Keeping little ones cool in the heat

17 Jul

With UK temperatures set to reach record highs, we cast our minds to keeping your babies cool, in order for you to keep your cool!

Stay cool, Little Ones!

We are all delighted to see the sun and news of the heat wave generally fills us with glee. However, for those of us with little ones, the heat simply gives us something else to worry about! Here are our top tips to keep your baby cool in the soaring temperatures!

  • Keep babies under 6 months old out of direct sunlight – they simply do not have enough melanin to protect them from the sun.
  • Keep older babies out of direct sunlight as much as possible as well (despite having increased melanin).  Keep in mind 11am-3pm tends to be the hottest and most dangerous time of day.
  • Use parasols or shades over your baby’s buggy or pram to protect him or her from the rays. Some great tips here as well.
  • Apply baby friendly sunscreen of SPF 50 regularly to keep your little one’s delicate skin protected.

keeping babies cool in heat wave

  • Use a sunhat with a neck protection flap too.
  • Prevent your baby from becoming dehydrated – just like us they need lots of fluids. If you’re breastfeeding, then no additional water is needed, but your baby may need more regular feeds. If you’re bottle feeding, offer your baby cooled, boiled water regularly throughout the day.

keeping baby hydrated

  • Toddlers might enjoy an ice lolly for extra hydration if they’re getting bored of water! Known fact 🙂

ice lollies to keep kids cool

  • If you have a paddling pool, use it to keep cool in the garden!
  • Make your baby’s bath cooler than usual.
  • Keep curtains closed to keep the sun out, it is amazing how quickly a room will heat up when the sun is beating through the window.
  • If you can get hold of a fan, position it near an open window to take advantage of any breeze or draft!
  • If your baby sleeps in a grobag, use a 0.5 tog one and your baby can sleep in just a nappy or a sleeveless vest. (The original Grobag is made from 100% cotton single layer construction, which means that your baby won’t get too hot.)
  • If you don’t have a fan, hang wet towels on radiators and place bowls of ice or water in the room.
  • Do not ever leave your baby in the car even for a few minutes.  There has been a lot of recent media about this as it’s very dangerous.
  • Take all these tips seriously but don’t forget to enjoy the sunshine too! This weather is perfect for lovely strolls in parks, al fresco coffees (or wine!) and catching up with friends in your garden!

Happy heatwave! Share your tips for keeping cool and let us know how your little ones are coping…

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