Ok so I'm probably overly anxious with this being my first pregnancy but just seeing if anyone has any tips. I'm due later on in the summer and worried about the heat for one LO arrives - I know this is England and it'll probably change many times before then, but my apartment is like a sauna - lots of windows and south facing so just magnifies the heat. We keep all the blinds shut during the day and windows open but it doesn't help. I bought a gro egg for when LO arrives and it's currently on 25 degrees in the bedroom at midnight. So is this a problem for little babies? Sorry if this seems a stupid question. Do I need to take extra care with certain aspects? Obviously she won't need as many layers for sleeping, but other than that is there anything that's 'need to know' for newborns in hot weather? Thanks
Yes overheating is a problem for babies as is being too cold. They are unable to regulate their temperature in the way older children can so you do have to be aware of the environmental temperature. That said, if a baby is cold they will cry, unless their hypothermic (!) so that's one extreme covered. If the room is very warm then just strip them down to the bare minimum. That might be just a vest and nappy or just the nappy. Light blankets can be used as well. As mentioned, if they aren't warm enough they will let you know. But don't be afraid to let baby be naked or near naked. Especially indoors. And no hats etc indoors, but that's always, not just if it's warm.
op my 1st son was born in a heatwave, He lived in a nappy and short sleeve vest with a thin blanket, you know the ones with the holes in? I don't know what they are called. We spent alot of time indoors with doors and windows open circulating air. do you have pintrest? there are guides on there for layers in temps that I found useful.
It was 27 degrees when DD was born, I just had her in a vest most of the time and one thin cellular blanket which she kicked off if she got too hot. She is almost 9 months now and currently just in a nappy as she was getting sweaty in even a vest. You can easily check with your fingers on their necks and under their clothes if they feel too hot and just remove layers as appropriate. I discharged us from the hospital after one night as the midwives were insisting she wore 4 layers with blankets and a hat even in the sweltering heat. Just use common sense, and you will be fine, I understand the anxiety though.
DS was born in June and we live in the US and it's hot in the summer (fortunately my house does have AC, but it was still over 30c most days). I felt bad that he never wore all the adorable little sleepsuits and cardis etc that UK family members sent, but he lived in short sleeved vests.
DC2 is due in October so I'm hoping I can get some use out of those clothes this time round