Babies and the weather, a never changing issue in the UK and especially this year with our very strange summer. Too hot, too cold, too many layers, not enough. This particularly a concern at night with little ones and the recommendations can be hard to follow when your instinct says different. The key is to not let your baby become to hot or cover their head in bed. Babies can't regulate their own temperature for several months after birth and as they don't sweat, and have no way of reducing their temperature naturally. They are very much dependent on us to help them and cold hands are not an indication of a cold baby, you need to feel their back or tummy to know their true temperature.
But what if your baby likes to be swaddled? How do you swaddle and not over heat them in the summer? Many of the commercial swaddles which are readily available are made from jersey knit or light weight fleece and whilst these are ok for the rest of the year they are just too hot for the summer months.
A really great idea is a muslin swaddle which is an over size muslin, large enough to wrap baby up in until they are about 6 months old. Being so light weight you can wrap it over them several times and still not be over heating them even on the hottest nights. Other than the muslin, they just need a sleeveless vest or perhaps just a nappy on those nights where even breathing makes an adult sweat.