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How to Keep a Newborn Safe in a Hot Climate

by Tiffany Raiford

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your newborn baby’s wardrobe requires far more attention than your own when the temperature is above 75 degrees Fahrenheit. You need to ensure that your newborn stays cool and safe when temperatures rise.

Remove one layer of your newborn’s clothing when the weather is warmer than 75 F, advises the American Academy of Pediatrics. The rule is that newborns should wear an undershirt beneath pajamas and a swaddled receiving blanket. When the temperature warms, however, the rule is that you should remove some of these layers to keep your baby cool and comfortable. For example, leave off the undershirt, skip the pajamas or leave the blanket at home so that your baby is wearing only one layer of clothing.

Keep your baby’s arms and legs covered when you are outside, advises the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. Your newborn baby’s skin is to thin that it does not offer the same protection that your own skin offers when the weather is warm and the sun is shining. While you might be tempted to slather him with sunscreen, it is safer for him to wear long sleeves, pants, socks and a hat and to stay shaded with an umbrella or stroller cover.

Feed your newborn baby more often, according to the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. Whether you breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby, she will need to eat a little more often when she’s outside. Also, it is a good idea to start the car with the air conditioner running before placing the baby in the car. It is never, ever safe to leave your baby in the car, especially when it is hot outside.

Items you will need
  • Hats
  • Umbrellas
  • Bottles
  • Formula or breastmilk

Tips

  • If your newborn baby is premature, you will need an additional layer of clothing to keep him safe even when the weather is hot, advises the American Academy of Pediatrics. You should add an extra layer of clothing to his ensemble until he reaches the weight of a full-term baby.
  • It is OK to use sunscreen on parts of your baby’s body that are not protected from the sun, such as the baby’s hands and face, according to the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. You should use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
  • A tepid bath will help you cool your newborn baby down if she seems too hot from the weather.

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