Summer Baby Tips

Expecting a baby this summer? The hot season of summer can present a few challenges for those with newborns, but instead of avoiding the heat altogether, learn how to best care for your summer baby while you embrace the warmer weather…

  • Your newborn should never be in direct sunlight (especially between 10am and 2pm).
  • Newborns cannot drink water, so remember to feed your baby with breastmilk or formula more often in warmer weather. Babies become very lethargic and quiet if they’re too hot or need more fluids, so you can’t depend on them to grizzle or be unsettled as a sign for you to act.
  • Monitor how many wet nappies your baby is having each day to make sure your newborn is properly hydrated.
  • Avoid the pool. Newborn skin is super sensitive and absorbs everything, including harmful chemicals such as chlorine. Wait a few months before starting swimming.
  • Sunscreen is not recommended until 6 months or older. Until then use alternative methods of sun protection such as a sun hat and light-weight clothing.
  • Stick to light-weight clothing made from a natural fibre, like cotton. Dress your baby with the same amount of layers or style of clothing that you are wearing.
  • Limit blankets that can cause your baby to overheat and increase the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Let baby sleep in just a nappy on very hot days.
  • Make sure to rinse all between the skin folds because the body heat produces moisture that can cause thrush – a yeast growth.
  • If you are hot, your baby is hot. Find shade, head back inside, or cool off with a cold, damp cloth.

  • The heat can cause crankiness, fussiness, and lots of crying, it can also cause more serious heat stroke and dehydration. Babies cannot sweat, the body’s way of cooling off, so they can often suffer heat stroke much quicker than an older child or adult.
  • Signs that your baby is too hot include damp hair, flushed cheeks, heat rash and rapid breathing. If you’re baby’s face is getting red, they are irritable, or they’ve moved on to pale and clammy skin, it’s time to take action immediately. Take off some of their clothing and give them a drink.
  • In extremely hot weather, dip your baby in and out of a cool bath at each nappy change to cool them and make them more comfortable.
  • NEVER leave a baby in a parked car for any length of time. Even a few minutes could cause body temperature to spike and, in extreme cases, may prove life-threatening.
  • At home keep your blinds and curtains closed to keep the overall temperature in your home cooler and help keep your newborn comfortable.
  • On hot nights turn a fan on in your baby’s room to keep them cool.

 

 

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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