Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold - Just Right! How To Dress Your Baby
Babies have a hard time regulating their body temperature in the early days. Skin to skin is a great way to help your baby with their temperature along with many other wonderful benefits! But how should you dress your baby if you need to go out or if they aren't snuggling with you?
A Few Guidelines
• Generally speaking, dress your baby in one extra layer than you're comfortable wearing.
• Remember that feet and hands may appear purplish and feel cooler than the rest of their body. This is normal, but not a true indicator of your baby's temperature.
• Check your baby regularly (back of neck or under armpits) to ensure they do not overheat.
• An overheated baby may sleep through feeding cues and not be able to signal their needs. A cold baby will be fussy or cry to let you know they need warmth.
You can use this chart to help you make an educated guess on how warmly you should dress your baby.
Going out in Warm weather
You may be tempted to cover your stroller or carseat with a blanket to keep your baby’s skin protected from the sun, but this can be extraordinarily dangerous. Even with a thin muslin blanket tied over the seat, within 30 minutes, the temperature can rise to 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 degrees Fahrenheit.) and after an hour, as high as 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.) The air flow is just not sufficient to keep your tiny human from overheating. You can read more about the Swedish research done on covering strollers in summer heat here.
Other sun coverage options:
• A parasol/ umbrella attached to your stroller or car seat - there are many to select from!
• Sunscreen specially made for baby’s delicate young skin. We love the Matter Company’s, Substance Baby Suncare Stick with Calendula & Shea Butter
• Babywearing. There are many styles of carriers that have lighter fabric for warm weather. Cover baby’s head with a wide brim sun hat or a parasol over both of you. Carry your baby on your chest in a wrap or sling allows you to easily feel your child’s temperature. “Babywearing adjusts temperatures of wearer and the carried child, the child will never be warmer than you are, overheating is excluded.” You can get some other great babywearing tips and find fantastic carriers at Little Zen One.
Education is at the centre of Ruth’s approach, believing that knowledge is power and that informing our minds and bodies will help build an extraordinary life experience. Creative by nature and armed with an excellent knowledge of functional anatomy and physiology of pregnancy & birth, Ruth loves working with all sorts of bellies, babies and bodies!