How to Dress Your Newborn on Hot Summer Days
It is an exciting thing to be a new parent. It can also be very overwhelming and you probably have many questions. One thing that can be overwhelming is all of the clothing and swaddle blanket options for your newborn. It seems easy to know how to dress your newborn when the weather is cooler but what about when it is a hot summer day? Overdress a baby and he could develop an angry heat rash; expose his fragile body to hot conditions and he could be vulnerable to a painful, damaging sunburn or to heatstroke, a serious affliction characterized by a high fever and rapid breathing. Here are some tips for dressing your newborn in this type of weather.
You have probably heard of the term “onesie.” This describes a short-sleeved, cotton, one-piece outfit. It comes down and snaps in between his or her legs. This clothing item is a great first step to dressing your baby in the hot summer months. By doing this, you have the flexibility of adding more clothing or taking clothing off and only having the onesie on your newborn.
You might think your baby needs to wear shorts or a skirt on a hot summer day. However, you need to make sure your newborn stays warm enough. Think about the day’s activities. Are you going to be sitting in the shade or inside an air-conditioned house? A good option to ensure that your baby is warm enough is to put light cotton pants over the onesie while indoors.
Hat for Baby
In outdoor settings, you may want to consider a hat to keep the direct sunlight off of your baby’s head and face. Remember, even in clouds on a summer day, your baby can get sunburned.
Provide Good Ventilation
Since a baby doesn’t perspire effectively, he can become overheated far more quickly than an adult. That’s why you should never leave an infant in a hot room or a parked car. Even a few minutes could cause his temperature to spike and, in extreme cases, may prove life-threatening.
Keep Baby Hydrated
Even if you don’t see beads of sweat dripping from your infant’s forehead, he can be losing precious fluids to perspiration in hot weather. A flushed face, skin that’s warm to the touch, rapid breathing, and restlessness may be warning signs of dehydration. Since infants under 6 months shouldn’t drink water (babies over 6 months can take in modest amounts), replace the lost liquids by giving him extra formula or by nursing more frequently. Babies should drink at least 50 percent more than usual in the summer (normal fluid intake is at least two ounces per pound per day), so a ten-pound baby who usually takes in 20 ounces should be offered a minimum of 30 ounces.