Beat the Heat This Summer with our Essential Tips for Surviving Summer with Your Newborn
Ah, the joys of summer! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the temperatures are soaring. But for new parents with a precious bundle of joy, summer can bring about unique challenges and concerns. From keeping your little one cool and comfortable to ensuring their safety under the scorching sun, surviving summer with a newborn requires some extra planning and precautions.
But fear not! In this blog, we’ll share essential tips and tricks to help you navigate this season with confidence, so you can make the most of summer while keeping your baby safe and happy.
- Keeping it light
Choose lightweight, breathable clothing for your little one to keep them cool. Opt for loose-fitting cotton outfits that allow air circulation and protect their delicate skin from the sun. Don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat to shield their eyes and face from harmful UV rays.
- Hydration is key
Ensure your baby stays hydrated by offering frequent feeds, especially if you’re breastfeeding. If your baby is older than six months, you can introduce small amounts of cooled, boiled water in-between feeds. Remember, breast milk or formula should still be their primary source of hydration.
*speak to a medical expert on any dehydration queries or concerns for your little ones*
- DIY misting fan
Fill a spray bottle with cool water and keep it nearby. When you notice your baby getting warm, lightly mist their face and body to provide instant relief from the heat. The fine mist will help cool their skin without causing discomfort.
- Cooling pads/gel packs
Invest in a cooling pad specifically designed for infants. These pads can be placed under your baby’s bedding or on their stroller to provide a refreshing and cool surface for them to rest on. Alternatively, you can use a small gel pack wrapped in a cloth and place it on the back of their neck or under their feet for a quick cooling effect.
- Fabric is important
Opt for lightweight and breathable fabrics, such as bamboo or organic cotton, for your baby’s bedding, clothing, and swaddles. These materials wick away moisture and allow better airflow, keeping your baby cool and comfortable.
- Keep cool indoors
Create a comfortable environment indoors by using fans or air conditioning to maintain a cool temperature. Set up a baby-friendly space away from direct sunlight and ensure proper ventilation. Use lightweight blankets or muslin cloths during naptime to keep them cosy but not overheated.
Our studios make a perfect cooling set-up for your families! We keep our studios lovely and cool using fans and air-flow so not only are you making precious memories with your little ones, but you’re also finding somewhere to escape the heat!
- Timing is everything
Plan outdoor activities wisely – If you venture outside with your baby, try to plan activities during the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is less intense. Avoid peak hours when temperatures are at their highest. Use a stroller with a sunshade or a lightweight, breathable baby carrier to protect your little one from direct sunlight.
Surviving summer with your newborn doesn’t have to be a challenge! With these essential tips, you can navigate the heat while keeping your baby cool, comfortable, and safe. And here’s an exciting bonus idea: Beat the scorching sun and make it a memorable day out by scheduling a refreshing photoshoot in our cool and welcoming studios. It’s the perfect opportunity to capture precious moments with your little one while taking a well-deserved break from the summer heat. So, why not make the most of this season? Stay cool, enjoy the summer with your newborn, and let us help you create lasting memories.