6 Tips on Keeping Baby Safe in the Heat

With Summer quickly approaching and temperatures rising, it is important we remember all the ways we can be keeping baby safe in the heat.

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.

With Summer quickly approaching and temperatures rising, it is important we remember all the ways we can be keeping baby safe in the heat.

 

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31 Comments

  1. Safety is so important, especially for the little ones because they can’t easily communicate when they are too hot. These are really great tips!

  2. Some fab tips here I agree that managing the inside temperature is super important and we keep blinds and curtains closed to keep the sun and heat out.

  3. Fantastic and such important tips! I find the most effective way of keeping my daughter’s bedroom cooler is to keep the blinds down all day 🙂

  4. These are a lot of great tips for keeping your baby cool over summer. I will definitely be using these strategies with my family . I think our favorite way to stay cool and healthy from the sun is to use protective sun clothingwith built in SPF.

  5. Great tips. It was hard for us to keep jamie cool at night when we lived in France. He used to go to bed in just a nappy. I keep his blind down in the day now with the window ajar. I agree about pushchairs. No air and it gets so hot.

  6. We recently started fostering a 10 month old, these are super helpful! We spend at least one day a week at the lake during the summer, and I’m not used to having a baby!

  7. I totally agree with every single point on this list, Amy 🙂 I also like to give the little ones a cool bath when it’s hot. They seem to really appreciate it as it’s horrible when they get all hot and sticky and don’t know how to cool themselves down.

    Louise x
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  8. These is some really good advice! A baby should never be left in the sun, but always search for shade. And never go out when the temperatures are very high, like mid-day.

  9. I never thought about not covering strollers. I always thought it protected from the sun – but it makes sense that it would cause a greenhouse effect – not unlike a car.

  10. Love these tips. I see so many people with blankets over prams, its scary! I used to use grobags when my daughter was smaller. The different togs really helped, especially in the warmer and colder months! x

  11. Excellent tips. So many people apply suncreen on themselves but not on the baby and yet it just as important. Hydration is a major one as lack of can cause huge problems for the little one.

  12. I love this post and such a great tips, I bet this is so helpful for me and for the first time mums out there.

  13. This is very timely as I find it do heartbreaking when I read about babies left in the sun to overheat. Hydration is a first step, common sense and all the rest must be part of the caregiver plan.

  14. This is such an informative post! Many people think that keeping strollers covered will protect them from the heat, when intact the temperature hits sky high inside and the babies feel even worse!

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