Long, hot summer days can be miserable for adults. However, they can be even more unbearable for babies who don’t perspire as effectively as adults do. Finding ways to keep baby cool, calm, and comfy can be a challenge in the midst of long summer days, especially if you live in a humid climate. Check out these easy tips to help babies cope with warm weather:
Choose the right type of clothing – Dress baby in natural fibers like cotton, as they breathe better than synthetic fabrics and will help baby stay cooler. If you plan to stay indoors, dress her like you’d dress or let her run around in a diaper. If you’re going to be outdoors, dress her in lightweight long pants and long sleeves with a hat to protect her sensitive skin from the sun.
Provide good ventilation – If your home doesn’t have air conditioning, keep the room well ventilated by opening windows or using a fan. Having good air circulation will help your tot regulate body temperature.
Keep baby hydrated – Babies should consume at least 50% more fluids in the summer than at other times of the year. Babies less than 6 months old shouldn’t be offered water, so increase formula or breast milk intake to compensate for perspiration.
Time outdoor activities – Avoid the heat of the day (between 10am and 2pm) when going out for walks or playing at the park. Try to go out at the coolest part of the day when there is shade to protect baby’s sensitive skin. Take a parasol to provide added shade.
Water play – Let your baby play in a cool bath to shake off the heat of the day and include plenty of bath toys to make it fun. If you can go to the pool, use a small inflatable and let her kick and play in the water. Try to keep to a shady area of the pool, use a hat, and apply sunscreen.
Cool gel packs – Use cool gel pack cushions when going out for a walk. Put the gel pack in the freezer, then place it in the cushion provided. The gel is never too cold for baby and will make a trip out in the stroller more comfortable. They are also useful for baby seats at home.
Outdoor high chair fun – Dress baby in a diaper and t-shirt and move the highchair out to the patio. Fill the tray with an inch of water and let the baby splash around in the water to cool off. Provide sticks to play drums and other water safe toys. Refill the water as needed.
Take a field trip – Attend story time at the library, visit a museum, or go to an aquarium. Another option is to go to the mall and enjoy the air conditioning while walking and window shopping. Kids don’t care where you take them; they just enjoy their time strolling around with you, so choose a place that makes you happy.
Keeping baby cool will prevent heat rash and help baby rest better. Use common sense when it comes to keeping baby comfy this summer. A change of scenery can often make you feel cooler and that will help baby feel better too!
Hindi Zeidman is the founder of Ollie Swaddle, the cozy swaddling solution designed to decrease fussiness, assist in self-calming, and ultimately improve baby’s quality and duration of sleep. It is the perfect way to keep baby cool and comfy in the heat of summer, as its custom-developed moisture-wicking material reduces overheating and promotes physiological regulation.
As a parenting and baby expert, Hindi helps moms and dads navigate the ups and downs of parenting through her advice. She covers topics ranging from the best ways to swaddle, how to soothe and calm your baby, best bedtime routines for baby, and more. TheOllieWorld.com