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How Warmer Temps Affect Baby’s Sleep

Expert tips on keeping baby safe during summer sleep.

How Warmer Temps Affect Baby’s Sleep

Summer can be a tricky season to keep a baby sleeping safely and comfortably. Those little babies of ours have a hard time regulating their body temperatures as well as us adults. And they have an especially tough time during a season filled with alternating blasts of air conditioning and intense heat-rays of sun.

Why all the fuss? Sleep temperature is a safety issue: when babies are hot, they have a harder time arousing, which can increase the risk of SIDS. But temperature is also about comfort, which can mean the difference between baby getting peaceful shut-eye or pulling an all-nighter. When body temperature dips at night (as it’s naturally inclined to do), it not only triggers the brain to get ready for sleep, but also results in deeper, better sleep. So keeping baby’s head nice and cool, and keeping his or her room temperature between the ideal 65 and 70 degrees, is key to the best night of baby (and, ahem, your) sleep.

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Luckily, there are plenty of temperature regulating tricks and gear that can help your baby sleep like, well, a baby. Bedgear’s new Baby Performance Bedding line, for example, uses heat and moisture-wicking fabric technologies to help children regulate temperature and drift off to dreamland without a sweat. Before you head off into the hot and sticky summer, bedgear Pediatric sleep consultant Ingrid Prueher shares how you can get baby to sleep safe and sound no matter what your situation.

Situation 1: The AC in our nursery goes on and off all night, which means that the temperature fluctuates. How do I make sure that baby stays comfortable throughout the night?

In situations like this, I recommend that you use the AC during the day and fans all night to keep the temperature consistent. The on and off of the AC noise, and the fluctuation of the temperature in the room, will wake the baby up all night long. I would also recommend using bedgear Ver-Tex® temperature regulating waterproof crib mattress protector that deflects heat and repels moisture so baby sleeps cool dry and at the ideal temperature.

Situation 2: Baby loves to naps in the stroller. It’s 85 degrees and sunny out. What precautions should I take to keep baby from overheating?

Though the baby has learned to take naps in the stroller, it would be worth it to teach the baby to sleep in their home sleep environment instead on a more consistent basis. Since we live on the east coast, we know that we are not fortunate to have great weather all year round. This makes it impossible for the caregivers to provide a nap for the baby every day outside. If the caretakers had to leave the home environment during sleep times, I would recommend covering the stroller in a shade to protect him or her from UV rays and dressing the baby properly with just a onesie and a diaper. Ideally, the baby will not be exposed to the sun for long periods of time, and the caregiver will do everything to try to keep the baby in shaded areas during rest times.

Situation 3: We are going on a trip and don’t know the sleeping situation yet — it may be a house with no AC or a hotel with a strong AC unit. How can I prepare for any sleeping temperature, especially when I can’t control it?

I would recommend looking into fan or AC rentals in the area, just in case. If you cannot find one, it would be worth it to see if there is a hardware store nearby that sells fans. Depending on where you are going, the temperature of the destination maybe cool at night, and you can always end up opening the window to let in fresh air if the AC gets too cold. The key is the layers of clothing. The best way to gauge if the baby is too hot or too cold is to feel the tip of the nose and hands. If the hands are too cold, add another layer of clothing. If the baby is sweating, then strip down more.

Situation 4: We are co-sleeping with baby, adding body heat to the already high temps. How do I make sure baby doesn’t get too hot in our bed?

When bed sharing, it's imperative that safety precautions be taken if the child is under one year, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The bed mattress should be placed on the floor, and use bedgear Dri-Tec® moisture wicking performance sheets. These breathable performance sheets wick away heat and moisture and regulate the body's temperature. I would also recommend using fans in the room if AC is not available. It's ideal if the baby is wearing a onesie with a diaper, especially if the room is too hot. You can go to the extent of having the baby only in a diaper, if need be.

To learn more about how to help baby sleep better all year round, join bedgear baby and Ingrid Prueher, Fox & Friends Sleep Expert and Host of Parent.com “Baby Sleep 911" web TV series on May 1st from 12pm to 3pm for a Q&A at the buybuy BABY store located on 270 7th avenue New York, NY 10001.

*We are so grateful when brands support our content and community. This post was sponsored by bedgear.

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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.



Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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