It’s July and although we’re still experiencing the occasional rainy summer spell, the weather can be extremely hot and humid when it comes to bed time.
Here are 10 ideas to keep your little ones (and not so little ones!) cool and content during the night, whether you’re at home or abroad this summer.
1) BrrrrrEEZEY BEDROOMS
An hour before bed, open all bedroom windows and make sure that all doors are open between rooms to increase the circulation of cool air around the house.
2) FROSTY FANS
Position a fan in the middle of the bedroom, (you might need an extension lead for this!) and set the fan in a “non oscillating” fashion to ensure maximum flow of cool air directed towards the sleeping child.
3) ICY AIR-CON
If you have a pedestal fan (a fan with a long adjustable middle stand), simply wrap ice in a wet towel and secure with string on each end, suspend the ice pack in between two chairs in front of the fan and voila ! A home made air con! Strange but effective! (You will also need to position a bowl underneath to catch the water from the melted ice!)
4) SNOOZY BEDSHEETS
Use bedsheets minus the duvet as a lightweight comfort cover! It will keep kids cool and also prevent a midnight chill.
5) DREAMY DRINKS
Staying hydrated is key during long, hot, summer nights because we sweat lots! Keeping a frozen bottle of water next to the bed ensures that if anyone wakes up during the night they’ll have a refreshingly cool drink to take a sip of.
6) POWDER SNOW PILLOWS
30 mins before bedtime, place pillows and bed sheets in a few plastic bags and put them in the freezer, the plastic bags prevent ice from forming on the fabric so that beds can be made instantly before lights out. Effective, amazing and instantly cooling!
7) BATH-OMETRE BEDTIMES
A tepid bath slightly lower than your body temperature before bed is the best way to gradually cool down kids as part of a summer time bed time routine.
8) COTTON COOL
If pyjamas are being used (opposed to maybe just pants and nappy) – cotton is the best material to keep kids cool during those high humidity nights.
9) DOZEY DAMP CLOTHS
Have a damp cloth on hand to wipe down sweaty brows, necks and hairlines to instantly relieve hot and sticky sleepers.
10) SOOTHING SPITZ SPRAY
Use an empty and clean spray bottle containing icy cold water to spritz and keep kids cool and comfortable throughout the night.