Going out on those hot summer days is tempting. You can't become sluggish just because you have a baby, right? Babies indeed tend to overheat during hot summer days. But with a few tips and tricks, it's possible to go out with your baby. Here I am sharing some easy-to-follow tips and tricks for keeping the infant cool in a stroller on hot summer days. Follow them, go out and enjoy everything the wonderful season has to offer!
7 Ways to Keep Your Baby Cool in a Stroller
1. Select the right stroller
A comfy, and protective stroller is your best buddy for going out on a hot summer day if you want to go out with your baby. Choose a stroller with a UPF 50+ or SPF protection extensible canopy. Check out the fabric; breathable mesh fabric is ideal for long summer excursions! Choosing the right stroller is quintessential to keeping the infant feeling well.
Try to choose a lightweight umbrella stroller to ensure the utmost comfort for your baby and you.
If the stroller's back panel is removable, consider removing it for better air circulation.
2. Always keep the infant hydrated
Your baby may become dehydrated during long outings on hot summer days. A baby's body's fluid level usually drops while exposed to the sun in the summer. Increasing your baby's fluid intake can save their life. Strollers with trays may serve as constant reminders to carry fluids and water. Your milk provides all of the hydration for breast-fed newborns; formula-fed babies may require an additional formula. Extra water or juice will benefit babies over the age of six months.
How can you tell whether your child is dehydrated?
You can monitor the number of diaper changes, as an indicator of dehydration to find if it is more than usual or peek at diapers for stinky, colorful urine. More fluid should be given if symptoms prevail.
3. A summer seat liner is beneficial
On hot summer days, seat liners can assist manage moisture and provide comfort. To keep the baby comfortable while sweating and overheating, I recommend choosing liners made of breathable fabrics with absorbent padding. The gel-filled liners are also quite comfortable and effective in keeping the baby cool.
A tip: To achieve a better result, chill the liner for a few minutes in the refrigerator to have a long-lasting cooling effect before going out.
4. Invest in natural air conditioning
On a hot summer day outing, you should consider natural air conditioning for your baby on the go! Nothing too fancy, just Wipe your baby's entire body with a moist towel, including the thighs and feet. Wrap the towel around your neck for added effect. Keep an eye on the towel to ensure it doesn't fall and restrict your baby's breathing. Have a wonderful trip!
5. Add a fan to the stroller
For a cooling option, you can invest in a stroller fan. Battery-operated fans may be readily attached to any stroller with a sturdy clip. A stroller fan is an excellent way to keep your infant cool in the summer. There are plenty of stroller fans available. Most of them are compatible with every stroller regardless of the stroller model.
6. Dress in light colors
Baby bodies preserve more heat than adults, and overdressing might cause overheating and rashes. You can't afford to underdress your baby either; it might result in heatstroke! The best option is to wear light, loose-fitting clothing; breathable cotton is highly recommended since it can absorb moisture from the skin. Bamboo cotton is an excellent substitute. It absorbs sweat and, unlike cotton, does not retain moisture. Isn't it cool?
7. Try to spend as much time as possible in the shade
When you're out and about, take advantage of it if there's any shade. It could be under a tree or in the shade of a building to allow heat to dissipate. Occasional resting will help your baby stay outdoors for a more extended period comfortably.
How Can You Tell If Your Child Is Too Hot?
Here are some symptoms that your kid is overheating:
The face flushes red
Diaper changes are less frequent
Skin appears to be drier than usual
Baby refusing to drink liquid
An unpleasant and sluggish attitude
Note: If your baby exhibits these symptoms or unusual behavior on a hot, bright day, seek medical attention immediately.
What Is the Best Temperature for Baby Strolling?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends going out with your baby when the temperature is below 90°F or 32°C. Anything above 90 degrees, your baby's health may be at serious health risk. In terms of humidity, a heat index of more than 84°F with 70% humidity may be too much for your baby. I suggest checking the temperature before leaving for an enjoyable ride outside.
What Should You Do If Your Baby Is Too Warm?
First, take your baby's clothes off. Offer a small amount of fluid and keep offering with intervals if your baby does not vomit. Try to keep the body coolth sponged with lukewarm or cooler water. Dress your baby girl n a light, loose-fitting dress if the condition improves. Otherwise, if it does not improve, see a doctor as soon as possible.