Summer might have meant carefree days laying out by the pool when you’re all by yourselves. But as a parent, you should be more concerned about your baby’s comfort in the summer rather than your own. Overdress a baby and he/she could develop heat rash. Expose his/her fragile body to hot conditions and your baby might become vulnerable to painful sunburn. So it is essential for every parent especially new ones to take utmost care of their babies. Here are a few tips telling you how to keep your baby comfortable in the summer heat.
Keep your baby hydrated
Even if you don’t see the sweat dripping from your baby’s forehead, he/she can be losing precious fluids due to the hot weather. Flushed face, skin that is warm to touch, rapid breathing, and restlessness are warning signs of dehydration that you should watch for in your baby. Make sure that your baby drinks more water than usual in the summer and is well hydrated at all times.
Be cautious with sunscreen
Try to keep your baby out of direct sunlight. But for times when that is impractical, make sure he/she is wearing sunscreen. Apply minimal amount of sunscreen to your baby’s exposed skin, including face. If your baby is older than 6 months, use sunscreen often or whenever he/she gets sweaty. Go for sunscreen that is designed for babies, with sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
Pick right clothes
While staying indoors, dress your baby in loose-fitting, lightweight garments, preferably the ones that are made from cotton. For outdoors, dress your baby in light-coloured long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and hat to shield his/her face. Don’t leave him/her exposed, since harmful rays can affect your baby’s skin.
Plan your outdoors wisely and seek out shade
Plan your outdoor activities before or after the sun crosses the peak hour. When you go to beach or park, look for protected spot, such as a tree or an umbrella. Choose sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of ultraviolet radiation to protect your baby’s eyes and to reduce glare.
Use a summer-friendly baby carrier
The combination of your body heat and carrier’s confining space can make your baby hot and uncomfortable within a matter of minutes. Choose baby carrier that is made from lightweight nylon rather than heavy fabric. If your child’s face starts to look flushed, remove him/her from the carrier. Also, wipe your baby with wet cloth occasionally to keep him/her cool.
Focus on bedding
During summer, use cotton sheets for your baby’s bedding. Avoid using synthetic material or waterproof mattresses as those things hold the heat in, causing discomfort to your baby. Hang wet towels over chairs or windows in the bedroom of your baby. The evaporating water might keep the air cool, reducing the temperature of the room.