Help!! My 4 year old daughter always wear a winter pajama in this summer heat

United States
July 20, 2011 6:33pm CST
I don't know what's wrong with my 4 yr old.she likes to wear a long sleeves pajama to bed when it's so hot here.I tried to hide all her winter pajamas but she always find it.It's over 90 degrees here and here she is running around with a thick sweater. Do you have any experience like this with your kids?
7 responses
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
20 Jul 11
My daughter tried to wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt to bed a few weeks ago. Right now she is wearing her older brother's t-shirts to bed at night though since it has been so hot out. She will bundle herself up under a bunch of blankets still though, so it does not make it any better.
• United States
21 Jul 11
Yeah that's the same thing she does all the time, bundle up with a thick blanket and getting soak with sweat.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
21 Jul 11
I am mean mommy yet again, and have taken away all but two very thin blankets from her room...including her favorite blankie. I did a mommy lie and said that it was on vacation and that it will come back in a few weeks (when the heat finally breaks) because I have been having to change her sheets everyday because she sweats so much.
@kaylachan (4778)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
20 Jul 11
There are two things that come to mind. Since she's four, she doesn't understand about getting over heated. And, that being so she'd ware the hotter clothes. But, if she did start to get uncomfortable she might take the sweater off herself. However, I doubt that's really that big of an issue. I know people who ware jeans and long sleves in summer. Your four-year-old probably may grow up to be that type who perfers long over short. In which case, get her thinner fabrics to ware or clothes with mesh for breathieability. Second of all, and this is a bit more serious... she may not be feeling the heat and waring the clothes because to her it's cold. She may have the physical inability to diferenate between the two extreames. You should take your child to the doctor and see what he/she recommends you do. Watch for tall tail signs, like... does she sweat because she's waring thicker clothing? Is she less active, are there any other indicators that suggest theroy number two? If she's not sweating more frequently due to the longer sleaved clothes... or is less active due to overheating and tiredness... then she may not feel the heat like you or I do. Conditions like this can develop, and be hard to diagnose, because you were able to control things a bit more tightly. But, now that's she's older... more active in general it'll become obvious soon enough.
• United States
21 Jul 11
She's very active and always run around with her brother and sweat a lot.I just don't like her wearing thick clothing in this heat. she's just a stubborn baby.
@magrylouyu (1632)
• United States
1 Aug 11
She may have 'cold blood'. I would bring her to a doctor to have it checked out. You can never be too sure. If she puts them on right before bed I wouldnt worry too much about it. It's 90 here as well and my 6 year old still wears her footed PJ's to bed. They have an AC in their window but even a fan in the window will keep it comfortable for night sleeping. If she continues this I would personally have her checked to find out if she has any underlying problems. Nobody knows your child better than you.
21 Jul 11
I switch out the winter and summer clothes when it starts getting warmer outside, the winter clothes go in the garage. If its not air conditioned in your house your daughter is going to get overheated!
@diala84 (139)
• United States
21 Jul 11
Maybe you can take her to the store and have her help you pick out some new summer PJ's that she really likes. She be so excited with them that she stops wearing the winter ones for the time being. Otherwise I would just make sure she drinks a lot of water throughout the day and has a fan or A/C in her room to cool her off at night since it sounds like you can't make her wear something else.
@djbtol (5501)
• United States
21 Jul 11
My fisrt reaction would be to not make too big of a deal of it. As you observe her, does she look like she is sweating or over heating? Four year old kids can do strange things. If she is not displaying any medical or health issues, she might be fine. If you are concerned about her overheating, have her drink a bunch of water before she goes to bed. On second thought, scratch that idea.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
21 Jul 11
take two....my daughter is two and a half and going through this phase too, she went so far as to try and squeeze in to 18 month sleeper that she found in a bag of give away stuff. I packed up all winter type stuff in boxes up on high shelves that she cannot get to. I left out a few pairs of leggings and a few long sleeved light weight shirts. For bedtime or nap time she may wear either the leggings with a tanktop or tshirt, or she can wear long sleeves with shorts. Not long sleeves and pants together. Play time is shorts and a tshirt no questions and no giving in on mommy/daddy's part. I think that their little bodies have a harder time regulating especially if going from outside where it is hot and humid into the cooler inside air. to them the temp change feels a lot more severe than it does to us.