Summer is here, and that means it's time to put away your baby's coats and booties and pull out the rompers, shorts, and sunblock. And while it's nice not having to worry about keeping your baby warm, the summer brings a whole new set of worries for parents to ponder. From avoiding ticks and bee stings to purchasing the right sunscreen, a mom's work is never done. So, how do you keep babies cool in the summer? And, perhaps just as importantly, are the ways do so that won't increase the amount of "stuff" us parents have to haul around?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), keeping your baby cool, safe, and healthy in the summer heat can be a challenge, but it's also important. Babies can easily get overheated, and their skin is more sensitive and prone to sunburns. To make things more complicated, the AAP does not recommend sunblock for babies under 6 months of age, so to keep them cool it's best to find some shade or keep your baby inside, especially between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., when the day is hottest and the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest.