The sun is out and it appears that summer has finally arrived, hooray! But the warm weather can be tricky if you have a small baby that needs protecting from the heat. Put too many clothes on them and they could develop heat rash, but leaving them too exposed could lead to sunburn or heatstroke! So, while it’s great to be able to get out and about with your little one while the sun shines, it can be stressful too as you worry about keeping them safe.
You may also find that they’re not drinking or eating as much as normal and perhaps their sleep is being affected too? Surviving the hot weather can be a challenge, but we have put together some tips to help you enjoy the British summertime.
• Get shady! Create plenty of shade in your garden or when you’re out and about so that you can enjoy being outdoors.
• Give older babies a cool (but not cold) bath if they get too hot – it’ll be fun and will instantly make them feel more comfortable.
• Create a cool room at home that you can escape too when it gets too hot outdoors. Find the coolest room and keep curtain drawn during the day.
• Freeze fruit food pouches or make your own healthy lollies with water and real fruit for older babies to such on – great if they’re teething too!
• If baby is eating less, don’t worry – just offer them small amounts of food/drink/milk more often to ensure they’re hydrated.
Out and about:
• Plan outdoor activities wisely – keep them out of the sun between 11am-2pm when the sun is at its hottest.
• Dress baby in loose-fitting clothes made of natural fibres such as cotton. Opt for light colours, and styles that cover delicate areas such as shoulders.
• Always put a hat on your baby when out and about. They may resist wearing it at first – try distracting them when you first put it on, or buy one with a tie to keep it on!
• Keep them hydrated! Breast or bottle feed more often and if baby is six months or older, offer water throughout the day.
• Don’t let you baby stay asleep in a parked car for long, as temperatures can rise very quickly!
Helping them to sleep:
• The recommended temperature for your baby’s room is between 16 -20 degrees C.
• Remove the bedding from the cot, and if it is very hot just let your baby sleep in their vest and nappy.
• Open windows and doors to allow cool air to circulate.
• You could lower the temperature of the room by using a fan in your baby’s room before they go to bed. Just make sure you turn it off as they go down to sleep and that your baby cannot reach it from their cot.
• Keep blinds / curtains shut during the day to prevent the room from heating up.
• On really hot days you could try hanging wet towels / muslin cloths in the room - the evaporating water will help to cool the air – it works best near an open window.