How to Keep Your Baby Cool in Warm Weather

How to Keep Your Baby Cool in Warm Weather

Warm weather is finally here, and that means it's time to start thinking about how to keep your baby cool. It can be tough to keep a little one comfortable when the temperature starts to rise, but with a few simple tricks you can make sure your baby stays safe, cool and happy all summer long.

Why It's Important to Keep Your Baby Cool

Babies are more susceptible to heat than adults because they cannot regulate their temperature in the same way that we can. 

This means that when the weather gets warm, they can quickly become overheated, leading to a myriad of serious health problems, including dehydration, sunburn and heatstroke.

As the weather gets warmer, it's vital that you know how to keep your baby cool. Fortunately, it's not rocket science. We've compiled a list of common-sense tips to keep your little one happy and healthy this summer.

Dress Them in Lightweight, Loose Clothing

The first step to keeping your baby cool is to dress them in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. This will help them stay cooler than if they were wearing heavier fabrics or tight clothing. Choose natural materials like cotton that allow the skin to breathe.

Avoid the Direct Sun

Whenever possible, try to avoid exposing your baby to direct sunlight. Stay in the shade as much as you can and if you're going for a walk or taking them out in the stroller, make sure to put up a canopy or use a sunshade.

Use Sunscreen (But Only Over 6 Months)

Sunscreen doesn't keep your baby cool, per se, but it's an important step in protecting them from sunburn, which can be very nasty.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends waiting until your child is at least 6 months old before using sunscreen on their delicate skin. 

Once they reach this age, be sure to opt for a child-friendly sunscreen with SPF50; most popular brands have specially formulated products for babies.

If your baby is under 6 months old, keep them out of direct sunlight completely. This is because their skin contains too little melanin to offer them any kind of protection from the sun's rays.

Give Them Plenty of Fluids

It's important to keep your baby hydrated, especially in warm weather. Offer them breast milk or formula regularly. In fact, it's normal for your baby to want to breastfeed more than usual during warm weather. Just like adults, they'll be extra thirsty!

If your child is bottle-fed or older than six months, you can give them water as well, so long as you boil and cool it first.

Keep the Nursery Cool

During warm weather, it's important to keep your baby's bedroom cool. This can be tricky if you don't have air conditioning, but there are a few things you can do to help:

  • Keep blinds or curtains drawn during the daytime to block out the sun
  • Open windows at night to let in cooler air
  • Use a fan to circulate the air in the room
  • Place a bowl of ice water in front of the fan (the evaporating water will help cool the room down)

Sleep Downstairs

If the above tips don't work, moving your baby's crib downstairs may help as heat rises, so the ground floor will be a more comfortable temperature for your child. This may also help you achieve a better night's sleep, since if your baby nods off, you can, too!

Give Them a Cool Bath

A cool bath can be a great way to help your baby beat the heat. A cool or lukewarm bath before bedtime lowers the body's core temperature, which keeps them healthy and can aid a better night's rest. Plus, it's a great bonding activity for parent and child!

Light Bedclothes and Nightclothes

It's important to dress your baby in light bedclothes and nightclothes during warm weather. Choose natural fabrics like cotton that are lightweight and breathable, as this will help them to stay cool while they sleep.

Dress Them in a Sunhat and Sunglasses

It's especially important to protect your baby's head and neck from the sun. Whenever you take your baby outdoors, be sure to dress them in a sunhat that covers their face, neck and ears.

It's also a good idea to invest in sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection for your baby. This will help to shield their eyes from the harmful effects of the sun's rays. Up to 80% of UV damage to our eyes occurs before the age of 18, so it's important to start protecting your child's eyes as early as possible.

Cold Compress

If your baby is really struggling in the heat, a cold compress can help. Simply wet a cloth with cool water and apply it to their forehead, neck or chest, or wrap a few ice cubes in a muslin square and dab your child with it. This will help to lower their body temperature and make them more comfortable.

Never Leave Your Baby in the Car

Last but not least, never leave your baby in the car, even for a short period of time. The temperatures inside a car can rise very quickly, even on relatively mild days, and this can be extremely dangerous for your child.

Take your child with you every time you get out of the car, even if it's only for a minute or two.

Final Thoughts

It's important to take all of the necessary precautions when it comes to keeping your baby cool during warm weather. Sun safety is paramount to your little one's health during the summer months, but there's no need to stress. By taking a common-sense approach and following the tips above, you and your baby will be able to enjoy the summer safely.

Here at Unique Baby Store, we’re here to help you at each and every stage of your parenthood journey. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.