How to keep baby safe when sleeping during hot weather

Advice for parents to keep baby safe when sleeping during hot weather.  

  • It is important to make sure that baby is kept at a comfortable temperature – not too hot or too cold.
  • Overheating increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS.) With excess wrapping, babies may be unable to cool down and can become heat-stressed
  • Avoid co-sleeping with your baby. Do not sleep in the same bed and never sleep on a sofa or armchair with your baby. This increases the chance of SIDS and is particularly dangerous.
  • Keep baby’s room temperature at 16-20°C, with light bedding or a lightweight well-fitting baby sleeping bag and use a room thermometer in the rooms where your baby sleeps
  • Open internal doors and windows, so a natural, flowing breeze is created but avoid air conditioning, as it can be dehydrating (dry out)
  • The heat can sometimes make us lethargic, which is quite natural, so don’t get too worried unless: you have problems rousing baby, baby appears floppy or displays odd behaviour.
  • The safest place for baby to sleep is on their own sleep surface, such as a simple mattress in a cot with no loose bedding or bumpers, in the same room as you, for at least the first six months.
  • If used, make sure that sheets are firmly tucked in but not above baby’s shoulder height
  • Make sure baby’s head is not covered by clothing or bedding
  • If it is too warm for bedding, dress baby appropriately, just a nappy and vest may be sufficient and remove all loose covers from the cot
  • Lay baby in the feet-to-foot (feet at foot end of cot) position, and remember the following:
    • No pillows or duvets in your babies cot;
    • Be sure to remove any soft toys from the cot before each sleep period;
    • No Cot bumpers;
    • No loose bedding including sheets, blankets or throws;
    • No products designed to keep a baby in one sleeping position such as wedges or straps.
    • Avoid plastic/ vinyl mattress covers

These key messages can also be found on the lullaby trust website – www.lullabytrust.org.uk