Dressing babies in the summer can be difficult for parents. If your baby is not dressed appropriately, he/she can be exposed to heat, which is unsafe for babies. Heat can cause rashes, burns and heat hyper-pyrexia, which is fatal for babies. To guarantee your baby stays healthy and dressed adequately during the hot baking summer, read our helpful tips below.
A guide to dressing your baby appropriately in the summer
Do not overdress your baby
Overdressing in babies can cause fever, high temperature and redness of body. During hot weather, you should dress your baby in a comfortable cloth, that will ensure he/she breathes well. Dress your baby in loose clothing with breathable fabrics. Pick natural fibres over synthetic materials (like nylon). Also, tight weave fabrics should be worn by your baby when outside, to be protected from sun heat.
A sign of overdressing in babies is the dampness of head, neck and a sticky or hot stomach.
Short sleeves/ long sleeves
The key to dressing your baby correctly during the summer is wearing them a few layers. When indoors, you can dress your baby in short sleeves or just a diaper ( in a regulated temperature). When outdoors, avoid using sunscreen, if your baby is below six months. Sunscreen may contain harsh chemicals that are not suitable for your baby’s delicate skin. Light long-sleeve shirt and trouser, produced with breathable fabrics. To shade your baby from outdoor heat, you can use umbrellas and tents. Also, shoes and socks can aid to limit exposure to sunlight.
Onesie pyjamas for bed
On hot and sweaty summer nights, it is advisable to wear onesies. For swaddling, use breathable and cotton blankets. Avoid pyjamas made of wool or fleece. Keep loose sheets away from your baby’s bed to avoid suffocation.
Dark coloured items of clothing absorb heat greedily because the dark colour is heat conductors while light coloured clothes absorb less heat because bright colours are poor conductors of heat. So, your baby will feel more comfortable in the summer sun while wearing light coloured garments. Dark coloured clothes may trap heat, and cause sweat and discomfort.
Sun protective hats
Hats are among the protective articles of clothing that your baby has to wear when outdoor during the summer. Hats will protect your baby’s eyes and face from the sun. Your baby’s skin is fragile and can easily be damaged by the sun’s harmful ray. If your baby’s face and neck are unprotected, they may age prematurely and develop skin problems later. Sun hats, especially those with a wide brim, can serve as essential sun shields.
While it is recommended to avoid using sunscreen on your baby’s skin, UV-protected clothing is a better alternative. Because of the thin, sensitive skin of your baby, ultraviolet rays can be fatal. They can cause skin cancer and sunburn. That is why finding quality UV-protected clothing is essential.
The UV-protected clothing that your child needs has to be soft and have a UPF rating of 50+ if your baby will be spending much time outdoors.
It is essential that your baby remains hydrated during the hot summer heat. It is not uncommon to be dehydrated in the summer because of the sweltering heat. Babies are more likely to suffer from dehydration than adults. Their bodies are incapable of retaining extra fluids, and they sweat more frequently than adults.
So keeping your baby hydrated should be a priority, give them water in between feeding. You can also provide them with watermelon (if they are above six months) because they contain a lot of water. Be wary of your surroundings and how hot and sweaty you are. Pay attention to the car temperature before getting the baby in.
Watch out for dehydration and overheating
If your baby loses too much fluid, dehydration or overheating may set it. Overheating, on the other hand, happens when babies are too hot and uncomfortable. Dry diapers, dry mouths and sunken eyes are symptoms of baby dehydration. At the same time, common signs of overheating are heat rashes, reddish skin, fast heartbeat, fever without sweat, unresponsiveness and weakness, constant vomiting and dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms in your baby, please seek urgent medical attention.
Meanwhile, if you notice your baby is overheating, you can provide relief by feeding him with fluids and wearing lighter clothes.