Playing it cool - baby advice for hot weather
The sun is shining again and temperatures have reached 28º in some parts of the UK today! However it is very important not to let your baby (or their room) overheat in the warm weather:
• Room temperature should ideally be between 16-20ºC. 18ºC (65ºF) is just right. If you email your name and postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org we can send you a simple room thermometer.
• Check how hot the baby feels by placing a hand on the skin of his tummy, or the back of his neck.
• If the room where the baby sleeps is difficult to cool, follow the 'summer rules' of lighter bedding and open the bedroom door and a window if it is safe to do so, though ensure that the baby's cot or crib is not in a draught. You might also like to use a fan to cool the room, but don’t aim it directly on the baby.
• Use lightweight blankets or a baby sleeping bag. In this warm summer weather, your baby may not need any bedclothes at all.
• A baby should not sleep in direct sunlight
• Ensure that the baby has sufficient fluids, whether from breast milk or by offering cooled, boiled water.
Out and About
• remember young skin is delicate and very easily damaged by the sun. All children, no matter whether they tan easily or not, should be protected from the sun. Keep babies under six months out of direct sunlight, especially around midday. Read Top Ten Tips for safe sun care*: http://www.sunsmart.org.uk/advice-and-prevention/protecting-children/#Ten
* info from Cancer Research UK