Keeping Baby Safe During the Summertime
It’s officially summer! Time to stash those heavy coats and start daydreaming about vacation.
While summertime is lazy and carefree in a lot of ways, it can also be stressful for parents with a new baby in the house. Summer requires a few extra precautions for little ones – but if you follow these simple safety guidelines, you can relax and enjoy the season with your family.
Fun in the Sun
Make the shade your best friend. Babies have sensitive skin, but sunscreen isn’t recommended for infants younger than 6 months. Talk to your pediatrician before using sunscreen on your baby, and aim to keep her in the shade as much as possible, especially during the most intense sun of the day. Dress her in lightweight long sleeves and pants, and don’t forget the wide-brimmed hat! Make sure she stays hydrated and doesn’t get overheated.
A Stress-Free Vacation
Traveling and staying away from home can be nerve-racking at first. Try to get the lay of the land and settle into your new environment early on. Make a packing list well in advance so you remember all the baby necessities, from the extra wipes to the car seat for the rental. Scope out the hotel room or house where you’re staying for any potential hazards, and babyproof where you can. Keep an extra sharp eye on your baby near water, even the kiddie pool.
A No-Bug Zone
Mosquito bites are one of the big nuisances of summertime, but you can take preventative measures to protect your infant. Read labels carefully (and ask your doctor when in doubt), but most insect repellents are safe to use on babies older than 2 months. You can also drape your stroller or baby carrier with mosquito netting, and avoid being outside in the evenings when bugs are most active.
A Hot House
When a heat wave hits, monitor the temperature in the nursery so it stays comfortable for your baby. Many of Levana’s baby monitors feature customizable temperature alerts that give you on-screen or audible notifications when the room gets too hot, so you always know your little one is safe.