Oh my goodness how warm has it been lately? Don’t get me wrong I love the sunshine but when it reaches a certain point (with no air conditioning or pool) it gets really uncomfortable for me, let alone my poor baby! It’s the first summer and first experience with anxieties and worry of “is my baby too hot?!”. With links to SIDS with overheating, which can be particularly troublesome at night, I have really looked into ways to keeping my baby cool.
1) Strip them off!
Sounds obvious but if you’re feeling warm, more than likely your baby is warm and cannot tell you! I was literally in my bra and knickers yesterday and as a result, my bubba was in just a nappy. Simple! Especially at night, I have been stripping off to either just a nappy or a sleeveless body suit using just a light cotton muslin to cover when the night temperature does start to dip but it’s still warm.
2) Keep them hydrated! I exclusively breastfeed and it’s amazing that they need nothing else but breast milk. I have been offering it more frequently and she has been feeding more and my milk is almost more watery to hydrate her. It’s amazing how breast milk changes depending on the weather, but I need to ensure that I am also very hydrated to prevent dehydrating myself.
3) Cool bathing. If you have access to a paddling pool when outside, brilliant! Just ensure it is in the shade. We went to a BBQ for Father’s Day and we did exactly that and she loved it! I still made sure she had suncream on to prevent any UV exposure. Also switch that warm toasty night time bath just for a cooler bath. Instead of 36-37.5 degrees take it slightly cooler and you will be surprised at how cooler it will keep your baby ready for bedtime.
4) Stay indoors in extreme temperatures or under a UV protecting parasol. Why even risk heat exhaustion or heat stroke for your baby? I tend to stay indoors during peak sunshine hours (11-3) and keep blinds shut, windows open and a fan on. I have also recently invested in a Bugaboo Parasol for my buggy that has a silver UV protection of 50+ that ensures the UV doesn’t penetrate through cheaper simple fabric ones.
5) Use a fan. They are only cheap and get one before the mad rush that happens each year during a heatwave! They don’t need to be a super posh one, a basic stand up fan does the trick. Even better, this year I have discovered the use of a bowl of ice placed in front of the fan that than blows out cool air rather than circulating the same hot air in the room! Think of it as a home made air conditioning unit, just like Gatsby!
6) Magicool . It’s a cool water spray in a can and you can spray it on your skin, on children, babies and even pets! It’s ideal when things are super hot and provides instant relief! I brought a can for when I was in labour!
7) Cool compresses like placing a flannel in the freezer, ice packs and even placing some baby wipes in the fridge. They are good for sweaty babes and especially good on pulse areas such as wrists and neck.
8) Use the grill rather than the oven when cooking at home. The oven will generate so much heat when preparing meals so maybe try alternatives. Pop on the BBQ, prepare a salad rather than those slow oven cooked meals.
So enjoy the summer, be sensible and have fun!