Hot weather & baby carrying
I am so pleased that Sarah Persin from The Sling Library, Guildford has guest blogged for me to let us all know about wearing your baby in this hot weather
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Babywearing provides numerous benefits to both adult and child. With tailored, individual service Sarah can support you to safely and confidently carry your baby.
It’s getting hot in here!
Carrying your little one in hot weather is definitely possible, and being mindful of a few more details could help make things more comfortable and safe for both of you. You know yourself and your child - and your tolerance of the heat - best so always follow those instincts.
most carriers count as one extra layer of clothing (three layers for stretchy wraps and Caboos) so bear that in mind when dressing you and baby. Baby could be in a vest or even just a nappy. You could choose a lighter sling (eg a linen or cotton ring sling or carriers designed specifically for the hot weather).
drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Frequent breastfeeds for a breastfed baby or small sips of water if you're formula feeding (cooled boiled water for a baby under 6 months). If you breastfeed in the sling remember to return baby to their original upright position once they have finished the feed.
Hip or back carries can be cooler as they hold baby's body away from the centre of your torso.
Keep yourselves cool with a fan, parasol, seeking out a shady spot or taking a break from carrying. Don't forget to protect exposed areas of skin with suncream and hats.
Use a buggy if you both feel more comfortable (remember not to cover the buggy with a cloth or blanket as this can raise the temperature inside even further).
If you’re a particularly hot person, will be carrying regularly during the summer months or are going abroad, there are carriers specifically designed with hot weather in mind. Visit your local sling library or consultant to try out a few options in person.
At Guildford Sling Library they have a wide collection of carriers for you to browse, try on a few and hire for a fortnight to test how they work for you from day to day.
Library sessions are held on alternate Wednesday mornings (school term time), 10-11.30am in the Cafe Bar at The Electric Theatre, Guildford. The cafe is open for refreshments all morning so you can enjoy a coffee and cake while waiting to be seen, or do feel free to come along for a hot drink and chat even if you don't want to hire that week.
Thank you Sarah for this brilliant advice about carrying babies in hot weather and roll on the sunshine now!
Lots of love