keeping baby cool

Keeping Baby Cool During Hot Summer

We have had highs of 35 Degrees Celcius in the UK recently, something we really are not used to! Although now it is cooler and the sky is grey, the hot weather is set to return next week. It is extremely important to keep little ones cool. Here are some things that we have been doing to stop Izzy from getting too hot.

Lots of fluids! Breastfeed more often, when the weather is hotter and baby needs more to drink, our very clever bodies change the makeup of our breastmilk to meet our babies needs. If your baby is formula fed, you can give water (cooled boiled if under 6 months) between their normal bottles.

Give refreshing snacks (for babies over 6 months) such as cucumber sticks or a breast milk ice lolly.

Thin, loose clothing, such as a loose dress or a t-shirt which is a little bit big. When it has been very hot, you might even want to forget about the vest. On a night time, Isla has been sleeping in just a nappy & sleepsuit/vest (depending on the temperature in the room) with a very thin blanket.

Do not cover pram with anything, it might seem like you are doing good by keeping the sun off your baby, however, it can be extremely dangerous, as it actually makes it hotter in the pram for your baby, it prevents the air from circulating. I found this graph from Which? extremely helpful. pushchair overheat covered

Keeping your baby in the shade and try to avoid going out during the hours of 11AM-3PM, as this is when the sun is highest in the sky and therefore the hottest time of day.

Close the blinds. Open the windows. Keeping the blinds closed during the day can help keep the room cool and opening the windows will create a through draft.

A cooler bath before bedtime can keep baby at a nice temperature. Try and do relaxing things before bed, so that baby does not get worked up or excited.

Enjoy the hot weather!

A Busy Weekend in July

The weather was great, with temperatures around 25 degrees Celcius. I had arranged with Isla’s Dad to meet in Sunderland on Saturday. So, we got up nice and early and had our breakfast. I put suncream on Isla and a gorgeous little romper from The Disney Shop. It takes us about an hour to get to Sunderland, Isla was due to have a nap and I really thought she would sleep during the journey. She fell asleep minutes before we pulled into the last stop in Sunderland, luckily I had to return a top to New Look that I had bought in the sale but didn’t quite look right. I met Isla’s Dad and we went to New Look, I chose a new top. After I’d finished in New Look, Isla’s Dad called his family and asked where they would like to meet to see Isla.

 

After meeting with Isla’s Grandparents, we decided to get some lunch and go to the park. There is a lovely park just a 5 minute walk from Sunderland city centre, it has a pond with ducks and swans, a little play park for children, lots of nice places to sit. We got a Subway (Isla’s Daddy’s first time ordering a Subway – quite funny to watch) and sat on a bench in the park. Isla had sweet potato, carrots and peas for her lunch. After lunch, we sat on the grass, trying to stop Isla from eating all sorts off the floor. It was a lovely day out.

baby park

On Sunday, we had plans to go to Bents Park, which is down by the seafront in South Shields. The council put on “The South Tyneside Festival” throughout the summer, in the month of July they have bands and musicians playing on a huge stage in the park, this happens on four of the Sundays in the month. This Sunday was the first week, performing was, Jen Stevens (a local artist), Phats & Smalls (they had one song in the 90s), Aston Merrygold (from JLS), and Pixie Lott (I’m sure you’ll have heard of her).

family baby photo mum

I am not going to lie, I was a bit nervous about going with Isla. The idea of all those people coming over to “chat” with her, the loudness of the music and judging how hot it had been in past days, it was going to be a scorcher. It obviously, was not as bad as I had imagined… It never is! Yes, it was loud, and it felt like everyone wanted a turn at holding Isla, but maybe it was quite nice to have a little break, some me time, baby-free, adult time. I sipped on Rekorderlig and enjoyed the music.

baby sleeping pram pushchair

Isla was not bothered in the slightest by the loud music (as you can see in the photograph above… Ha!) She loves getting attention off people, so she also didn’t mind being passed around. I enjoyed the day, however, it did get really hot and now I’m sunburnt!

family baby photo

Breastfeeding Friendly Wardrobe: Summer

It can often be quite hard to find nice, pretty clothes that are suitable to breastfeed in. Yes you can do one up one down (a vest under a baggier top, so you can lift the baggier top and pull down the vest), but now that it is getting closer to summer and the weather is getting warmer, it can often get warm wearing 2 layers, plus we want to look nice, don’t we?

My go to style of dress for this summer would be a wrap dress, one which ties at the side. Another easy option, would be a dress with real buttons down the front.

Below are a few dresses I have found which are really pretty and summery, but can be worn by a breastfeeding mother.

hm 17.99
£17.99 H&M
George 16.00
£16.00 Geroge
new look 17.99
£17.99 New Look
new look 19.99 2
£19.99 New Look
new look 19.99
£19.99 New Look
new look 30.00
£30.00 New Look

Since having Isla, New Look has been one of my favourite places to shop, they have a wide range of wrap dresses and “real button” dresses and are reasonably priced too! But sometimes shopping online isn’t always the way to get the best deal, so it’s always good to go into your local store as they often have items reduced which are not on the website. I have bought some lovely dresses over the past six months for around only £5 each!

Let’s hope the sun is here to stay so we can wear some pretty clothes.