Whilst the Northern Hemisphere is preparing for and hoping for a white Christmas, here in the Southern Hemisphere summer has arrived!
Whether you are spending time inside or in the great Kiwi outdoors, summer can be a tricky time for keeping your baby comfortable and safe in the warmer weather.
Here is our advice to keep your little bundles cool and protected on those hot days.
Choose the Right Clothes
Choosing a natural fibre is essential to keeping baby cool in the warmer months. You may think that wool is just good for keeping you warm in winter, but Merino is temperature regulating and keeps baby cool on the warmer days, it is also naturally UV resistant which is great when you don't want to use sunscreen on their sensitive skin. For more information on the benefits of using Merino click here. Our Lambino Merino bodysuits are great for the summer months.
How many Layers? If you want to be wearing a t-shirt and shorts, a short sleeved body suit is likely to be right for them, if you wish you could just walk around wearing your undies, just a nappy for baby is enough! Make sure if you are wrapping baby for sleep to keep their head uncovered.
Provide Good Ventilation
Babies bodies don't sweat like adults do, so it is easier for them to become overheated.
- Make sure air can circulate around the bassinette or cot
- Don't leave babies to sleep in a pram or car seat which can become hot. Never leave them in a parked car.
- Black out blinds can also help keep their room stay cooler, stopping the direct sun coming into their nursery during the day. Car window sunshades are also great for protecting baby whilst driving.
Keep them Hydrated
To keep babies hydrated in the warmer weather, either nurse more frequently or give them extra formula. If you are breastfeeding it is important for Mum to stay hydrated and well nourished to produce the extra milk, remember for Mum to look after baby they need to take care of themselves!
Plan outdoor activities in cooler part of the day
It isn't always possible, but try to plan your outside activities to coincide with the cooler part of the day, (we know it can be a tricky with sleep times). Always seek out shade to avoid direct sun on your babies skin. Look for the tree in the park or take an umbrella, shade tents are great for the beach.
Is baby too hot?
Here are a couple of signs that your baby is too hot.
Unusually warm skin ( place your hand on the back of babies neck, it should feel comfortably warm)Rapid breathingFlushed faceIrritable
If you are ever worried about your baby being dehydrated or unwell don't hesitate to call Plunket or visit your Doctor.
At Lambino we wish you all a great Kiwi summer!