The weather in the UK has been lovely the last few weeks and we have really enjoyed all the sunshine. We spent entire days in the garden, splashing in the pool and running around the grass. It’s been so much fun for the children because they love playing in the garden.
The one thing that worries me about the warmer weather is the risk of overheating in babies and so many parents are unsure on how they should be keeping baby safe and avoid becoming seriously ill.
Keep baby in the shade as much as possible.
This could be done by attaching a parasol to your pushchair, or if you’re in the back garden you could attach a parasol to a bouncy chair or baby swing. I always have a parasol attached to the highchair when I take Zara in the back garden.
Apply a high factor sunscreen.
As far as I have researched, factor 50 is a good starting point and the more star ratings it has, the better it will protect. Remember to apply often especially if you’re baby is in and out of water, even if using a waterproof sunscreen.
Keep pushchairs uncovered.
This is a big one and I see so many parents doing this, completely unaware of the dangers. Placing a cover over your baby’s pushchair, thinking that you are protecting your baby from the sun, can increase the temperature inside the pushchair and cause your baby to overheat. This is very dangerous and can be fatal. Keeping baby safe in the pushchair is as simple as keeping the pushchair in the shade.
Keep baby hydrated.
Breastfed babies, don’t really need any more liquid than breast milk. If they are thirsty, then they tend to demand extra feeds. This is generally all they need, but a baby over 6 months can have some water during meals. Formula fed babies may require some extra water between feeds, just follow your babies cues.
Keep clothing to a minimum at night.
Most of us have a room thermometer in our baby’s room to determine how hot it is. Using a GroBag is great for bedtime and The Gro Company have a great What to Wear section to help you. When it’s really hot, I tend to just keep Zara in a nappy as we bed share. When Keira and Joshua slept in their own cots/bed I would put them to bed in a long sleeved vest and a light blanket to cover their legs.
Keep bedrooms cool by closing blinds/curtains.
This is something I have only recently discovered. To keep a room cool you can; close the blinds or curtains to stop the sun shining through, keep the window open to allow fresh air flow through and hang a damp towel over an open windown so that when the breeze flows in, it is cool.
Overheating is a very dangerous issue during the hotter days and it’s something us parents worry about a lot. So please use these tips on keeping baby safe in the heat and enjoy the warmer weather.
Oh, and please remember not to leave any children or animals unattended in a car in warm weather. There were so many cases on the news last year, it’s heartbreaking to read and so important to remember not to do.