15 Sep 2021
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
TIP – You 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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