Welcome to our Summer Safety Guide for new parents!
Hey there, parents! We’re here to bring some sunshine into your lives with our guide to keeping your newborn safe in the summer heat. Parenting is a wild adventure already, so what you don’t need on top of that is a baby that is overheated, or dehydrated.
First things first, we want you to know that you’re not alone in this journey. We understand the joys and challenges that come with caring for a newborn during the summer months. If this is your first kiddo, the whole idea of “summer fun” has probably gone from canned drinks on a boat in a bikini… to guzzling water in the shade hiding from the sun? It looks a little different than it used to, but we are here to make sure you can still create some special summer memories. And to remind you that it’s a season of life, and experiencing summer sun safely can still be joyful!
When it comes to dressing your baby, think light and breezy, but covering as much skin as possible! We’re talking about adorable outfits made of soft, breathable fabrics that will keep your little sunshine comfortable and stylish. And don’t forget those cute little hats and shades to protect their precious peepers from the sun’s rays. Rash guards can be great for babies under 6 months old because they aren’t ready for sunscreen – but still need the sun safety!
Under the Tree (Not Sea)
Seeking shade is our secret weapon against the summer heat. Find those cool spots under a big, leafy tree or bring along an umbrella to create your baby’s personal oasis. Bring along a fan and a spray bottle filled with water, to stay extra cool!
Now, let’s talk sunscreen—it’s magic in a bottle! While we don’t recommend slathering it on newborns under six months, once they’re old enough, go for it. Grab a baby-friendly sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and lather up those exposed areas. And remember, reapply every two hours for maximum protection (a spray may be your ally in this fight!). If they are under 6 months (and really any age) there are some pretty amazing UV suits and onesies out there.
Hydration is the name of the game, folks! Keep your little one cool and refreshed by offering frequent feeds (however you do that!). Remember, little ones can’t have water yet so they need milk for hydration – expect more frequent feeds than usual during the summer months. For those budding foodies, pureed fruits and veggies with lots of water content are the way to go. Just make sure to consult your health care provider for the best hydrating options for your mini adventurer. We are big fans of homemade electrolyte popsicles for the older kiddos. And remember, YOU need to be extra hydrated too!
Creating a comfortable environment is the ultimate summer hack. Keep things cool and breezy indoors, by closing the blinds and curtains, and turning on all the fans and AC if you have it. Try cool wet cloths on the forehead and strip those babes down to their diapers! If you’re hitting the road, check that car temperature to avoid any meltdowns. Be mindful that the car seat and clips themselves can get hot in the sun, so make sure your kiddo has on light layers! Get some UV blinds for the back seat windows, and remember, never, ever leave your little one alone in a hot car. Safety first, always!
Pesky bugs? No problem! Avoid mosquito-heavy areas and use lightweight mosquito netting to keep those little critters at bay. And if you need extra help, consult your healthcare provider for bug-repellent options that are safe for the littles.
And last but not least, take a deep breath and know that you can enjoy the sun and summertime too. Take turns with the baby and get yourselves outside in the sun – that Vitamin D is good for you, as long as you’re doing the above!
With love and support,