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“...The earth is warm, the sun's ablaze,
It is a time of carefree days…”
This excerpt from a poem by Cecil Frances Alexander perfectly describes summer for kids.
But the scorching heat can make it hard for your little ones to enjoy the long summer days. In fact, your baby’s sensitive skin needs extra special care and protection during this time.
Here are some tips to help you and your babybeat the summer heat with ease!
1. Avoid Dehydration
Staying hydrated during summer is absolutely vital.But while it’s important to stay hydrated on the inside, it’s equally important to keep a baby’s skin hydrated on the outside. After giving your baby a bath, pat their skin dry gently and then massage their sweet skin with a mild baby moisturizer. Softsens Moisturizing Lotion and Softsens Baby cream are both gentle, hypoallergenic products that are perfect for baby’s skin in the summer!
Until your baby is six months old, he/she doesn’t require any water. Breast milk has enough water and also helps strengthen your baby’s immunity and will help them from getting dehydrated. Formula milk also provides your baby with enough hydration. Don’t forget to check your own water intake as well during this time, to avoid dehydration.
2. Dress Light
Sunny days and cotton clothes go hand in hand. Dress your munchkin in light shades of cotton to help them stay cool and cheerful. Did you know that Organic Cotton is more durable than regular cotton and feels lighter on the skin as well!Explore our 100% GOTS certified organic cotton bodysuits in pastel colours that’ll keep your baby cool and stylish all summer long.
3. Look Out for Skin Allergies
Skin rashes or infections can make your baby cranky and uncomfortable. Consult your pediatrician if you see signs of a skin infection as it can be quite uncomfortable for your baby. However, common diaper rash can be treated at home by using a baby diaper cream. Let your baby’s skin breathe and let them go diaper-free for a short time every day. Dress your baby in organic cotton apparel as it is completely non-toxic and safe on your baby’s delicate skin.
4. Make bath-time shorter
It’s advisable to bathe your toddler in lukewarm water even during summer but try and make baths shorter to avoid drying out of skin. Check the water temperature with the inside of your wrist and give the water a little swirl before you put your baby in.The ideal water temperature is 37 degrees Celsius. It should be warm but not hot.
Continueyour post bath routine with ?calming massage oil. Daily massaging improves your baby’s circulation.
5. Opt for light home-made food
Summers are not for oily or masala-rich foods. Keep meals light. Don’t overload your toddler with too many popsicles, ice creams or fizzy drinks. Try some natural coolants.
For babies below six months, increase the frequency of their milk intake. If you are feeding your baby, you should have enough intake of fluids too for a steady milk flow. These little things will help you and baby remain calm and gleefulall day long.
6. No Nappy makes Baby Happy
Yes, diapers do help to avoid any accidents and mess, making cleaning easier. But it is very essential to induce some no nappy time in your baby’s care routine. You might need to clean the mess, but your baby will be so much happier and more comfortable, walking and rolling on the floor, enjoying this no-nappy time. It also helps their skin breathe, keeping rashes and skin infections away.
7. Prepare for Rain Showers
On some days, one may feel the sizzling heat, and in the very next moment, it may start raining all of a sudden. Mummies, be prepared for such unforeseen scenes and situations as your little one’s immunity is still developing. If you foresee rain/storms, carry an umbrella, an extra pair of clothes for you and your baby, a few carry bags, napkins/towels to stay prepared. After all, you are your baby’s super mommy!
We hope you found these tips helpful! How do you keep your little one cool during the summer?