some tips for keeping little ones cool…
During summer months, newscasters often remind viewers not to leave children or pets in hot or parked cars—which of course seems like a no-brainer. But the importance of summer safety for little ones can’t be overstated.
Getting sunburned is a bummer at any age, but it can happen very quickly and be extremely serious for babies, whose skin lacks protection from melanin (which doesn’t develop until after the age of six months). High temperatures can also cause overheating in infants because they can’t perspire as effectively as adults.
In order to protect little ones from sunburn, dehydration, heat rash, and other summer dangers, it’s important to keep a few things in mind:
1. Whether baby is inside or out on a hot day, the right fabric can make all the difference. Natural, breathable fibers are the way to go—for instance, open-weave muslin is ideal as it allows a baby’s body temperature to moderate itself effectively. (Check out our snazzy line of muslin swaddles in super-soft organic cotton with vibrant colors and sophisticated prints!)
2. Minimize baby’s time outdoors during the peak sun/heat hours of 10am-3pm. If it feels hot to you, it’s going to feel even hotter (and be more threatening) to them.When you do bring baby outside in the sun, even for a few minutes, it’s wise to apply baby-safe sunscreen to exposed skin. Check with your pediatrician or dermatologist if you have concerns about the right product to use.
3. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. No, we don’t mean you need to bedeck your baby in baubles—but it IS smart to place a big, floppy hat (preferably of natural fibers) on their head when outside. Sunglasses are also a good bet, and an umbrella can help with sun exposure and heat.
Stay cool, and keep your baby happy and healthy in the summertime!