Swaddling Baby in Hot Temperatures

Get the tips you need to swaddle your baby even when it is hot outside. Your baby needs to be able to be swaddled to sleep well, and this post will help you do so!

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I recently asked on Facebook about your concerns for summer months–any and all concerns. One mom posted a concern about swaddling her baby during the heat of the summer. So many of you shared great ideas and products that I had to consolidate it all into a post so it wouldn’t get lost on Facebook!

How to Swaddle Your Baby When it is Hot Outside

Young babies sleep so much better when swaddled. But no one sleeps well when they are super hot. You want to be able to swaddle your baby for as long as she needs it and not stop just because it is hot.

Here are some ideas.

Lower the temperature in the room. My girls were all swaddled for a time during the summer. My personal way to fix this was to keep the room cool enough for the baby to be swaddled and be comfortable.

Use light-weight swaddle blankets. I also used light-weight swaddle blankets.

The Aden By aden + anais Muslin Swaddle Blanket is a lightweight swaddle blanket that was highly recommended. Woombie Air Ventilated Baby Swaddle is a product designed to avoid over-heating and this one is for summer Woombie Summer Onesie. Anna&Eve Swaddle Strap was also recommended. This is great because it just swaddled the arms so your entire baby’s body is not covered. Most swaddle blankets have a lightweight version. You could also use a flat sheet.

Dress lighter. Use your swaddle blanket with just a diaper under it. This is one idea I had when contemplating the difficulty. Use whatever swaddle blanket you like and wear only a diaper with it for sleeping.

Control temperature of room. This is something I do and did. Have the nursery be between 65-75 degrees. This might mean getting a fan or turning up the AC more this summer than your normally would.

Leave legs free when swaddled. This way the baby won’t be so hot. A few of the blankets linked in the “lightweight blanket” section above are designed for that, so check them out!

Stop Swaddling/Start Weaning. One comment offered was to just stop swaddling. Many people shared this sentiment. “It may take a few nights, but [your child] will adjust. I promise,” offered Renee. Stopping the swaddle is definite viable possibility. I don’t think this is the right answer for every baby out there–I think some need to be swaddled longer. There are some products to help gently wean from a swaddle–Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit is one and Zipadee-zip is another. Zipadee-zip was highly, highly applauded on this thread, so check that out if you are looking for a weaning blanket. You can find it at https://zipadeezip.com/

Conclusion

Do the best you can to keep your baby in the swaddle if she still needs it. If you can’t do that and keep her cool enough, work to drop the swaddle and do what you need to in order to get solid sleep from her. Make sure you are very aware of my sleep hierarchy so you know what to prioritize with sleep.

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3 thoughts on “Swaddling Baby in Hot Temperatures”

  1. Hello! I have been reading your blog ever since my son was bornWe are trying to transition out of swaddle, as my son is almost 5 months old. He is currently in the Merlin suit, which is doing really well with. However, he gets babysat a couple times a week and I cannot control how cool they will keep their house. So I feel like now that its 100 degrees ( I am in So Cal) I need to get him out. I have tried with naps a couple times, and he just isn't having it. I did jammies and a sleep sack wrapped around his tummy. Is there another way to transition out of merlin suit? Should I just stick it out a couple days and hope he gets use to it?

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  2. If you are in a position where he needs to stop being swadddled, I think your best bet is to just go for it and hope for the best. You will also need to accept that if he isn't quite ready to not be swaddled, sleep will not be as good for a while, but at some point, he should get used to the non-swaddle and sleep normal again.

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