The Summer has arrived and the temperature is gradually rising. A hot summer day means laying out by the pool or swimming in lakes, but it also brings warm weather and lots of sunshine. If you are a new parent, you might worry more about your baby's safety in the heat. This makes sense since hot weather can quickly pose a threat to infants. It is essential for parents to keep a few heat and sun safety tips in mind while enjoying the season with their infants. In this blog, we'll share some tips for keeping your baby comfortable during the summer:
Dress your baby in lightweight, breathable clothing: Choose clothes made from natural fibers like cotton or bamboo as they are more breathable and absorb sweat better. Avoid synthetic materials like polyester, which trap heat and make your baby uncomfortable.
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Keep your baby hydrated: Breastfeeding or formula feeding on demand is the best way to ensure your baby stays hydrated during hot weather. If your baby is older and has started solids, you can also offer them water or diluted fruit juices.
Use a lightweight stroller: If you're going out with your baby, use a lightweight stroller that is easy to maneuver and has good ventilation. Make sure your baby is not sitting in direct sunlight.
Create a cool environment: Use air conditioning or fans to keep your baby's room cool. If you don't have air conditioning, use a damp cloth to cool down your baby's skin or a cold compress on their forehead.
Use sunscreen: Sunscreen is not recommended to babies less than 6 months old since their skin is delicate and sunscreen in general can cause irritation on their skin. But, when there is extra exposure to the sun and it is necessary to go out, a minimal amount of sunscreen can be applied.
For a baby older than 6 months, choose a sunscreen with a high SPF and apply it at least 30 minutes before heading out into the sun. Reapply every two hours.
Limit outdoor activities during peak hours: The sun is at its strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try to limit outdoor activities during these hours. If you do go out, make sure your baby is protected from the sun and has access to plenty of water.
By following these tips, you can help your baby stay comfortable and safe during the hot summer months. Remember to pay attention to your baby's cues and adjust your routine accordingly. Stay cool and enjoy summer with your little one!