Sleeping on Hot Nights

Mary - posted on 08/09/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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We don't have an air conditioning in our home, and it gets really hot here at night, which has made things difficult for Sadie Rose. She was once sleeping through the night, but now, she wakes up 2 or 3 times a night. We have a fan on her, but then I worry that she gets too cold. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Fleur - posted on 08/09/2009

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Not sure how hot it gets there - do you have a thermometer? Back in June Daniel (who was around 5 months then) and I were visiting with family in Barbados and it was around 29C indoors at night - which is waaayyy higher than he is used to living in Scotland. Anyway, we played around alot with different clothes / bedding combos and fans / air con - what a nightmare.

The best of all combos was a 0.5 tog sleeping bag (essentially a sheet) with a short sleeved t-shirt on him, a fan circulating the air but not directed on him and the aircon set at 27C exactly. For the rest of the time when we had no aircon, the same clothing combo seemed to work with ceiling fan on slowish and a standing fan on med pointing past his bed but not on him.

That said, it depends on the child. My nieces who live there sleep in pjs (long sleeved sleepsuit as little babies) and a fan on full blast with the air flowing on them (but with the fan about 5m away.

I guess all you can do is play about with options. Incidentally, how old is she? We have discovered the hard way that around the 6 month mark, they seem to go a bit nutty with sleeping patterns anyway because their little bodies just want to move all of the time.

Good luck anyway.

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Mary - posted on 08/09/2009

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Thanks everyone for the tips. I think we may have found some solutions, and last night, she slept from 11:00 to 5:00. Mommy was very happy this morning!

H.J - posted on 08/09/2009

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Fans only help with the sweat you produce to give air to cool you naturally the same as if there is a slight breeze. If the body gets too cold then it will stop sweating to stop the body getting too cold. It will just create a cool breeze. The fan doesn't cool anything down it just creates circulation of the air in the room creating a breeze. Keep the fan on a circulate cycle to circulate the air not just on Sadie. Keep her in a singlet and nappy or t-shirt and have a thin sheet over her. Do exactly for her what you would do for your self!

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from what ive heard babies are happier in cooler temperaters rather than hotter ones. i live in the tropics so same problem for me (well will be when we hit the wet season... gross!!)... i guess as long as her chest is covered she would be okay under a fan. i assume she would wake up and complain if she was too cold.

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