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Babywearing when it’s hot in Summer!

11 Jan, 2024
Baby | Parenting

Carrying your baby is a fantastic tool to keep in your parenting tool box. It gives you that extra set of hands when children are tired, upset, needing love, or maybe their little legs just can’t walk any more.

Using a baby carrier all year round is possible! But there are some important guidelines and tips to follow to make the experience more safe and comfortable for both you and your child.

Picking a hot weather friendly baby carrier. There are actually a lot of options! A ring sling can be a good carrier choice for hot weather as there is only one layer across baby and it carries them to the side, rather than centre against your torso where most of your body heat will come off. You might also like to use a cotton, bamboo or linen wrap which are light breathable fabrics.

If selecting a soft structured carrier look for brands that offer a back panel made of breathable fabric that offers good air flow. The new OMNI BREEZE ErgoBaby Carrier brings breathability to the next level. Designed with Lightweight SoftFlex™ Mesh to create maximum airflow, it keeps you and baby cool and dry all day! We highly recommend.

Practical tips for Babywearing in the heat:
Before heading outside, dress both you and your baby down as much as practical to match the hot weather. Remember that your wrap, sling or carrier, acts as a layer of clothing too so be mindful of dressing for the heat. Your baby may be most comfortable in just a singlet and a nappy.

Where possible, keep in the shade or air-conditioning, and use a large hat or umbrella to offer shade for you both. A hand held fan can really help to blow fresh air on you and your child and sometimes dry up any sweat on your chest (ick we know, but yep! It happens!)

Keep extra hydrated and try to keep yourself as cool as possible. Your temperature will help to regulate your baby’s temperature so the cooler you are, the more comfortable your baby will be. A cooling towel or wet cloth around your neck can help with this.

Safety Reminders:
Remember to always keep safety front of mind. It is definitely possible to carry your baby in hot weather, but ensure that you monitor your child closely at all times. Always adhere to the TICKS safety guidelines. Tight, In view, Chin Off Chest, Close enough to KISS, and Supported back.

When your baby is being carried you will quickly be able to tell if their temperature starts to rise. You will feel hot yourself and uncomfortable yourself. Trust the queues of your baby and your instincts. If your child starts feeling too hot, it might be time to find another way to cool down. It’s worth noting that it is far easier for you to keep an eye on your baby, their breathing and their temperature, when they are being carried, rather than if they are in a pram. Your ability to easily monitor your child and respond to them is really helpful.

Ensure that you monitor your child’s breathing and airways too, keeping all clothing and fabric clear of their nose and mouth. Check that the carrier or wrap is firm against their back and that they haven’t slumped down putting their chin onto their chest. Keep their face from pressing against your body so that their airways always stay clear.

Remember that if its hot you are going to feel hot and sweaty! You can embrace it and do what you can to stay cool or it's okay to just say no, not today, it's too hot with a baby up against my chest! Dress for comfort and pick a carrier or wrap that matches the conditions. And have fun! Enjoy your summer!

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