How to keep a baby cool in this hot weather?

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Just thought I would find out how other Mums & Dads keep there babies cool and stop them from getting overheated.

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My girl was naked for her first 3 months to keep her cool. When it got really hot we used the air con but tried not to because it dehydrates. We also offered her small amounts of cool boiled water between feeds to keep her hydrated.

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Keep them shaded when you are outdoors. No socks and shoes and little clothing. You can get a small baby pool for outdoor water play. Also get your car running and turn the AC on full blast to start cooling it off before putting the baby inside. Use the air conditioner indoors and when it's hot they don't need to be covered while they are sleeping. Grandma always insisted on covering my baby with a blanket while he was asleep and the poor thing use to sweat. He'd wake up with wet hair.

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I live in a city that is hot 24/7 (townsville north qld australia) i allow my 9 month old some "rudie nudie" time for about an hour each day (fortunately i have tiles so im not too worried about him peeing and he hasn't pooped on the floor yet) if the pool is shady enough we go swimming (look for some swim diapers theyre great) failing that i fill up his baby bath and let him splash around the cool water (marshall loves being in freezing water for some reason) and i allow him to air dry after time in the water to keep him a little bit cooler...failing all that (and especially if im hot too) we throw the a/c on and read books

Lily - posted on 06/02/2009

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I gave my son lots of little baths. Not a full dunking just a cool cloth over him several times a day. Plus, I only put him in the thinnest of onesies that I could find. Now that he is older I have a small pool that I use in the front yard to play in.

Sarah - posted on 06/02/2009

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We live in the tropical part of Australia and it gets hot - really HOT here. During the summer months my children wear next to nothing. On really hot days we just have them in a diaper 24hrs a day and nothing else. The kids both have fans in their rooms that move the air around pretty good and we keep them well hydrated with constant fluids.



Keeping their curtains pulled in their rooms also reduces the heat. During the summer their curtains aren't open at all. The night time coolness seems to stay in their rooms better when the curtains are closed. Our house is insulated so during the summer it isn't too bad inside the house.



We also use only 100% cotton sheets on the beds during summer. They are cooler and breath better than cotton/nylon.



My sister brought a portable air cooler to help her kids sleep, but they aren't cheap.



As long as your child isn't over dressed - toddlers particularly get hot easy as they are on the move so much and also if you keep up their fluids they wont over heat.

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Robyn - posted on 06/02/2009

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If your child still sleeps in a cot this might help. I used a muslin cloth which was actually a wrap for new borns, wet it and hung it over the side of the cot leaving the fan on to filter throught the cloth. An old midife recommended this to me. I didn't tend to use it once the kids were older as you need to be careful of them pulling the cloth onto their faces. It more than likely wouldn't do any harm, but better to be safe than sorry. You could probably do a similar thing with the top sheet of a sheet set and use a water bottle to spray a mist over the top. Just enough to give the little ones a sense of coolness.

Janet - posted on 06/02/2009

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Hi there! I live in South Africa, and do pretty much the same as Sarah has mentioned. Also, lots of cool baths!

Sarah - posted on 06/02/2009

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We live in the tropical part of Australia and it gets hot - really HOT here. During the summer months my children wear next to nothing. On really hot days we just have them in a diaper 24hrs a day and nothing else. The kids both have fans in their rooms that move the air around pretty good and we keep them well hydrated with constant fluids.



Keeping their curtains pulled in their rooms also reduces the heat. During the summer their curtains aren't open at all. The night time coolness seems to stay in their rooms better when the curtains are closed. Our house is insulated so during the summer it isn't too bad inside the house.



We also use only 100% cotton sheets on the beds during summer. They are cooler and breath better than cotton/nylon.



My sister brought a portable air cooler to help her kids sleep, but they aren't cheap.



As long as your child isn't over dressed - toddlers particularly get hot easy as they are on the move so much and also if you keep up their fluids they wont over heat.

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