Having A Summer Newborn
The beautiful, but HOT season of summer can present a few challenges with having a new baby. And with record breaking temperatures already in the books, giving birth right now may seem a bit intimidating. Who wants to be trapped inside for the next 3 months? Instead of avoiding the heat altogether, learn how to best care for your newborn while you embrace this season. There are several things to remember – and not all are bad – about having a baby during the hottest part of the year:
If you are hot, baby is hot.
Find shade, head back inside, or jump under a luke warm shower together to cool off.
Hello Vitamin D!
Vitamin D is naturally provided through sunshine, and it conveniently helps reduce jaundice levels and increase the immune system. This does not mean that baby needs hours in the sun each day, but a stroll around the block will do her good! Even indirect sunshine will help her tiny body absorb the vitamin.
Newborns CANNOT drink water.
Nurse and feed your baby ON DEMAND. This means that the breast should be offered often when outside, and even more often if baby is fussy. Water is not recommended until 6 months of age, as it can harm the infant. (Remember to drink plenty of water yourself! A hydrated mom is a mom who’s milk supply should not be effected by the heat!)
Chlorine is Not Newborn Friendly.
After giving birth, a mother shouldn’t be in a pool until all postpartum bleeding has ended, and her OB/midwife has given the green light to swim. With that being said, a newborn has no business being in a chlorinated body of water. That baby skin absorbs everything, including harmful chemicals!
Use Coconut Oil Instead of Sunscreen
Sunscreen is not recommended until 6 months or older, but if you are nervous about sun exposure, rub some coconut oil on baby’s skin to create a barrier. This doesn’t mean baby can sunbathe, please understand that her time in the sun should still be limited!
It is a myth that babies need to be dressed warmer than you; this is especially true in the summer months. Stick to light-weight, cotton clothing with a brimmed hat that keeps sun off of baby’s face. No blankets are needed!
It’s Not Flu Season, But the Summer Cold Does Exist
There is no reason to be a germ-a-phobe, but know that there is plenty of pink eye, coughing, and snot that flies around during this time of year. If you are a breastfeeding mom, chances are your baby won’t catch anything because of the magic that is breastmilk, but it’s always smart to be aware of others around you.
Babywearing to Regulate Body Temperature
Keep baby skin to skin against your chest in a breathable carrier to help prevent overheating. Make sure to nurse frequently and head in to the air conditioning often.
Find a Few Awesome Products to Keep Cool
The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear Team has come up with a great list of ‘Summer Baby Must Haves’ for you to consider!
Luke Warm Baths Together – or Nightly ‘Wipe Downs’
Make sure to rinse all of those little baby folds because the body heat produces moisture that can build and cause thrush (yeast) growth. Thrush is nothing you want to deal with, so avoiding it would be ideal.
- Heat Stroke
- Heat Rash
- Increased Baby Acne
- Damp Hair
- Flushed Cheeks
- Heat Rash
- Rapid Breathing
Never second guess calling your care provider if you feel baby may be suffering from excessive sun exposure!