Close Close
Mother and Baby

8 Genius Ways To Help Your Baby Sleep Through On Summer Nights

The hotter weather can make the days more fun (helloooo beach trips and al fresco dining) but the nights less so. Because of the lighter evenings and the temperature rise, it can mean your tot doesn’t sleep as well – leaving you both cranky. But there are ways you can help your tot get a good – and safe – night’s kip…


Expand Image

Use summer bedding

Swap your baby’s sleeping bag for a lightweight sheet to help him stay cool at night. ‘Keep nightwear and bedding light and use a natural and breathable fabric as it will help your baby not to get too hot,’ says Annie Simpson from Infant Sleep Consultant. [Corbis]
Expand Image

Create a breeze

Keeping the windows open throughout your home will create a nice cool breeze that will help keep your little one cool. If you leave in a ground floor flat or you’re worried about your tot climbing out of the window, then use a fan to keep the temperature down. Keep it on a high shelf or windowsill with the cable out of your child’s reach and make sure it’s not directly pointing at him, so he doesn’t get too cold. [Alamy]
Expand Image

Invest in blackout blinds

The lighter evenings may make it harder to settle your little one, so putting up some blackout blinds will help your tot remember it’s time to sleep. Just be sure to invest in cordless blinds. [Corbis]
Expand Image

Try a cool bath

On really hot days, include a cool bath into your child’s bedtime routine. ‘A cool bath is a lovely idea at the end of the day, it is the beginning of the “wind down” process and signals to your little one that it is nearly time for bed,’ Annie explains. Relaxing your tot before they go to sleep will also regulate his body temperature so he’s cooler. [Corbis]
Expand Image

Monitor the temperature

Use a thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature of the room. ‘An ideal temperature is between 18-22 degrees,’ says Annie. ‘But be sensible about it, if you child feels chilly, add a layer and if he feels clammy, remove one.’ [Corbis]
Expand Image

Shut the curtains during the day

But keep the windows open, if possible. This will help keep the temperature lower for when your child goes to bed. [Corbis]
How To Ensure Your Cot Is Safe For Your Baby Expand Image How To Ensure Your Cot Is Safe For Your Baby

Stick to his usual bed time

As tempting as it is to let your child stay up a little later when the evenings are later, keep his bed time the same. ‘Remember he’s looking to you for guidance with setting a gentle but consistent bedtime,’ says Annie. [Corbis]
Expand Image

If all else fails…

Have a family camp out on the lounge floor on unbearable nights. The lower level of your house will be cooler than the higher one as heat rises. [Corbis]

Do you have any other great summer sleep tips? Share them in the comments box below.

Related content:


No comments have been made yet.

Chinese Gender predictor
Chinese Gender Predictor

Is it a boy or a girl? Tell our tool the month you concieved and how old you are and find out! 

Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby
Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby

Read Dr Pixie's guide to learn how to deal with nappy rash

The Magic Sleepsuit
The secret to a quiet night’s sleep – The Magic Sleepsuit

If you’re little one is struggling to settle now they’ve outgrown the swaddling stage, this could be the answer to your sleep-deprived prayers!

Celebrating parenting's small wins
Celebrating parenting's small wins

As mums, we're constantly told to enjoy every moment; in reality, parenting can sometimes be challenging. That's where small wins come in...

Subscribe to Mother&Baby

Be the best mum you can be and let Mother & Baby guide you along the way. Each issue is jam packed with REAL advice from mums just like you. Subscribe today & get a free welcome gift!

Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculator
Trying for a baby? Work out when you're most fertile to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.
Pregnant woman
Due Date Calculator

When is your baby due? If you’re having trouble remembering dates and counting up the days on your fingers and toes, don’t worry – use our due date calculator.

Get M&B in your inbox!

Sign up to Mother&Baby today and get news and advice about your body and your baby straight to your inbox every week. 

Lemonade Money
It’s time to make sure your loved ones are protected

Every parent knows the importance of planning ahead; from the new school shoes, to your little one’s education, you want to fill their future with hopes and dreams. Yet are you one of the 80% of adults here in the UK that has no life cover?