Preparing for your Summer Baby - MatchBox Handmade Designs

15 Sep 2021
Preparing for your Summer Baby - MatchBox Handmade Designs

Here comes the son – or daughter! While planning for the birth of a baby is a delight for all seasons, getting things ready for a summer bundle of joy requires a few more lists to check and boxes to tick.

Let’s take a look …

CLOTHES TO HAVE READY REGARDLESS OF THE SEASON

  • Diapers (disposable and reusable)
  • Onesies (both long- and short-sleeved): 6 pieces
  • Sleepsuits: 3–5 pieces
  • Rompers: 5–6 pieces
  • A cotton sweater
  • A zip-up sweatshirt
  • Hats: 2–3 pieces
  • Socks: 6 pairs
  • Soft baby booties: 2 pairs
  • Anti-scratch mittens: 2 pairs

TIPYou may be tempted because they are so cute, but don’t buy too many things; new-borns grow and gain weight fast!

THINGS YOUR BABY WILL NEED WHEN THE HEAT IS ON

  • Sleeveless onesies
  • A light jumpsuit for the outdoors
  • A brimmed hat (to protect little eyes from the sun)
  • A cotton cover for the stroller and car seat
  • A stroller curtain
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent (consult your paediatrician about this first) and, maybe just maybe; baby sunglasses, which come with a special soft strap to keep them in place
  • Car sun shields are great in summer and winter, particularly when the sun is shining directly into your little one’s eyes

SUMMER SAFETY TIPS

Temperature 

  • The ideal temperature for your baby is between 16°C and 20°C and the best way to measure it exactly is with a thermometer.
  • Keep curtains or blinds closed and doors and windows open during the day.   You could even switch on a fan, as soft air flowing over skin calms the nervous system. However, don’t leave it on, as it could be dangerous.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning or fans, a tepid bath will also do the trick.

Fluids

  • If you’re breastfeeding, your baby won’t need to be given water, although they may want to be fed more often.
  • If you’re formula feeding, you could offer her or him a few sips of cooled boiled water when it’s hot in between feeds, keeping in mind water should not replace milk feeds.
  • Remember – Nursing moms need to drink extra water to prevent dehydration and to keep up with their babies’ increased need for fluid.

Sun protection           

  • Babies younger than six months need to be kept out of direct and indirect sunlight because of the risk of heat stroke.
  • Avoid having your new-born outside between 10:00 and 14:00 when the sun’s rays are at its strongest. Use shade trees, tents, or umbrellas during outdoor activities.  

Shaded car windows

  • Shade the car window next to your infant.
  • Sunshades for infant seats and strollers can actually keep your baby’s space more than 3°C cooler.

Lightweight clothing

  • Reduce your baby's clothing to a single layer or to one more layer than you’re wearing.
  • Cotton garments absorb moisture away from the skin and help to prevent heat rash.
  • Needless to say, onesies are a favourite go-to.

Lightweight blankets

  • Lightweight blankets can help regulate your baby’s temperature when transitioning from one environment to another.
  • Avoid powders, creams, and ointments.
  • Creams and ointments tend to keep the skin warmer and block pores while baby powders do not improve or prevent heat rash.

 

For more information and a wide range of baby clothing and accessories, visit our online store, or contact us directly at:

Email: orders@matchboxsa.co.za

Phone: +27-72-831-0009

 

And for those who want to pop into our showroom … visit us at 71 Van Velden St, Brits.

Business hours:

Mo – Th (08h00 – 16h30)

Fr (08h00 – 15h00)

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