When summertime first begins, we’re often so excited for the longer, sunnier, warmer days. But we often forget that at the height of summer comes the height of the heat. We might adore these upper ranges of temperatures for little ones, it can be hard to regulate temperatures. It’s imperative to consider what our kids wear during the hotter months.
Toddlers and young kids need some help to stay cool on hot summer nights. So, what pajamas should kids wear during hot weather at night? How do we keep our children cool and comfortable during summer? We'll get to that. First, here is what to look to know if you've got an issue:
Spotting the Signs of Overheating in Kids
How do we know if our little ones are overheating, especially our babies, when they can’t tell us? Here are some tips to keep them cool no matter what time of day and signs that should prompt you to visit a pediatrician.
1- Use your senses.
Using your senses when you evaluate whether or not you think your kid is overheating. Using your hand, touch their skin to see if they feel warmer than usual. Look for any unusual redness in their face and note whether or not they are displaying any familiar signs of discomfort or distress.
Symptoms of overheating often align with the symptoms of fever or dehydration in kids. Since young kids may not sweat much in general, your little one may get overheated from their environment without appearing to be sweating.
Pay attention to whether or not your little one:
- Feels hot (with or without fever)
- Looks flushed and red
- Is sweating or has damp hair (though remember babies can be overheated without sweating)
- Is acting very fussy or restless
- Has an elevated heart rate (tachycardia)
- Appears overly tired, sluggish, or listless
- Seems confused, weak, or dizzy
- Feels nauseous or is vomiting
Spotting the Signs of heatstroke in kids
- Elevated body temperature, between 100˚ and 104˚ Fahrenheit
- Cool, or cold and clammy skin despite the heat
- Goode bumps even in the heat
- Fainting, dizziness, or weakness
- Increased sweating
- Increased thirst
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea and or vomiting
Children may be at higher risk for heat exhaustion if they:
- Are overweight
- Taking certain medications
- Already have a sunburn
- Are getting over an illness or still sick
How To Keep Your Kids From Overheating
Ideally, at night, before you begin your bedtime routine, you’ll want your kid’s room temperature between 68 and 72˚F (Or 20 to 22˚C). This range is both appropriate for summer and winter.
Of course, this can be not easy to maintain during a heatwave or if you do not have access to an air conditioner or a central A/C unit.
- Lower your child’s room temperature to below 75°F (23.8°C). If you are without air conditioning, you can use a fan. Make sure not to point it directly on very young babies turned up to a high setting. Set it up to oscillate (move back and forth) or point it in such a way as to help circulate air around the room.
- If your child’s room can’t get cool enough, try temporarily moving your child’s sleep space to the coolest part of your home. Otherwise, consider keeping heavy blackout curtains shut to keep out as much heat and sunlight and dress your children in the suitable fabric and few layers.
What Pajamas Should Kids Wear During Hot Weather?
The first and most important aspect of choosing pajamas for your baby, toddler, or child to wear during hot weather is the material of the pajama. You must avoid synthetic fabrics. Synthetics are more prone to not being breathable, trapping the heat instead of letting it evaporate or be carried through clothing and away from your child.
One of the best fabrics for summertime heat is 100% cotton pajamas. For the very young, 100% cotton onesies or creepers with short sleeves and bare legs is an excellent pajama for a very young child. Arms and legs remain bare at night to cool them down, while the cotton allows their skin to breathe.
Cotton is also a moisture absorber, meaning if baby sweats at night, the sweat is carried away from their skin to evaporate in the air. Cotton is also super strong yet incredibly soft. Cotton fibers are less abrasive than many synthetic fibers, such as polyester, for example. Additionally, cotton is perfect for babies, toddlers, and kids with sensitive skin as it is so much softer than many synthetics.
For toddlers and pre-K, or young kids in general, you’ll want to ensure their bedtime pajamas are the same material of 100% cotton as well. To help keep your kids feeling cooler and comfortable, skip the long sleeves or leggings and go straight for the PJ Shorts sets made from 100% cotton to keep them from overheating at night.
We know how much you love your little ones and your family. It’s why it’s as important to us at LazyOne we offer premium, pure cotton pajamas for your babies (no matter how old they are) to remain ultra-cozy and cool during the sweltering months of heatwaves. We hope we’ve been able to help you keep you and yours safer, happier, and healthier!