As temperatures across the land begin to soar, we thought it would be timely to write a blog on keeping your baby cool in this very hot weather. Summer can be quite a tricky time, for mums, as you don’t want to layer your baby up and make them too hot ( cue heat rash) or expose them to the damaging rays of a hot summer sun ( cue sunburn).
So check out our summer sun survival guide below!
Smart Dressing! No, we don’t mean get the frilly frocks or the velveteen breeches out (But you knew that!) We’re talking about being smart about the type of clothes to put your baby in. Generally your baby should wear the same amount of clothes as you, possibly an extra layer if they are not able to move much. You should choose lightweight breathable fabrics, like cotton as nylon and other synthetic fabrics can make your baby feel hot and itchy. If it is really hot, your baby is fine just wearing a nappy and nothing but a smile!
We developed out cotton range of bibs as a great alternative for those living in hot climates or if holidaying abroad. So your baby can still look super stylish, whatever the weather ( and decidedly cool!)
Know your baby! Your baby can’t tell you how they are feeling, so you need to be able to read the signs for yourself. You can tell if your baby is too hot, by touching the back of their neck. This is a much better indicator than the feet or hands. If your baby is too hot ( or too cold) they will usually let you know about it as they will become fractious and upset. If they are breathing rapidly and have a flushed face, these are also signs to watch out for.
When wind is a good thing... only joking, what we mean is you should make sure your baby is left in spaces with good ventilation. Babies only have a limited ability to sweat and regulate their body temperature, so they must never be left in a hot car or a room that is too hot.
Don’t sweat the small fry.... Babies can sweat, but only the via the glands in the head, neck, hands and feet, so it is very important to keep them nice and hydrated, as they might be leaking precious fluid through sweat. In the first few days after birth, it is only the glands in the forehead that can produce sweat. Whether you are breast feeding or bottle feeding you should offer your baby more feeds than usual if the weather is hot. Babies under 6 months old are unable to take water, so feeding them more often is the only way they can keep their fluid intake up ( by as much as 50% in the summer)
Clock this! Make sure you avoid going outside during the hottest part of the day ( between the hours of 1000-1400) Get Shady! If you are outside, be sure to take time to pick a nice shady spot. Many mums find a UV tent a great investment as you can be sure to always have shade that way. If your baby will wear sunglasses, then out them on. If your baby is less than 6 months old they should be kept out of direct sunlight. If your baby is over 6 months, you can be more liberal with the sun cream application. Be sure to pop on a sun hat!
It is vital to keep your baby cool and not overheated so get wise to the summer sun and take the heat out of the situation! Have you any tips you can share?