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BABYWEARING IN THE HEAT

September 8, 2019

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No matter what, babywearing in a warm country or in the summer time is going to be hot. So there are a few things to be considered.

 

- Clothing (wearer and baby)

- Carrier types & fabric

- Protection from the sun’s rays

- Keeping hydrated and cool

- What to be aware of when you come in from the heat.

 

 

CLOTHING

Light cotton clothing is best for both parties. A t-shirt for the wearer and onesie for the baby. 

 

 

PROTECTION FROM SUN RAYS

A baby’s head can be protected from the sun with an umbrella, hat, sun hood on the carrier or muslin. If using the sun hood or the muslin it is important to check that baby is breathing regularly.

 

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KEEPING HYDRATED AND COOL

It is important to keep hydrated when out in the heat. Depending on the age of the baby, give them extra sips of water as you wear them or feed them once you are in a cooler place. Patting baby down with a wet face cloth or fanning them with a hand fan can help to keep them cool whilst they are in the carrier.

 

 

WHAT TO BE AWARE OF WHEN YOU COME IN FROM THE HEAT

Both baby and wearer are going to be a little sweaty after babywearing in the heat. This is fine as both parties will dry off fairly quickly. However, it is important to be conscious of AC vents and putting a sweaty baby underneath one.

 

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CARRIER TYPES AND FABRIC

Select a carrier that is lightweight and breathable. Woven cotton allows air to flow through the weave of the fabric. Bamboo is known to be a few degrees cooler than cotton. Some carrier brands make a mesh version, but these are mostly made from polyester. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A mother’s breasts can adjust their temperature according to the temperature of the baby?

 

‘When infant temperatures were below 36.9°C breast temperatures were rising;

when infant temperatures reached 36.9°C or higher, breast temperatures started to drop.´ **

 

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**Study: Breast-Infant Temperature with Twins during Shared Kangaroo Care

 

 

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