Summer Babywearing Tips
With the sudden increase in temperatures here, it's time to chat about summer babywearing. (yes it's still spring but it's HOT).
Babywearing when the weather is hot is well hot, however there are some things you can do to make both of you more comfortable.
Dress down: Remember that your carrier is one more layer over your baby. Wear a light weight tank top or t shirt and dress your baby in something light weight like a onesie. That thin layer of cloth between you two will help reduce the sweat transfer, and less layers keeps your baby from overheating.
Wear for shorter periods of time: If you can, wear for shorter periods of time and give you and baby a break when you can.
Stay Hydrated: Drinking water will help you to feel better and help your body manage the heat. Also make sure your baby is nursing or feeding frequently to keep them hydrated as well.
Hats: Put a sun hat on your baby if you are going to be outdoors, maybe wear one yourself too! Hats will keep them shaded and protect those precious little heads from sun burn.
Cover Up: If your baby is younger then 6 months cover their legs or arms while outside to protect them from the sun. Babies older then 6 months you can pick a baby safe sunscreen to protect them with. A light cover up for you or sunscreen are also a good idea to keep you sun safe.
Stay In The Shade: When you are outside stay in the shade as much as possible to keep both of your cool.
Pick a carry with less layers: Look for single pass carries in woven wraps. For babies older then 6 months who can sit unassisted a quick ruck with a short wrap is a perfect summer carry. For front carries try a kangaroo carry.
Warm Weather Carrier suggestions: Consider a lighter weight carrier or one designed for hot weather. Linen is a great choice in wraps and ring slings. For woven wraps also look at something with a thinner weave, or look at a shorter wrap. We like the Wrapsoday breeze gauze wrap for summer, or a short cotton or linen woven (3.6 or small is considered a shortie) You can also look at a mei tai or buckle carrier, they are breathable and allow some great air flow. You can also look at a carrier that has a cool mesh like the new Tula Breeze or a Kinderpack.