Mummy has had two summer babies, my biggest sister and my big bro. And a winter baby, and an autumn baby (ME!)
Although newborn babies need almost the same care whenever they are born, these tips may help if you have a summer baby.
- Even if it is hot weather when baby is born, remember he can’t regulate his own body heat, so keep the little cloth hat on for a few hours at least.
- For the same reason, you don’t need layers of clothing. Ditch the vest rather than the babygro – I hated my legs bare from a very, very early age!
- Babies usually like being covered or swaddled up – choose a lightweight cotton blanket, or cotton sheet if it is very hot.
- Be VERY aware of NOT over dressing or over covering your baby, babies can overheat very quickly.
- Don’t forget baby will get thirsty, and may be crying for a drink, not food (milk). Give cooled, boiled water in a sterilised bottle from very early on. It is a good habit to start!
- NEVER have your baby in direct sunlight. Keep their delicate skin out of the sun. Use hoods, parasols, sunshades etc.
- Keep the house cool by opening the windows, closing the curtains in baby’s bedroom, and using a fan if need be. Make sure though, that baby isn’t in a draft.
- Make sure that baby’s car seat isn’t in the sun in the car. Stick sunshades on the window, or trap a pram sheet in the window to keep the sun off.
- On the other hand, don’t have the air conditioning on too high in the car, or the fans pointing at the baby.
- Loose, natural fabric clothing is best, lighter colours all help to keep baby cool. Pop a lightweight cotton hat on your baby
Congratulations if you are having a summer baby!