Our tips on keeping baby cooler on a hot day
We’ve pulled together some helpful tips on how to keep your baby comfortable in hot and humid weather:
1. Pack plenty of drinks - hot weather can lead to your child becoming dehydrated. Before going out make sure you have plenty of fluids with you and offer it frequently during the day.
2. Look for shade – you may need to go out with baby out during very hot weather but try not to stay in the sun too long and find shade at regular intervals. Trees, building canopies and umbrellas can all provide shade for you and your baby. When using any kind of stroller cover turn the front of the pushchair out of direct sunlight whenever possible.
3. Go indoors – people who live in hot climates tend to stay indoors during the hottest time of day and head outside in the morning or late afternoon/early evening when it’s cooler. If you are outside and worried about the heat then seek cover and pop into a shop, restaurant or shopping centre.
4. Know the signs of dehydration – if it’s hot you’ll want to check on your child regularly but how do you know if your child is overheated? Firstly feeling their hands and feet is not sufficient as they can remain cool even when baby is overheating. Hair sticking to the skin or a hot stomach are both clues, as is a dry nappy or being floppy and irritable.
5. Dress for the weather – take plenty of layers with you. Dress baby in as little as possible when it’s hottest and add layers as it cools down. Take off any hats or extra clothing while your baby is napping – even if this means waking your baby up.