August is just around the corner and with it comes the hottest heat of the summer. It is important to know how to keep your baby safe during these super hot months.
Lets start with sun protection. Babies less than 6 months old should be kept out of direct sunlight. Their skin has less melanin and therefore burns much, much more quickly. One great way to do this is to get a stroller parasol like the one from Bugaboo.
Also remember that the sun is strongest between the hours of 11am and 3pm, so try to avoid outside activities during this time period.
Apply sunscreen...I know that you have heard this before, but SPF and UV protection is so very important. Make it a part of your getting ready ritual. There are some fantastic lotions out that are organic and do not feel sticky like traditional sunscreen. Coola and Alba are two brands that are leading the pack for natural, organic sunscreen.
Avoid dehydration. This is of course a given. However dehydration can be a big issue during summer months. If you are breastfeeding, you may need to feed more frequently. If you are bottle feeding, you can supplement your feedings with a little bit of boiled cooled water. If you have an older child get creative. Many older children will get bored with drinking water, so find a way to get the liquids in. Homemade juice and fruit pops are a fantastic way to do this. Check out this YouTube video by Everyday Food for for some inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uykwCMuL6Xs
And lastly...keep it cool! Shut the blinds and close the curtains. This will keep out much of the suns harsh rays during the middle of the day and keep the inside of your home cooler. Let them splash! Pull out the kiddie pool or fill the tub with cool water and let them play.
Stay cool, y'all!