Essential baby items for a cool and cozy summer

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Even though pregnancy comes with many challenges, giving birth to a summer baby allows for new experiences like taking a leisurely stroll on the beach with your newly created family. Warm temperatures also require minimal clothing, providing an excellent opportunity for skin-to-skin care. Unfortunately, summer temperatures are sometimes dangerous for your newborn.

Extremely high temperatures can affect your baby’s comfort. Below are some essential items to keep your baby cool and comfortable during the summer heat.

Baby stroller with canopy and fan

If your baby loves the outdoors, make sure you have a Diono stroller with canopy and fan before going for a picnic or a walk in the park. The canopy should extend beyond the hood of the stroller to protect the baby from harsh rays. Before purchasing the stroller, it is prudent to ensure that the product has not been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Have the right clothes

baby on the beach
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You need to choose clothes that will keep the baby cool and comfortable despite the summer temperatures. Here are some tips to consider when choosing clothes for your baby for the summer:

  • Pure cotton garments are more absorbent than synthetic fiber garments made from polyester, rayon, or nylon. Cotton absorbs your baby’s perspiration. It also dries quickly, preventing the development of rashes.
  • Dress your baby in light clothes if you go out. Avoid dark colored clothing, especially black, as it absorbs heat. Light colors, such as white and cream, reflect light and tend to stay cooler.
  • Light clothing with long sleeves protects the baby’s skin from direct sunlight. It keeps the baby cool.
  • Cover your baby’s head with a hat if you go outside. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, wide-brimmed baby hats can protect your newborn’s head and face from harsh UV rays. The hat should be large enough to cover his head, ears and neck.
  • Make sure you have a lightweight cotton outdoor blanket. These blankets are useful when traveling and want to breastfeed your baby, swaddle or change diapers. The baby can also use them as play mats or bibs.

Diaper rash cream

Even if your baby wears cloth or disposable diapers, rashes are inevitable during the summer. The only way to alleviate severe rashes is to use a prescribed diaper rash cream. Apply cream liberally and make sure it has been fully absorbed into the skin before putting on fresh diapers.

baby lotion

Your baby’s skin will become dry, itchy and scaly due to the hot summer weather. Body lotions can do magic for the skin, especially after bathing. Always prefer lotions with natural and herbal ingredients. These are good moisturizers to restore baby’s soft and glowing skin. You should also use an all-natural sunscreen to protect your baby’s skin.

Although this summer checklist for newborns is not exhaustive, your list may change depending on your location. However, if you are experiencing the first summer with your baby, the items mentioned above are crucial for your first outing. You can customize these items for prevailing temperatures and baby’s unique needs.

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