Babies are not able to regulate their own heat as well as we can and they can’t tell us when they are hot, so it’s really important to ensure they are protected from the heat and the sun. Remember, if you are hot, your babies will be hot!
We've put together some tips aimed for babies aged 0-6 months.
- Babies less than 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight at all times. Their skin is so delicate at this stage and will burn very easily.
- Prams and buggies should not be covered with a blanket or muslin in the hot weather. This can cause babies to overheat, as the hot air can’t escape. Either place your babies in the shade or use a parasol or sunshade with UV protection.
- Fix window sun shades to the rear windows of your car. This will help keep your babies cooler and will protect them from the sun’s strong UV rays.
- Babies are always hotter in their car seats as they are designed to be such a tight fit. Keep time in car seats to a minimum when it is extremely hot and remove your babies from them from when you are no longer driving. Ensure they are in cool clothing and don’t cover them with a blanket.
- Wearing less is also helpful when keeping your babies cool. However be aware that newborn babies can sometimes feel more unsettled when undressed. If this is the case, you can try dressing them in a lightweight cotton vest.
- Keep their bath water cooler and dress them in less at night time to keep them cooler, this will help them sleep better.
- Keep your bedroom cooler throughout the day by keeping curtains shut.
- When sleeping at night your babies will sleep most comfortably when the room is between 16 and 20C. A room thermometer can help you monitor this. Increase air circulation with an open window or fan if the room becomes too hot.
Do you have older children? Click here for fun ways to keep cool in the summer sun.