At phil&teds, we’re parents too, so we understand the challenges in the parenting day. One of these challenges is keeping a baby cool in the Summer Heat.
Keeping a baby cool in the hot weather can be challenging. This article will present a few ideas to keep the temperature down, and help your baby rest easy during the hot months.
Here in New Zealand, we’re experiencing one of the hottest summers on record. Even in Southland, where temperatures are mild, locals are enduring an outdoor furnace comparable to mainland Australia.
These temperatures can be challenging for your new baby; let’s be real, they’re hard to cope with even as a grown adult.
Let’s talk about tactics for keeping a baby cool in the summer heat.
Step one: being cool means dressing for the event
As an adult, you must wear clothes at all times; a baby though, not so much. If I had my way, I’d walk around in my underwear in a fan controlled room all day! Fortunately for the rest of the world, I don’t have my way. And fortunately for your baby, laying around in their underwear is very OK, and one step away to being as cool as a cucumber.
Once baby is laying around in her underwear and the heat is showing few signs of relenting, there are plenty of things that will make the heat manageable.
If you are lucky enough to have air conditioning in your home, use it! Air conditioning during summer can be a lifesaver, and has benefits beyond keeping a baby cool. It alleviates the pressure from airborne allergens such as pollens, and can lessen the amount of air pollution entering through open windows. According to this article, the thermostat should be set to around 18 degrees Celsius.
Hang wet towels over chairs and windows
However, who said that you need air conditioning? We all have plenty of laundry to dry, so let’s use this to our advantage. Wet towels release moisture into the air as they dry, increasing the humidity and lowering the overall temperature. They also can block out direct sunlight when strategically draped over the window. Try hanging your wet towels over the curtain railings. They’ll dry and block the sun out, while lowering the room temperature.
Close curtains in rooms that get direct sunlight
So you’ve clocked life; all of the washing is dry and there’s nothing wet left to hang over the windows. So just close the curtains! If you keep the windows open, there will still be airflow while the sting of direct sunlight is blocked.
Remove all of the blankets on the bed
Much the same as you do in your adult bed, remove the blankets from the crib. Your baby will enjoy the cool air circulating on their whole body, which as a result will cool them.
Waterproof sheets should be taken away
Waterproof sheets insulate and restrict airflow in the crib, so remove these to encourage airflow from underneath the crib.
Keep the air circulating with a fan
A good fan serves 2 purposes:
- It creates airflow to make the stifling environment slightly less suffocating;
- It is a source of white noise, which is soothing for a child and promotes sleep.
Pro tip: Purchase a fan before there is any sign of a heatwave. This will pre-empt any hot spell, and save you from long queues and product shortages when they’re in high demand.
Stay out of sunlight between 11am and 3pm
Sometimes being active outside is the best way to embrace the warmth, especially if there is a breeze. Just be mindful that during the hottest part of the day (11am – 3pm), you should find shade. Try using a sun mesh or parasol on your stroller to keep baby protected, and find a source of shade for yourself.
Keep your baby hydrated
If you’re still breastfeeding, respond to baby if they’re hungrier than usual. They get all of the hydration they need from breast milk.
A paddling pool in the shade
There is nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in a shaded paddling pool that’s full of bath toys! Remember to supervise your baby, and never leave them alone near the water.
Bathtime = cool time!
It’s a great idea to give baby a cool bath just before bedtime to lower their body temperature. By lowering their core temperature slightly, they’ll be more relaxed and ready to snooze.
Keeping a baby cool in summer: the struggle is real!
Good luck in the sweltering heat. We understand how real the struggle is, and recommend you try as many of these ideas as possible.
Every baby is different, so some ideas may work better than others!
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