Re: It's starting to get hot outside... can the sun and heat hurt my baby? How should I protect him?
Baby needs to be kept cool AND kept safe from those nasty UV rays. (Meaning, while instinct may tell you to yank off that onesie, it’s not quite that easy -- the more clothing you remove, the more skin is exposed.) According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies under six months should stay never be under direct sun. To shield that virgin skin without blocking the breeze, dress baby in thin, loose, light colored clothing, and cover as much skin as possible. (You should do the same for yourself!) Use a bit of sunscreen to protect any exposed skin, or simply keep baby shaded with hats, umbrellas, etc. (And yes, small amounts of sunscreen are ok to use on baby -- more info on this.) Can’t resist the urge to strip down? No problem. If you use a baby carrier with built-in sun protection, a diaper and hat are all baby really needs. Try a mesh version for maximum air flow.
Liquids are another major part of your summer cool-downs. Be sure to keep baby (and yourself) hydrated, and take advantage of any opportunity to get wet. Can’t make it to the pool? Try carrying a small spritz bottle of chilled water in the pocket of your carrier.