July is hot in the humid South Carolina. How to stay cool?
Tip #1: This year it “clicked” with me that the fabrics make a huge difference. My active one-year-old boy always seems warm. I noticed that on some days he was particularly hot to the touch. Turns out, those were the days that his t-shirt was a poly/cotton blend. Synthetic fibers like polyester, spandex and nylon simply do not breath as well as natural fibers such as cotton, bamboo and linen. Plus, all those synthetic fabrics use oil resources and don’t biodegrade as well as natural fibers (read: not eco-friendly). I’ve purged my children’s summer wardrobes of sweaty synthetics and am working on my wardrobe too. Be sure that your sheets are natural and your baby’s swaddling blanket is a lightweight cotton. The muslin blankets by Aden and Anais (available at EuphoriaBaby.com) are a great choice.
Tip #2: Raise your thermostat! Do you keep your indoor air temperature the same all year long? That’s crazy! Ok, I do understand that you want to be comfortable, but you would save so much money and energy by allowing your indoor air temperature to reflect the season. I have found that we’re actually more comfortable during hot summer months if we don’t keep our indoor air temp in the 70’s. We used to keep our thermostat at 78 in the summer. The next summer we did 80 and this summer it’s 82. We’re perfectly comfortable indoors at 82 this summer; whereas we would have been dying at 80 in the past. Bottom line: your body adjusts to the “norm” temperature. If you set your indoor temp higher, than it’ll be that much easier to tolerate outdoor temperatures because they won’t be such a shock to your system.