Top Tips for Staying Cool in the Heat

It’s hot out there Alameda County! We know many homes don’t have air conditioning or can’t afford running air conditioning 24/7 to keep your home cool. In normal times we would escape to a movie theater or mall, but because of the pandemic, our homes are our only option.  Our bodies and minds cannot handle extreme heats and still be clear-headed and able to parent. Luckily, we’ve compiled a few hot takes on how to keep your house cool during the summer and especially during heatwaves! 


At the end of these tips, we will cover some important suggestions for Safe Sleep for your infant to help them regulate their temperature while they sleep in a warm home. 


Tip 1: Stay Hydrated 

Hydration is important regardless of the reading on the thermometer, but especially when you are trying to regulate your body temperature. The temp of the water is not so important, as your body will naturally regulate it, so if you are sensitive to cold water, you can still stay hydrated! Make sure it’s not just you staying hydrated, kiddos need to be drinking extra water throughout the day to help regulate temperature as well. If you are breastfeeding an infant, no need to add water into the rotation, but you may need to breastfeed more, especially if it stays hot at night. 


Tip 2: Apply Cold Washcloths on your Neck and Wrists

If you are really feeling the heat, or if your kids are getting overwhelmed with the heat, grab a washcloth or towel and run it under cold water. Even if you’re hot all over, it’s best to apply your washrag to your neck or wrists, blood vessels are closest to the skin in these areas and will help you cool down faster. 


Tip 3: Fans, Fans, Fans

Do you have a standing fan or box fan? Move that air around!! While box fans facing out of the windows are most effective as they blow hot air out, an exhaust fan (like the one above your stove or in the bathroom) can help as well! 


Tip 4: Is it still too hot? 

Sometimes all the tips and techniques are simply not enough. Luckily, Alameda County has some local Heat Cooling Centers, even during the pandemic. Check out the list HERE


Safe Sleep in the Heat

Your babies cannot regulate their temperature on their own and during this hot summer month, it’s important to help them keep cool. The range that is perfect for sleeping or playing is between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. For more specific information you can read more HERE, but here are our top ideas: 

  • Use a cool, not cold cloth to keep the skin from overheating 
  • Get a handheld misting fan, for when your infant is overheated 
  • If the heat in your house is unbearable, consider getting in a car that has air conditioning or find a local cooling center
  • If possible get a fan for your infant’s room to keep the air circulating 


During these hot nights, when you want to know the safest version of sleeping for your infant, you can always call the Parenting Stress Helpline at 1-800-829-3777.