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Is my baby going to be too hot?

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sadmum2017 Fri 26-May-17 20:10:49

DS is 5 weeks old, first only child so we're still pretty clueless. Bit of a heat wave here and our bedroom is currently 27 degrees, lounge isn't much better. DS is in nappy only and wrapped in a Gro Swaddle. No blankets. He has to be swaddled or he wakes up continually and scratches/hits himself in the face. I've uncovered his legs. DH came home tonight with a tower fan and an air conditioning thing that you put water in. It's not making a huge difference at the moment. We've tried all day to keep the sun out and all the windows open. Is this too hot for a baby? What else can we do?

Thank you in advance.

ODog Fri 26-May-17 20:47:38

DS was born during a very hot summer. I usually had him sleep in a short sleeve vest with a cellular blanket. Not swaddled. I never swaddled either of mine but I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable swaddling a tiny baby in 27 degree temps. I wouldn't worry about air conditioning units and the like (babies sleep in far hotter climates than this). Just loosen or lose the swaddle and put him in a vest/nothing and a thin blanket.

NapQueen Fri 26-May-17 20:48:47

If you have ice, put a bowl of it just under the fan. It chills the air above which is then blown into the room.

BuzzKillington Fri 26-May-17 20:52:14

Is there another room in the house you could sleep in with him that's not so hot?

27 degrees is too hot, as you know. I wouldn't swaddle him either.

Alwayshungryforcrisps Fri 26-May-17 20:53:55

I wouldn't swaddle In this heat either, sorry sad I would just leave in nappy and light muslin/cellular, and prepare for a night of little sleep

tissuesosoft Fri 26-May-17 20:54:48

The only way I can keep rooms cool is to keep the curtains and windows shut during the day- no direct sunlight and hot air coming through. Then when the temp cools in the evening I open up the windows to let the breeze in. I would lose the swaddle. Last summer DD just slept in a short sleeved vest with blanket on top

sadmum2017 Fri 26-May-17 20:55:21

Thanks, I have ice so I'll pop a bowl of it by the fan. He's pretty loosely swaddled, he usually manages to get his arms out of it eventually which is why we don't use the Gro Swaddle often! He's just in his nappy underneath and his bare legs are out too.

Wolfiefan Fri 26-May-17 20:56:03

Can you swaddle in a muslin? I would lie mine on one and tuck it round the outside of arms and then between arms and chest. Stops the flailing.

2014newme Fri 26-May-17 20:56:59

I wouldn't swaddle in ma bedroom with 27 degrees 🙄
Hire a portable air con unit

sadmum2017 Fri 26-May-17 20:58:55

Ok, I've unswaddled and just put a cotton sheet over. Thanks folks.

chocolateisnecessary Fri 26-May-17 21:12:09

I'd go nappy only, and open all the windows if you can. It's baking!

turdpants Fri 26-May-17 21:18:35

How hot does he feel? I've got my 10mth in a single layer of cotton pyjamas (separate top and bottoms) when he wiggles his tummy pokes out and he's a comfortable temperature with no socks or blanket our room slightly cooler at 22*c. People have babies in alot hotter climates than the UK just dress him so he's a nice temperature, don't stress about the room temperature it's the baby's temperature that matters

TisapityshesaGeordie Fri 26-May-17 21:25:28

My DS was born during a very hot summer and still swaddled - the midwives started it while we were still in hospital and he slept brilliantly so I kept it up. Thin swaddles though.

CatsCantFlyFast Fri 26-May-17 21:28:53

It's that hot in our house and my youngest is in just a sleeveless vest - no covers. She doesn't feel too hot (despite the fact I'm sweltering), she's not sweating or warm to the touch.

If the swaddle is what helps him sleep perhaps strip him to a nappy when he next wakes and use a thin sheet or muslin ticket very very tightly under the mattress for a similar effect. You can always add layers if they get too cold but it's harder to take layers off without disturbing them

sadmum2017 Fri 26-May-17 21:33:17

I'm trying to be rational about it, lots of babies live in hot places with no air con!

LouHotel Sat 27-May-17 10:42:13

My LO was born june 18th last year and around 5 weeks late we had that freak weather. Our bedroom was 32 degrees so we slept downstairs in the living room which was slightly better at 26 degree. DD slept in tshirt, nappy and muslin over her legs.

Someone at my DH works gave us a brilliant tip which is to leave the loft door open as it will allow the hot air to rise out of the bedroom quicker along with keeping curtains close and windows open either side of the house so cool air can travel through.

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