There are many things to love about the summer, but non-stop hot weather can definitely start to take its toll. To keep the kids from getting too cranky, knowing how to stay cool when it’s hot out becomes super important.

We’ve rounded up some simple ways to beat the summer heat and still enjoy all the fun that the season has to offer.

Swap Out Sheets & Comforters

The lighter the better when it comes to summer linens—and we're not talking colors. Toss the down comforters into the closet and opt for more breathable sheets (the lower count, the better) and light blankets that provide just enough coverage without being claustrophobic. Stay with 100 percent cotton if at all possible, and stow that extra top sheet in your kids' closet for the summer months.

Shower Before Bed

Sometimes you need help lowering your body temp and a cool shower can do the trick. Before letting the kids climb into bed for the night, rinse them off in the shower to cool down—and get rid of all that sweat! Avoid the temptation to turn up the heat, as it'll just keep you or your kiddos sweating long after you've emerged from the shower.

Keep Windows Closed & Shades Drawn

Whether you're heading down the highway on a hot summer day, or trying to keep your home temperate, keeping the windows closed and the curtains drawn tight will help keep everyone cool. Think twice before opening a window for ventilation––you'll mostly just be letting in sweltering air that will make you sticky before it ever makes you feel cool.

Keep your car windows closed and the AC cranked, and at home close up shop before the weather gets hot to keep the cool morning air in as long as possible. One more tip––invest in some good black out curtains—especially for bedrooms—to the reflect the hot sun and keep your room even more cool.

Dress For Less

Loose and cotton-based clothing is the way to go for hot summer days and nights. Avoid synthetic materials that don't breathe well and stick to as much cotton as possible. Avoid tight-fitting garments that can collect sweat and don't dry quickly.

Less is more in the evening so stick to nightgowns and T-shirts with undies for the kids for a more comfortable night's sleep.

Stay Hydrated

The human body regulates itself constantly to maintain a 98.6-degree body temperature through sweating, and when it becomes dehydrated it can struggle to do so. Staying hydrated is key to staying cool, so your body has enough fuel to produce sweat that decreases the body as it dries on the skin.

When it's hot, go above and beyond with drinking water and fluids to give your body the opportunity to thermoregulate. At night, keep a water bottle by your kids' beds—and yours, too!

Use Cooling Products

Staying cool when you have access to air conditioning is one thing, but battling the elements is a whole other issue. Whether you're at the beach, on a hike or just live in an old house without air conditioning, cooling products can help lower your body temperature and make you comfortable. Basic ice packs, cooling towels, handheld misting fans and cold compresses are easy ways to lower your body temps no matter where you are.

And for the kids, an extra Popsicle (or two) on those super hot days is a great summer treat!

Get Some Personal Space

Whether you're trying to catch some Z's, sitting in a beach chair at the shore or hiking up a mountain, try and enjoy some personal space without anyone else touching you. As a parent, this can be pretty difficult—especially if you have a baby—but constantly touching another person only increases your body temp. Take breaks if you're wandering the great outdoors and take babies out of backpacks or carriers to cool down.

At the very least, try and snag some sleep in your bed alone, or at least without all the kids cozied up next to you, sweating like crazy. The more well-rested you are, the better you'll be able to handle the sweltering weather!

––Karly Wood

Feature Photo: Andrew Seaman via Unsplash

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