideal for warmer weather.
Love To Dream™ Swaddle UP™ 1.0 tog
Love To Dream™ Swaddle UP™ Lite 0.2 tog
Dressing baby in the right clothes for bed
Choose lightweight, breathable clothing for your baby to wear inside their swaddle. Organic and natural fabrics such as cotton, muslin or bamboo are all fabulous choices to ensure your baby stays cool. If the temperature in their room is scorching, avoid clothes altogether and pop them in their Swaddle UP™ 1.0 tog in just their nappy.
The tog rating of the swaddle you’re using will determine the layers of clothing you choose to dress your baby in. Love To Dream’s downloadable guide below tells you everything you need to know.
Top tip: Don’t be tempted to loosen the swaddle. This will enable your baby to work themselves loose and will often wake them up.