Summers can be overwhelmingly hot. While adults can articulate when that summer sunshine has gotten to be too much, babies don’t have the vocabulary to say they’re too hot.
Next time you’re at an outdoor event, follow these tips to keep your baby cool in the summer.
- Dress him appropriately. Stick with light-colored clothes and wide-brimmed sun hats. As a bonus, he’ll look totally adorable.
- Fresh, cool air is best. Babies don’t sweat like adults, so they can get sick really quickly if left in a hot car or stifling room. Limit time in hot places to prevent overheating.
- Keep her hydrated. Just like you need more water in the summer heat, your baby needs more hydration as well. Give her more formula or breast milk on hotter days.
- Use a thin layer of sunscreen. Choose an SPF of 30 or more and reapply every hour.
- Stay out of the sun during the hottest times of the day. You know when it’s hottest where you live. In most places, this happens around noon. It’s best to plan outdoor activities before or after these times.
If you follow these rules, your baby should be safe from the heat. Just in case, watch out for flushed red skin, a heat rash or a high temperature. These can indicate overheating.