10 Ways to Keep Your Baby Safe and Cool in the Heat

I have a new baby and I am already starting to dread the triple-digit temperatures of the summer. I have been through them before with my first son, but hot weather is always a concern when it comes to babies. Here are 10 tips for keeping your baby safe during those heat waves.

1. Stay fluid

Just like adults, babies lose fluid when the temperature rises. Parents Magazine says that babies should have their fluids increased by 50 percent on hot days.

2. Cover up

According to the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), babies under 6 months should not be exposed to direct sunlight. Babies have very sensitive skin that can burn easy. Dress babies in lightweight clothing that covers most of their body. Also, use brimmed hats to shade their face from the sun.

3. Block it

For babies over 6 months, you can use a sunscreen with SPF 15. There are many brands specifically made for babies, like this one from Aveeno. Make sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions and reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating. It is still recommended that you shield your baby as much as possible from the sun with clothes and hats.

4. Dress like twins

Well, not really like twins. Dress your baby how you’re dressed when at home. If you are walking around with shorts and a t-shirt, baby should be as well.

5. Get wet

Easy Baby Life recommends frequent baths to help cool down your baby. Just bring out the baby tub and watch your little one relax and cool down. Don’t forget to splash some water your way as well!

6. Made in the shade

When out and about, try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Choose parks with lots of trees as opposed to those with lots of blacktop.

7. Time it right

If you have to venture out in the heat, try to do it early in the morning or later in the evening. According to the AAP, the hottest times of day are between 10am and 4pm.

8. Live cool

Use an air conditioner, fans or open the windows. Try to make the house or vehicle as comfortable as possible. If the house is unbearable, then check with your local government agency to see if they have any “cooling centers” available. My city invites those with young children and the elderly to come to well air-conditioned community centers during heat waves.

9. Think before you sit

Baby strollers and car seats can get really hot in a matter of minutes. Check the seats before putting your baby in. Especially be aware if any there are any metal parts to the seat, which can get very hot and burn your baby. Also, if they have been in a seat for a while, babies might be getting sweaty or overheated. Easy Baby Life even suggests putting a thermometer in the stroller to monitor the heat.

10. Know the signs

Read up on the signs for heatstroke and dehydration. Call 911 immediately of you suspect your baby is in distress.


BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board, “Heat Stroke,” BabyCenter

BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board, “Dehydration,” BabyCenter

Cooling Centers,” City of San Jose

“Fun in the Sun,” American Association of Pediatrics

“Let the sun shine,” Aveeno

Nancy Mattia, “Making You Baby Comfortable in the Summer Heat,” Parents Magazine

“Spending Time With Your Baby in Hot Climate?”, Easy Baby Life