🌞 Stay Cool this Summer while Babywearing! 🌞Jun 21, 2023
With the summer heat in full swing, it's time to help our clients beat the heat while keeping their little ones close. Here are some easy tips, tricks, and ideas to keep caregivers and babies cool and comfortable during those sunny and hot days. It's time to apprise and support our clients in their Summer babywearing adventures!
1.Choose the Right Carrier:
Suggest lightweight, breathable carriers made from natural fabrics like linen or cotton. Additionally, they can look for baby carriers that have mesh material inserts. These materials allow for better airflow and help prevent overheating.
2. Dress Light and Bright:
Encourage caregivers to dress themselves and their babies in lightweight, light-colored clothing that reflects sunlight. They can also opt for moisture-wicking fabrics to keep sweat at bay. Light-colored carriers would also be a nice add in the Summer heat. If your client is breast/chest/body feeding, a ribbed tank like this one from Latched Mama can be a fashionable way to stay cool. It's easy to throw on an additional layer when they head indoors too.
3. Go for a Dip or a Sprinkle:
If your clients can access a pool, lake, or beach, recommend using water-friendly baby carriers. This way, they can enjoy cooling off in the water while keeping their little one close. It's easy to find water-friendly versions of their favorite carriers. If no pool, lake, or beach is available, a quick walk through a sprinkler or hose can be a fun way to cool off too. Need water carrier ideas: Check out Amphibia Baby and Beachfront Baby.
4. Beat the Heat with Accessories:
Introduce cooling accessories like neck fans or cooling towels for caregivers. A small water mister can also be an excellent addition. They can keep these handy while babywearing to stay refreshed throughout the day. It's nice to tell the baby what's about to happen if using a mister; it can even become a fun opportunity to play together.
5. Seek Shade:
Suggest clients plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day, such as mornings or evenings. Encourage them to seek shady spots when possible to avoid direct sunlight. A large wide-brimmed hat can help create shade for the caregiver and their baby when there is no avoiding the hottest parts of the day.
6. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate:
Remind caregivers to stay hydrated by carrying a water bottle with them. They should take regular sips to keep themselves and their babies adequately hydrated. If their baby is breast/chest/body feeding, then sharing that their baby may need to nurse more frequently will help them to understand and anticipate their baby's needs.
7. Alternative Carrying Positions:
Suggest alternating carrying positions like moving to a hip carry or back carry to allow the fabric to dry out and give the caregiver and baby a short break during the transition. This allows the wet clothing to dry, keeping everyone cooler.
8. Use Sun Protection:
Emphasize the importance of applying sunscreen to exposed areas for both caregivers and babies. Consider partnering with a local dermatologist for recommendations on baby-friendly sunscreen. UV-protected hats, clothing, and sunglasses are great additions to protect delicate skin and eyes. Such As UVSkinz
9. Take Indoor Breaks:
Encourage clients to take breaks in air-conditioned spaces, such as stores, libraries, or cafes, during the hottest parts of the day. This gives them and their little ones a chance to cool down.
10. Share Summer Babywearing Stories:
Lastly, inspire your clients by sharing stories and testimonials from other caregivers who have successfully navigated babywearing during the summer. Real-life experiences can motivate and reassure them.
Remember, as babywearing consultants, we play a vital role in supporting caregivers and their little ones. By equipping them with these summer tips, tricks, and hacks, we can help them enjoy the season while keeping their bond strong.
Stay cool, and keep spreading the joy of babywearing! 🌞👶🌿