Summer with a baby can be lots of fun. The weather is better, so you can hopefully get about a lot more and enjoy the greatest outdoors, However, summer and babies don’t always go hand in hand and you need to be very careful to keep them safe from the sun and the heat during the warmest season of the year…
This summer is going to be amazing seeing all the little ones out and enjoying the sunshine. For some of them, it will be their first summer! Oh, how cute. Follow these tips to have the best and safest time out with them this summer.
Don’t overdress them
Babies are not as good at regulating their temperature as older children and adults, which means, to a large degree, you need to do it for them, and first and foremost, that means not overdressing them. If the weather is hot, your baby will typically only need to wear one light layer of clothing more than you are wearing – they don’t need to be bundled up.
Buy a parasol
When your baby is out and about in the pram this summer, it is a good idea to have a parasol attached. You can shop Venicci parasols, and other baby accessories, very cheaply, and they will help to deflect the sun’s harmful rays from your little one when you’re out for a stroll in the park or enjoying some summer sun a the beach.
Keep the house cool
Keeping your home cool in the summer will really benefit your baby, and on a budget too. So, whether that means turning on the air-con, switching on your home fan, closing the blinds to keep the sun out, or whatever ensure that your home is cool enough and comfortable enough to prevent your baby from overheating.
Avoid direct sun
If at all possible, it’s a good idea to avoid full sun exposure for your baby. Luckily, you can buy lots of cute sun-protective clothing for babies and young kids, as well as sun hats that will shield them from UVA and UVB. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, say at the partk you can even purchase sun-protective tents which will be great for sitting the baby in at picnics and barbecues, for example.
Keep them hydrated
Babies need to stay hydrated in hot weather. If they are over 6 months, you can supplement their diet with water, if you would like. If they are under six months, it’s just a matter of ensuring that you breast or bottle-feed them very regularly to prevent dehydration from setting in. If you’re breastfeeding, this also means you should drink more water too.
Don’t leave them in a hot car
You should never leave babies, or dogs, or anything living for that matter, in a hot car even for a minute. Cars are hot metal objects, which means they can cause anyone or anything inside them to become overheated very fast, and this can potentially lead to serious injury or death, so make sure your baby is always attended to.
If you’re off on a road trip, keep the windows rolled down and stop and get out regularly. Just as you love to be out and about, they will enjoy it too. So even if you have to pop into a shop or other building for a few minutes, do take your baby with you.
Have fun with your baby, while keeping your baby safe this summer – let’s hope it’s a good one.