Baby sweating at night

Toddler Night Sweats are totally normal, babies struggle to regulate their temperature properly and for that reason many babies start to sweat during the night.

Babies tend to sweat in particular during the deep sleep phases, and as they spend more time in these phases than adults or older children, they tend to sweat more

When a baby is starting to overheat they can’t solve the issue like an adult, taking off their clothes or blanket, so it’s key to help babies keep the best temperature for sleep. If your child is sweating excessively make sure to seek medical advice.

Toddler night sweats —why babies sweat at night?

There are many different reasons why your baby might be sweating at night including;

  1. Staying in the same sleep position: babies do not move as much at night while they are in their deep sleep. Due to being in the same position for a while the baby’s body temperature may rise.
  2. Sweat glands: Babies sweat glands are located close to their head. Since their head is the body part that moves the least at night it sweats a lot.
  3. Baby sleep suits and blankets: Many parents are afraid that their baby will get cold at night so start layering with blankets on top of the baby pajamas.
  4. Too high room temperature: Similar to adults, the room temperature can determine the body temperature during the night, and if too warm result in body sweating. Ventilation in the room is key! 

How to get baby to sleep better?

Though sweating at night is very common and normal it’s still important to help your baby keep the ideal sleeping temperature. There are a few easy actions you can take to help your baby sleep at night

  1. Comfortable room temperature: the bed room temperature should be 20-22 °C (68° to72°F) to ensure that your baby neither gets too hot nor too cold during the night.
  2. The right baby sleepwear: your baby pajamas should be light and breathable so that excess heat is released during the night but your baby still remains comfortably warm. You also want to make sure that the baby pjs are as comfortable as possible without any disturbing seams or rough surfaces. During the night the blood flow to our skin increases so we are more sensitive to touch and discomfort.
  3. Light blanket: if need be use a light blanket but avoid layering up stacks of blankets on your baby as this will almost certainly leading to overheating later during the night.
  4. Space in the bed: Don’t place too many toys or blankets next to your baby during the night, to ensure more air and less clutter surrounding your baby.

If your toddler has night sweats a lot at night hydration will become even more important than normally. Make sure that your baby drinks plenty to make up for any fluid loss during the night.