Babywearing is awesome for countless reasons, but there are some things you need to keep in mind when summer babywearing. We’d like to share some ideas with you on how to keep cool in your carrier so you can keep having your babywearing adventures, even in the heat of the summer.
Make use of a parasol or umbrella
- Sounds simple, right? Well, it is! And you’ll be giving you and your baby portable shade. You’ve already got your hands free to carry one, and people have been using parasols for countless years, so why not jump in and join ’em?
Dress yourself and your baby lightly
- You may even decide to let your baby keep cool in just a diaper or just a diaper and onesie.
- Try placing a lightweight towel or muslin receiving wrap between yourself and your baby.
Take babywearing breaks
- If either you or your baby feels too hot, simply take a babywearing break to cool off. Find a shady spot or go inside to some cool, air conditioned locale until you’re ready to roll again.
- We all sweat more when it’s hot out, and it’s important to replace that lost fluid. Whether you’re nursing your baby or not, be sure to keep both yourself and your baby well hydrated. Drink plenty of cold water and allow your baby to drink to thirst, whether it’s water, your breastmilk, or whatever your baby is drinking.
Use a baby carrier designed for hot weather babywearing
- There are a number of great summer-friendly wraps, slings and baby carriers out there. A mesh or linen sling, gauzy summer wrap or a soft-structured baby carrier designed to take the heat – like an Onya Baby Outback or NexStep, which are both lined in moisture-wicking Air-Mesh designed to keep you and your baby cooler – are all great options for keeping cool while babywearing.
Use cold packs to keep your baby cooler in her carrier
- We wrote a post about that, and it’s a super easy DIY summer babywearing hack. If your carrier has a pocket (all Onya Baby carriers do, because, well, pockets are good), you can just put the cold packs in the pocket and you’re good to go. If you’re putting the cold pack between your body and your baby, be sure to wrap it in a light cloth first. You want to keep your little one cool, not give her frost bite! Several people suggested using a soft cold pack, and we think that’s a great suggestion! Placing damp cloths around yours and your baby’s neck or on pressure points (such as around your wrists or ankles) is another great idea.
Looking for more tips and posts on summer babywearing? Check out these great posts from some of our friends:
Any tips we missed? What would you add?
Happy summer babywearing!