5 Tips to Keep Your Baby Cool and Happy This Summer

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As spring turns to summer and the temperature creeps up, many parents worry about keeping their little ones safe and comfortable in the heat. While it can definitely take forethought and planning to keep your little one cool, their summer smiles will be worth it!

 

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Make sure they have a good sun hat

If your little one is going to be outside for an extended period of time they should be wearing a hat. Look for a hat that is wide brimmed and provides shade over their whole face and the back of their neck. Some little ones have a hard time keeping hats on so a hat with an under-chin strap is a major plus.

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Think about getting an at-home splash pool

Though not all babies love baths, most do love splashing around in cool shallow water in the summer time. If you have the space, consider getting a splash pool for your home. Most splash pools are relatively inexpensive and can be filled and emptied over and over all summer. Just like a bath, baby should never be left alone in a splash pool.

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Dress them in light layers

Though the temperature outside in the summer gets warm, many indoor stores and restaurants keep the air conditioner on high. Dressing your baby in light layers, and making sure to keep a light blanket or jacket in their bag, will ensure their always dressed for the temperature, inside or out!

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Bring a spray fan on long outings

If you're going to be outside for an extended period of time you should consider getting a spray fan to keep your baby cool. Misting fans provide both a burst of cool mist and a nice breeze for babies and, when you're going to be at the zoo all afternoon or the park for several hours, they can help ensure they stay cool and happy!

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Time naptime to the hottest part of the day

Many doctors recommend that adults and kids alike avoid spending time outside during the hottest part of the day. Since most babies and toddler are still napping, do your best to time lunch and naps for the mid-afternoon and save your outdoor activities for the morning and later afternoon.

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Enjoy this summer!

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5 Tips to Keep Your Baby Cool and Happy This Summer

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. She is writing a memoir on pregnancy, motherhood, and sisterhood and lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. ... More

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