We all know that our summers can be very hit and miss, so preparing to keep a baby cool in hot weather can seem a bit excess to requirement for us Brits. But as we know from 2018 and 1976, when then the hot weather does hit us, we can see some soaring and unrelenting heat.
So it is always best to prepare for those days (or hopefully months) when we need to keep baby cool despite rising temperatures. This is very important. Failing to do it can not only lead to an irritable baby but also to more serious issues of dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn.
Here are just a few tips for keeping baby cool this summer:
- If you go outdoors with your baby during the day, make sure to stay in the shade as much as possible. This is particularly the case for babies less than 6 months old, who should always be kept out of direct sunlight as their skin lacks enough melanin pigment to protect their skin from the sun.
- Pop a sunhat on your baby or use a parasol over their pram to protect their head from the sun. Also, remember to apply sun cream to your baby regularly. Make sure it has a sun protection factor of at least SPF15 and that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Water is a great way to cool a baby down. Whether it’s a paddling pool in the heat of the day or a cooling bath just before bed time, a nice refreshing dip can go a long way to helping baby feel more comfortable and relaxed.
- Keep your child’s nursery cool during the day by closing blinds and curtains. You could also put a fan on in their room at a safe distance, or open a window on days where the indoor temperature is much hotter than outdoors.
- Try and reduce the number of layers of clothing and bedding your baby uses when they go to bed. If it is very hot then you might find they feel most comfortable just wearing their nappy. A thin sheet that is fitted to avoid it covering their face can also be useful for keeping them warm as night time temperatures fall.
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