The weather is getting warmer which means that you will be wanting to spend more time outdoors with your newborn, as you should! That is because the extra vitamin D from the sunshine is good for you and your newborn, and your entire family. However, there are also important factors that you need to be aware of when it comes to dressing your newborn or older baby in the summer.
You are well aware already that even though the sun provides a healthy dose of vitamin D, it also carries harmful UV rays that can be damaging to your baby's skin. And you can only apply sunscreen that is meant for infants when he or she is 6 months of age or older. However, there are other ways to keep your baby younger than 6 months of age protected from the sun and the temperatures by dressing them the right way. Below are the steps to dress your baby comfortably for the summer:
- Think Light-Colored Cotton When It Comes To Shopping For Onesies - The best thing you can do is dress your newborn or baby regardless of the age in a light-colored cotton onesie. Light colors help to reflect the sun’s rays away, and cotton is a breathable material that will keep your infant comfortable. Besides if you are entering an air-conditioned room, you can add layers of other clothing to your baby without having to take the onesie off. And when you go back outside, you can remove the layers easily. However, unless you are in a completely shaded area, you will want to add a layer of clothing when you are outdoors with your baby in order to protect your baby from the sun's rays which will be covered in the next point.
- Dress Your Infant In Summer-Appropriate Clothing Over The Onesie - Your baby is wearing that light-colored onesie. You will want to put on shorts or lightweight pants on your baby over the onesie. A T-shirt is not necessary.
- Dress Your Baby In Appropriate Sleepers For The Summer - Your home will be air-conditioned during the summer whether you have an actual A/C unit or you have fans going. That means the home will be cooler and you will want to make sure that the type of sleepers that you are dressing your baby in is slightly heavier in weight. If the home, however, stays warm inside, then you will only want to dress your baby in lightweight sleepers.
- Always Put A Hat On Your Baby Outdoors - Whatever you do before taking your baby outside, be sure to put the summer hat on your infant's head before heading out the door. This will keep your baby protected from the UV rays, and will also prevent your baby from being overheated.
And you will also want to look for signs of overheating such as a heat rash, lethargy, and irritation. This can be dangerous, and if you suspect your baby is overheated, you will need to take him or her to the pediatric clinic. Additionally, do not put sunscreen on babies under 6 months of age which has already been mentioned. Be sure to seek out shade instead, or get an umbrella to use in order to provide that shade if you plan to spend plenty of time outside. You will also want to limit your baby to sun exposure between the hours of 11 am to 3 pm where the UV rays are at its peak!