Endless days of sunshine is something we take for granted in Spain. Whilst the UK has to settle with summer thunderstorms, here in Spain it’s a cause for a social media storm if so much as a couple rain drops fall in the months of July or August. Shock horror! You’ll even see a few photos perhaps on Facebook of a slightly damp terrace tile perhaps!
So as the sun beats down it can often be a constant battle between enjoying some sunbathing and ensuring at the same time that your baby’s newborn skin doesn’t see so much of the same powerful sun. Keeping baby cool in the sometimes excessive heat is something to be very aware of in Spain as even a short time out in the sun can be dangerous for baby. During the height of summer it
How to keep baby cool
Always a winner for both Mummy and baby! Many paddling pools for babies and toddlers have integrated sun shades so make the most of the foot paddling opportunity for yourself too and start pumping up that pool.
Opt for light and loose clothing
If baby is to wear any clothes at all, opt for lighter colours that reflect heat back out better and ensure they are loose fitting and give baby space to move and breathe. Natural fibers like cotton are also more breathable fabrics. Remember that a thin layer of clothing will also help protect in the sun and will be better than exposing your baby to direct sunlight by being naked.
Keep Baby hydrated
Just as you enjoy frequent cold drinks in the summer, baby will enjoy them too. Whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding, ensure baby is kept hydrated and offer milk more often than you would do in the colder weather to keep him topped up.
Avoid the most powerful sun
Staying out of direct sunlight during the most powerful sun hours of the day, 11am – 3pm. Sounds like a great excuse for a siesta!
Keep Baby in the shade whilst out and about
There is a massive range of sun shades these days that are often universal and can be used on a car seat as well as a buggy or pushchair. We often make use of our SnoozeShade in addition to a sun shade on the pram when we’re out on the paseo. Remember, you can put your sunglasses on and look away from the sun, baby won’t be able to do that so protect his skin and eyes by keeping it cool and dark. Bear in mind also that babies with lighter colour eyes will be even more sensitive to the brightness of the sun.
Keep it cool in the car seat
If your car seat makes baby’s head a little sweaty you may want to think about using a muslin or light cloth behind their head to help keep them cooler. You may have a thicker denim covering on your car seat and opting for a summer friendly cover may help baby travel better by keeping her cooler. This goes for the pram too.
Keep air circulating
Keep that air flowing with a fan but keep baby out of the direct flow of air.
Use an age appropriate sun screen
Babies under the age of 6 months should be kept out of the sun altogether and one they are old enough, opt for a sensitive an age-appropriate sun screen whenever you’re out and about.
Keep the bedroom cool
Keep the room that baby sleeps in cool by ensuring curtain are closed or shutters are down during the day. This will help avoid the room heating up during the day and attempt to keep it cool for nighttime.