C.H.I.L.L.: A Guide for first-time moms on how to keep babies cool in the summer.
You read that title right, Mom! Relax! We at BabyCareMag.com are here to help you do just that.
As a new mom, one of the skills you’ll need to learn is how to gear up for any season. With warmer weather just around the corner, here’s a quick guide on how to keep babies cool in the summer.
Wash baby more frequently. Bathe in the morning to prep your baby for the new day and wash (with a cloth or sponge) at night to prep your baby for a good slumber. Make bathing/washing quick so as not to dry out baby’s skin. Also, only use fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, all-natural cleansers and moisturizers to keep baby’s skin nourished. EWG’s Skin Deep Database is an excellent place to search for specific products to find out if they have toxic ingredients or not.
Keep your baby hydrated by having them drink plenty of (slightly chilled) fluids. This can be milk, water, fresh fruit or vegetable juices, and even soups.
Protect your baby from the glaring sun by staying indoors as much as possible. The Skin Cancer Foundation prescribes avoiding the sun between 10 AM to 4 PM. If you cannot avoid bringing your baby outdoors, make sure your baby wears a hat and (non-toxic!) sunscreen for additional skin protection.
Keep your baby feeling fresh by dressing them up in loose clothes made of light fabric. Cotton is highly recommended. Avoid layering clothes – now is simply not the time to bundle up! Booties and mittens can stay stored in the cabinet this time of the year. Make sure you clean up your baby and change their clothes (and nappies!) often, especially after mealtime and playtime so baby feels clean and fresh all day.
Lastly, cool it.
Keep the house and the baby’s room cool by investing in an air conditioner. Letting the room cool, especially during nap time, ensures baby (and you!) can enjoy undisturbed sleep, which is essential for their growth and development.
We hope you will find this guide easy to recall. Just remember to C.H.I.L.L. as you learn how to keep babies cool in the summer. May you and your baby have a most enjoyable and memorable summer season!
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