Ice, Ice Baby: How to Keep Your Baby Cool
With summer just around the corner, chances are you’re already dreaming of days spent poolside, beachside or picnicking in the park.
Whatever your summer plans, it’s important to keep in mind that infants can’t regulate their body temperature as easily as adults. As a result, it’s important to take extra precautions to protect your little one from the summer sun.
At ParentEducate.com, we’re dedicated to providing parents like you with research-based answers to the toughest parenting questions — including how to keep your baby cool despite blazing summer temperatures.
Here are some of our top tips for keeping your little one comfortable this summer:
- Avoid direct sunlight.
When it comes to keeping your baby cool, shade is your best friend. Seek out an umbrella, tent or shady area to spend your time. Ensure you’re pushing your stroller with the cover up to provide shade in-between destinations — and invest in a car seat cover if you don’t already have one.
- Opt for breathable clothing.
Stock up on natural fiber fabrics (like cotton and bamboo) to ensure your baby’s summer wardrobe is comfortable and breathable. Where you can, opt for lightweight outfits over layers and when in doubt, trade the pants for a nice onesie. Bucket hats also make for the perfect shade-creating accessory.
- Time your adventures.
Instead of venturing out during the hottest parts of the day (from 12:00-3:00 p.m.), plan your activities for early in the morning or in the evening hours. Not only will this help you avoid high UV indexes, but it’ll also come with an added bonus of smaller crowds (hello, more swing time at the park!).
- Stay hydrated.
Keeping your infant hydrated is always important, but it’s even more crucial when the temperature starts to rise. Ensure you’ve got plenty of liquids to give to your little one and take frequent drink breaks.
- Water is a kiddo’s best friend.
Incorporating some water time into your summer adventures is the perfect way to ensure you’re little one is having fun and cooling off at the same time. Spend the morning at a splash pad or invest in an inflatable baby play pool for the backyard.
- Turn on the fans.
Keep the fans in your house going day and night during the summer. This will help keep your kiddo cool and, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it will also help reduce the risk of SIDS. Think about adding a portable fan to your little one’s stroller for outdoor adventures.
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