It's getting hot out there, ladies! Richmond summers are no joke, but that doesn't mean you have to skip your outdoor workouts. There are lots of ways to keep your kids cool during the hot and humid months ahead. Stay cool, ladies! We've got you covered!
1. No Need to Dress Up- Do not try to over protect your baby or toddler with multiple layers and caps during the summer.A thin, loose cotton dress, or t-shirt and shorts, can work wonders. Pure cotton or muslin cloth has the property to absorb the sweat our body produces and ushers a cooling effect.
This article has some great tips on how to dress your baby and how to know when baby is too hot.
2. Hydration, Baby!- Make sure both you and baby are staying hydrated, especially if you are still nursing. Insulated sippy cups like these or water bottles can keep water icy cold for up to 6 hours in the hottest of climates.
For kids (or adults) who don't enjoy water, try adding in sliced fruit or make fruity ice cubes by adding tiny pieces of fruit to an ice cube tray. Kids can also have homemade popsicles or frozen fruit to suck on using mesh feeders or silicone feeders like these. You can also add gelatin to your homemade popsicle recipes to make them non-drip and easier to eat in the stroller.
Infants under 6 months should not drink water, so replace lost liquids with extra formula or breastmilk. In the summer, babies should drink at least50 percent more fluids than they usually do. If your babies are too young for water, they have tips for making breast milk popsicles here, or keep your milk or formula cold with these insulated bottle bags that have straps to attach to the stroller.
Signs of dehydration:
- Skin that’s hot to the touch
- Rapid breathing
- Sunken eyes/fontanel
- Crying without tears
- Decrease in wet diapers
3. Feel the Breeze- Most new strollers come with a removable back panel for added ventilation to help you beat the heat. Make sure to check if yours does. You can also create your own natural air conditioning by gently wetting your child's face, hair and neck with cool water and allowing the breeze to cool them off. If that's not cutting it, you can also purchase a battery-powered clip-on fan like this one. It can be a life-saver on humid summer mornings!
4. Made in the Shade- Often those sun shades on our strollers just aren't big enough to provide proper shade. Invest in a stroller canopy extender like this one or try this Stork & I nursing and stroller cover that has mesh to provide ventilation and also allow you and baby to keep a close eye on each other. If you need to shade baby and don't have one of these products, keep a muslin blanket or two in your stroller basket at all times. They are breathable and allow air to flow, but still provide the shade you need. They also make great nursing covers, burp cloths, or even baby togas for when babies have a blow-out and you realize you've forgotten to put extra clothes in the car. Been there!
5. Keep it Icy- Ice can be your best friend during Richmond summers! Use this trick from Heather at Mommy Nearest and make a frozen water bottle sandwich. Fill up a water bottle 2/3 of the way, freeze it and wrap it in a towel. Place one on each side of your little one in the stroller for some cooling power. Be sure they are supervised as the cap is a choking hazard if they figure out how to unscrew it. Invest in some child-friendly ice packs like these Mommy's Kisses cold packs, small ice packs covered with cute animal fabric. They can keep your baby cool and you don't have to worry about anything leaking out when they chew on them. For teething babies, these Nuby Icy Teething Keys or the Mam Cooling Teether could provide pain and heat relief in one go! For a blast of icy coolness, you could also bring along frozen baby wipes, a la' Natalie, a super easy cooling method for both you and your kids!
6. I'm still cool- These products are great for keeping kids and moms cool: Cooling towels, this cooling headband, this CooliBar blanket or these Cooling Gel Stroller Liners or Mesh Seat Liners. If you're feeling crafty, there's even a tutorial to make your own cooling liner here.