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Our top 10 Essential tips for surviving summer with a newborn


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Here at Xposure Studios we know that summer can be a magical time, filled with sunny family days, family gatherings and outdoor activities. But if you have a newborn dealing with heat and keeping your little one comfortable can be challenging. Here are our top 10 essential tips for surviving the summer with your newborn.

Stay Hydrated

Both you and your baby need to stay hydrated. If you are breastfeeding you’ll need to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and ensure goof milk supply. For forumla-fed babies, regular feedings will suffice. For older babies on solids, offering water in a sip cup is beneficial.

Dress for the weather

Light, breathable clothing is key. Dress your newborn in loose-fitting, lightweight and light coloured clothing to help them keep cool. Natural fabrics like cotton are excellent choices because they allow better air circulation. We love the clothes from Baby Melanie, Take a look at their website here. 

Keep baby cool

Newborns can’t regulate their body temperature well, so avoid overheating. Use a fan to keep air circulating and cooling your home. If you’re outdoors, stay in the shade as much as possible and consider using a fan on your pram.

Use suncream wisely

For babies younger than six months, it’s best to keep them out of direct sunlight and dress them in protective clothing, hats and sunglasses. For older infants use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 on exposed skin and re-apply every 2 hoarser after swimming or sweating.

Maintain a cool sleep environment

To ensure your baby sleeps comfortably, keep the nursery cool. A room temperature between 20-22 degrees is ideal. Use a fan or air-conditioning and dress your baby in light sleepwear. A well ventilated sleep space prevents over heating.

Plan outings wisely

Avoid being outdoors during the peak sun hours (10am-4pm) Schedule outings for early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cooler and the sun is less intense

Use baby carriers with caution

If you use a baby carrier be mindful that it can get very hot for both you and your bab. Choose a carrier made of lightweight, breathable fabric and take breaks often.

Be mindful of car temperatures

Never leave your baby in a parked car even for a short time. Cars can heat up quickly and become dangerous. Use sunshades for your car windows and make sure the car is cool before placing your baby inside.

Practice good hygiene

Warm weather can lead to more heating and drool which can irritate your baby’s sensitive skin. keep baby clean and change their clothes if they become damp. A gentle wipe down with a damp cloth with help refresh them.

Monitor signs of heat stress

Be aware of the signs of heat stress or dehydration such as flushed skin, rapid breathing, lethargy and fewer wet nappies. If you do notice any of these signs move your baby to a cooler area, offer fluids and contact a Dr if symptoms persist.

We hope our 10 essential tips for surviving the summer with your newborn will help you have the best time ever. Just remember every baby is different, pay attention to your little ones cues and adjust as needed. Stay safe, cool and enjoy those precious summer moments with your little one.


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