How to keep your child cool during hot weather

Posted by / Thursday 09 May 2019 / Parenting Tips Health

As the long-awaited warm weather approaches us, it is important to ensure our little ones are comfortable as it gets hotter outside. If your baby or child is overheating, it can be uncomfortable for them, give them heat rash and their sleep could suffer.

Here are some helpful and easy things you can do to make the sunshine and warm weather a happy place for your children.


DIY fun

Pool noodle sprinkler

Here in the UK, it is hard to justify a pool in your garden with the unpredictable weather that we are known for. That doesn’t mean you have to give up the fun of a pool day though! Here is a fun, inexpensive way to transform a section of your garden into a mini waterworld. All you need is a pool noodle and a garden hose!

Sponge necklace

On park days or outdoor playdates, it can be difficult to ensure that your child stays cool. Why not try making a cute sponge necklace? This will help keep them cool and will also give them a fun, crafty summer project to work on. It’s a win - win!

Make ice lollies

Who doesn’t love a cool, delicious ice lolly on a hot day? A good way to keep your kids cool during the summer heat is giving them cold treats! It is great for their energy as they play outside for longer hours and helps to normalise their temperature. It could be as simple as freezing their favourite juice in an ice pop mould, or you can get creative with some of these incredible recipes.


At home

Use blackout blinds

If you use blackout blinds or draw the curtains in your child’s bedroom during the middle of the day, this will help keep the bedroom cooler for their naptime or bedtime.


Unplugging unused equipment such as TVs and stereos that are on standby is an easy way to cool down your home, as these things give off heat even when they are not in use.

Frozen water bottle

A small bottle of frozen water with a no-spill cap can be a useful addition to bedside tables as it can give off cooling vapour and provide a cool drink in the event that they wake up during their sleep.


NHS recommendations


Running your child a cool bath before bedtime is a good way for them to get relaxed and lower their body temperature before they sleep.


Keep nightwear and bedclothes to a minimum. If your baby kicks or pushes off the covers during the night, consider putting them in just a nappy with a single well-secured sheet that won't work loose and cover their face or get entangled during the night.


A nursery thermometer will help you monitor the temperature of your baby's room. Your baby will sleep most comfortably when their room is between 16C (61F) and 20C (68F).


For more recommendations from the NHS, visit their website.


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