Many Aussies are gearing up for one of the hottest Summer weekends on record. And while this might an exciting opportunity for many to hit the beach, it’s important to remember that our tiny humans are far more sensitive to the sun than us. Not to worry, we’ve got your back! Here are 6 tips on how to keep your bub cool through the sweltering heat.
- Take a quick, refreshing bath- A lukewarm or slightly cooler bath than usual might help to refresh your baby before bedtime and relieve any clamminess. Make it a quick one so that they don't get too chilly.
- Keep your baby calm- A calm baby will remain cooler than a frustrated baby. So, try to maintain a calming bedtime routine and offer reassurance and comfort if they are agitated. A cool compress dabbed gently on your bub may also help to cool and calm them.
- Check your bub’s temperature accurately– Babies’ hands and feet do get colder than the rest of their bodies so, it is natural for these to feel a little colder to the touch. If you are unsure about your baby's temperature, feel the back of their neck or use a thermometer.
- Spend time in a paddling pool – A little water in a plastic shell pool can provide lovely respite. Keep the pool in the shade during very hot weather and supervise your bub carefully at all times.
- Dress your bub appropriately - If the room is very hot, for example over 25 degrees for most of the day and night, just a nappy and thin cotton vest may suffice in keeping bub cool. Ensure you dress them in a sunhat with a wide brim or a long flap at the back to protect their head and neck from the sun if you’re going out.
- Circulate cool air – If using an air conditioner is not an option, give your electric fans a helping hand by placing a large bowl of ice or some frozen water bottles in front of the fan to cool the circulating air.