Summer has arrived in Sydney. And what an arrival… The thermometer showed over 36 degrees yesterday in our beach suburb of Cronulla. It was even hotter in land. Humidity was also very high, so no wonder we felt really sticky.
There are a few things to remember when babywearing in summer. Actually most of them apply without babywearing, so I thought it was a good idea to summarise them here.
When out and about, make sure you protect yourself and your baby from the damaging UV rays. Babies have very fine skin, so if your baby is under 1 year, try to avoid chemical sun protection (i.e. sunscreen), and replace it with physical sun block. In plain terms, cover your baby with a cloth, or use parasols. Also remember to avoid sun screen on yourself where your baby is likely to lick your skin.
We can easily get dehydrated in hot weather. This also applies to your baby. Be sure to drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated, and offer drinks to your baby more often than usual. Remember, a fully breastfed baby does not require extra fluids if she is fed on demand, any time he wants (find more information here)
Dress baby down
When you are babywearing, your baby carrier is an extra layer on your baby. So in heat, you can choose to put your baby in the carrier in a single nappy (or even without), to minimise the number of layers on him.
I personally like to wear a singlet, so we have one layer between us. Skin to skin in a carrier can be very uncomfortable (sweaty, may cause heat rash).
Choose a light carrier
As with clothing, you don't want to use a thick and warm carrier on a hot day. Sometimes it also means avoiding multi-layered carries.
Carriers I have used (and would use again) on hot and humid days:
Hoppediz Lightweight and Pune wraps, Hoppediz Ring slings, Bondolino, JPMBB 3m wraps
Carriers I didn't find comfortable on hot days:
Standard Hoppediz wraps, Manduca carriers, JPMBB 5m wraps
Enjoy summer and enjoy babywearing :)