The heat can get intense in the middle of the summer, which is why it is crucial to always carry with you a few accessories to ensure your baby’s comfort. As your little one can’t regulate its body temperature that easily, having a baby at this time of the year is a challenge. Pack your bag easily everytime you want to go out with this guide we put together for you.
HOW TO DRESS
As babies under 6 months old can’t regulate their body temperature by themselves, we recommend you dress him/her with bodysuits and overalls most of the time. Why? Because the heat is distributed equally, which protects the baby when the temperature changes (heat, humidity, wind, cool nights, a/c, etc.).
We also recommend prioritizing light fabrics like cotton or bamboo, and light colors such as white, cream and light grey.
Also, warmer clothes and a blanket need to be in your bag at all times. Whenever you enter a building with air conditioning, use it to keep your baby warm and comfy even though fresh air feels good to you.
Psst! If your baby is overheating, his/her neck will become wet. That’s the sign to cool him/her down a bit.
Here is a checklist you can use before leaving the house to make sure you carry (almost) every item your baby needs for your summer outings. Feel free to add any item you find useful.
Baby sunblock and mosquito repellent
Stroller’s mosquito net
Milk / more water
Remember to keep your baby away from direct sunlight and stay in the shade as much as possible.
CAR SEAT COVER
Petit Coulou offers a summer car seat cover that fits most of the models currently available on the market. It protects baby from rain, wind, mosquitoes and sun. The Petit Coulou summer car seat cover offers unparalleled 4-in-1 protection, true to the quality we are proud of.
Here are the benefits you can enjoy by using our cover:
- Water repellent and breathable fabrics
- FPRUV 50* fabric: 98% UVA and UVB protection
- Detachable sun shield on one side that protects from UV rays, wind and rain.
- Mosquito net to keep mosquitoes away from baby
- Elastic contour with adjustment at the back
- Carrying bag included
In addition, our summer and winter covers act as a psychological barrier for the child, making him/her feel safe from the outside world which can be a major stressor.
To know all the characteristics of the summer cover, click here
The right sunscreen for your baby is a minimum SPF of 30 to properly protect against UVA and UVB rays. Apply for the first time 30 minutes before leaving the house and then every 2 hours or after swimming. Even in the shade, the sun rays can get to you and hurt your baby's soft skin, so make sure to apply sunscreen all day long when doing outdoors activities.
Products certified by the Canadian Dermatology Association should be prioritized, as well as lotion textures. Try not to use any type of sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months old! Above this age, choose an hypoallergenic, fragrance free and chemical free product certified for babies.
The same rules apply to mosquito repellent, which can’t be used for newborns under 6 months old and isn’t recommended for toddlers under 3 years old. If you really need to use one, try to avoid applying to body parts that aren’t exposed.
If you are out of options and you NEED to use a repellent on your kid, prioritize a low DEET percentage and look for natural products.
Feed your baby more often than usual when doing outdoor activities, as it prevents dehydration and heat strokes. Another good technique is to keep a small pool or a water sprayer with you to cool him/her down when it gets really hot.
You are now ready to go through summer.
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