The summer months usually bring hotter temperatures, and sun. Summer’s a time for fun, but the weather can make everyone feel hot, bothered and a little uncomfortable. Even a newborn can feel uncomfortable in the warmer weather, but they won’t be able to tell you. These tips can help you care for your summer newborn during the warm season.
Dressing your newborn in the right clothing is the first step in caring for your baby during the hotter months. Look for natural fabrics like cotton, and always choose a loose fit, not a skin hugging fit. Also, opt for light colours, and light layers. If it’s really warm and you’re at home, you can just let your baby relax in their nappy and a vest.
If you’re taking your newborn outside, you’ll still want to use loose fitting, light coloured clothing, but make sure your little one is covered. Long legs, long sleeves, and a wide brimmed hat will all help protect your baby from the sun.
Cars can be hot at any time of the year, but even more so during the summer. This is why you should never leave your baby in the car alone with closed windows on a hot day. When you’re travelling by car with your baby, aim for one layer of light clothing for your little one. Leave the hat off, and make sure that you use UV screens on the windows to protect your little one.
When you’re out and about with your newborn, make sure you use a carrier or pushchair with an appropriate cover. Always look for lightweight, light coloured materials. Keep your baby shaded and protected from the sun, especially as sunscreens may not be recommended for use on babies under 6 months – if you do use a sunscreen, make sure to check what age it can be used from.
Keeping your baby hydrated is really important. Babies under six months shouldn’t need any additional supplement other than their usual milk. However, you may need to increase the amount of milk that you offer. This may mean nursing more often or offering an extra bottle of formula per day. Check the number of wet nappies your baby has to check for signs of dehydration.
NHS recommends keeping babies under 6 months out of direct sunlight at all times, but the sun is at its hottest between 11am – 3pm, so it’s especially important to keep your little one sheltered out of the sunshine during these times. It’s very easy for a newborn to become overheated if they’re outside during these hours.
Heat rash can show up as small, red spots on your baby’s legs, arms, and trunk. It’s very common as babies can’t regulate their temperature as well as adults, and usually nothing to worry about.
If you think your baby has heat rash, move them to a cooler area. You could also try giving your baby a room temperature bath to help them cool down and leaving them in their nappy or vest for a while afterwards. If the rash persists, speak to your doctor about an appropriate cream or treatment to use.