It’s been one long hot summer and I’m not complaining. My baby is though. I’ve gone from complaining I’ve got sand in mysterious places, trying to elegantly land on a lilo in a pool and singing despacito on repeat to retreating to the shade with my baba, running after my STUPID pram parasol and forever repeating “It’s too hot for babies”
Of course I’m still singing Despacito, I wonder if Justin has learnt the Spanish words yet? If I ever meet Justin Beiber I promise you all I will sing to him, well I’ll sing to him that one word that we all know from the song “DEEEESSSS-PASSSS-ITO”. If you ever want to know one fact about me is that I never know more than two words to a song. Anyway I’ve gone off topic.
So us mums and sometimes dads are obsessed with keeping our babies cool and during the summer it’s our main topic of conversation to anyone with a baby or who will listen. It’s not as easy as some of you may think so I’ve come up with 6 ways to keep your baby cool if your a new mum/dad or if your struggling in this British Heatwave. So grab your can of Diet Coke/water if your healthy and have a read.
1. Don’t put the muslin/blanket over the pram
My mum is a midwife and this drives her crazy when she sees parents doing this. DO NOT put a muslin or blanket over your pram as a way of keeping the sun of your baby. There is a potential this will cause suffocation and/or cause them to overheat and I’ve put a link here that explains the risks. I’m obviously not a medical expert, but I wouldn’t want to take the risk.
Instead get a parasol (don’t get me started on my stupid parasol that attaches to our pram that never blocks any sun but it did only cot me £3.99) or attachable canopies.
2. Less layers
In the UK it’s hard to tell if you need to put a snowsuit on your baby one day or just a nappy the next. If it’s boiling hot then try reducing the layers your baby is wearing until you and your baby is happy! Since we are having a heatwave we haven’t relied on it as much, but we love our groegg as it tells us what the temperature is and that guides us usually as what clothing we needed to get out.
At the moment baby Pip is either sporting a vest or just a nappy inside the house.
3. Keep them in the shade
Babies under 6 months don’t need to be in direct sunlight, so try keeping them in shaded areas. They will thank you for it and you will be thankful as they won’t be as unhappy due to being overheated.
4. Extra Water
In between feeds, to reduce the risk of de-hydration try giving your baby extra water and if they are really hot and they will drink it give them colder water. Of course it still has to be cooled down boiled water. I still love a cup of tea even when it’s 30 degrees so I made myself a cup of tea and Pippa a bottle, it’s what she wants.
Luckily baby hats are a lot cuter than adult hats and as much as I try I have never been able to pull a hat off with watermelons or pelicans on. So instead Pippa gets to do this and whilst it’s hot she doesn’t mind, it also keeps her cool and shaded.
6. Cool baths
Try giving your little one a cooler bather than usual. It may help them relax before bedtime and feel cool during sleep time. I hate cold showers but I know people who swear by them when it’s hot, so babies must feel the same way.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and enjoyed this little post.
Justin Bieber would want you too.