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After a slow start to the summer, the temperatures are finally on the rise. But new and expectant mums know that those longed-for sunny summer days bring hot and sticky summer nights – and there is nothing more delicate than the optimum temperature for a new baby. Joie has put together some top tips for keeping your baby safe during hotter temperatures, whether you are staying at home or heading off on holiday. 

Find the perfect room temperature:

The last thing you want is for your baby to get too hot – a high temperature comes with an increase risk, so you want to make sure that the room your baby is sleeping in is nice and cool – preferably between 16 and 20 degrees. This is going to be harder to achieve during the warmer weather so as long as it is safe to do so, leave the window open or use a fan to bring the temperature down – it’s important to make sure the fan isn’t directed onto little one though. A room thermometer will help give you some peace of mind. 

Keep it light:

If it’s difficult to keep your baby’s room cool, try using light weight bedding and clothing. If your little one prefers a sleep bag, these have a tog rating to give you guidance on what to use for each season. The Joie roomie glideTM is ideal for keeping your little one cool with its double mesh windows on both sides providing plenty of ventilation – and as a bedside crib, it allows you the peace of mind that comes with having your little one close at hand throughout the night. It’s easy to pack up and transport as well making it the ideal option if you are hoping to get away. Babies should always be placed on their back on a firm, flat mattress when they are sleeping. If you are planning on going away and using a travel cot, make sure it is positioned away from any sources of heat, like a radiator or direct sunlight, and be aware of hazards such as blind cords. Travel cots usually have mattresses that are thinner but don’t be tempted to put anything over the top to make it more comfortable as this could be a hazard.  

On the road:

On longer journeys you should take regular breaks so that you can take your little one out of their car seat. The best position for baby is to be lying flat and there are now a number of car seats on the market that offer a near flat recline. The i-LevelTM from Joie reclines to 157keeping littles one’s spine aligned and improving their oxygen levels. 

Out and about: 

When you’re out and about on a hot sunny day, there is always the temptation to pop a blanket or a muslin over your baby’s pram to keep the sun off them. What this actually does is prevents the air from circulating which can lead to overheating as well as creating a barrier between you and baby, stopping you from being able to check on them. The Joie touristTM has a full size UPF50+ canopy with an eyeshade visor to keep your little one protected – while the viewing window makes it nice and easy for you to keep an eye on your mischievous munchkin. 

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