If you need some newborn summer clothes ideas, want to know how to keep baby cool in hot weather at night, and want my general best tips on keeping baby cool in the summer, this will help.
Well, you’ve got a newborn baby and you are knee deep in that newborn sleep schedule.
You’re probably feeding what feels like every hour or two. Or maybe you’ve already figured out your newborn feeding schedule.
And hopefully you’re surviving the newborn phase well enough to now worry about… dressing that sweet baby!
There are some general rules of thumb for how to dress a newborn in summer months (particularly for sleep) so let’s dive in.
How to dress a newborn in the summertime
Style wise, you’re on your own there, mama. But safety wise, there are a few things to consider because we know keeping baby cool in the summer is a priority if you live in super hot weather.
When dressing your newborn baby during the summer months…
- Buy breathable loose materials. If the materials aren’t that loose, they need to be extremely breathable. Of course, if you’re in the north this isn’t as important, but for certain hot climates, it’s a must.
- Your baby doesn’t need to be covered from head to toe, but be mindful of sun exposure. Vitamin D is great, even for newborns, but you want to avoid sunburns, obviously.
- Bring layering blankets. If you dress baby for a hot day then it gets more chilly at night, you can always wrap baby up in a breathable muslin.
- Dress keeping the ambient temperature in mind. So if the a/c is on quite cool, baby needs less layers and maybe even diaper only.
How to keep a baby cool in summer at home
The easiest way to keep baby cool is obviously to put less layers on them.
You want to make sure that in homes with an a/c that it’s on nearly all day long in hot temperatures.
From the American Academy of Pediatrics published study…
“Although studies have shown an increased risk of SIDS with overheating, the definition of overheating in these studies varies.
Therefore it’s difficult to provide specific room temperature guidelines to avoid overheating.
In general, infants should be dressed appropriately for the environment, with no greater than 1 layer more than an adult would wear to be comfortable in that environment.
Parents and caregivers should evaluate the infant for signs of overheating, such as sweating or the infant’s chest feeling hot to the touch. “
Fans are also a great way to keep baby cool and they can be put on near baby’s crib, rotating, etc. to increase air circulation.
At night and for nap time, breathable materials, fans, and the a/c keep baby cool and will help promote healthy sleep habits.
How to keep a baby cool in hot weather at NIGHT
It is important that babies are kept at proper temperatures, neither too hot nor too cold.
And at night, this can be tricky!
Newborns also need to be swaddled to sleep well so parents can often get into a bit of a pickle.
How to swaddle baby in hot summer weather:
- Dress baby in diaper only and swaddle in thin sheet (this was suggested by a mother in a hot humid part of Australia!).
- Swaddle in a very light muslin blanket over a diaper only.
- Find mesh swaddles or mesh blankets that are able to be wrapped tightly.
- Wrap and swaddle baby’s arms only, not entire body.
- If you don’t have air conditioning, you can always lightly wet your swaddle so it’s damp.
How to keep baby cool in hot weather outside
As we know, there’s a lot of things to do with our kids during those summer months. And we want baby to come with us!
If you’re going to be outside in 90+ degree weather (hello, Florida!) there are some things to keep in mind,
- If you are wearing baby, get baby out of the carrier regularly to avoid overheating. The carriers are often made of heavy duty material that, while sturdy, can make baby hot.
- Get a shade or canopy for your stroller. Some strollers come with these, if not, buy one. You don’t want to cover the top with a blanket during super hot weather, but a breathable shade will keep baby cool.
- Use a spritzer. You can buy a fan that attaches to the stroller to keep some air circulating while you are outside wandering.
Need sample routines for babies 6 weeks to 5 years?
By now, you know how to handle the newborn days, but what after? The good news is this: you’ve set your baby up for a foundation of success.
Now all you need to do is continue to find routines that work for you and your baby as they grow up and begin getting bigger and bigger. Sob. After having had 5 babies with 5 different personalities, I know a thing or two about finding a good schedule.
This is why I’ve created a book of sample routines and schedules for babies ages 6 weeks up to 5 years.
The book includes information on how long to let baby stay awake, how much play time is good for each age, what to do with baby when baby is awake but not quite mobile, and even how to manage toddler and baby joint routines.
Chapters covered in Rhythms, Routines & Schedules include:
Section One: Sample Schedules
- 6 Weeks to 3 Months Old
- 3-6 Months Old
- 7-9 Months Old
- 9-12 Months Old
- 12-18 Months Old
- 2-3 Years Old
- 4-5 Years Old
Section Two: Tips and Tricks
- Tips for Managing the Day With Multiple Children
- Daily Rhythms for an Only Child Ages 1-4 Years Old
- Daily Rhythms for Multiple Small Children Ages 0-5
- Sample Bedtime, Mealtime, and Playtime Routines
- Tips for Keeping Kids Busy Throughout the Day
For more sample routines, mom tested and approved schedules for babies ages 6 weeks and up, check out Rhythms, Routines & Schedules right now.
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