So here’s a curious little fact about me that you may not know: I had the very same due date for both boys, two years apart. Yup! May 25th was circled on my calendar twice – what are the odds?
(Another curious fact: if you count backwards and do the math, that means my husband and I got frisky on Labour Day long weekends. Now, we vacation separately. Don’t want to chance another May 25th to circle on the calendar!)
My two May babies were born just before the hot, sticky summer weather rolled in, which presented a few challenges to this neurotic mom:
1) How do I know if he’s too hot? Do babies sweat?
2) What does heat rash look like?
3) Should I apply sunscreen to a one month old?
Ugh, I really stressed out about this kind of stuff with Ryder. (We all know that I just stripped Reid down to his diaper and left him in the bouncer. Cause that’s what you do with your second kid, obvi.) At the end of the day, I just wanted to make sure my boys were cool, comfortable and content.
(I found the above photo of Ryder at 13 months old… looks like he found a great way to keep cool on hot summer days! And ye gods – that kiddie pool was tiny – and so was he! Ah, memories…)
Today, I’m proud to announce that I am a Disney Baby Mom Ambassador. If you’ve been reading my blog over the past few years, you’ll know it’s a match made in heaven! (Yes, you’re also looking at a Disney Social Media Mom and a Disney Junior Mom… let’s just say I have a love affair with the brand.) As part of my collaboration, I’ll be posting the very best in tips and tricks straight from the experts at Disney Baby, in addition to sharing their latest products, innovations and promotions.
Coming along with me on this journey? My beautiful niece… who at 10 months old, is the apple of my eye! I am thrilled that she will be a bona fide Disney Baby.
To start, we all know summer with a baby can be a lot of fun. There are plenty of outdoor activities you can enjoy together and lots of new spaces for baby to explore. When you’re outside with your baby in the summer heat, comfort and safety are key. Here are some tips from Disney Baby on how to keep your little one cool, so you can get back to having fun in the sun.
1. Embrace Layering: Make sure you don’t overdress your baby. Loose-fitting, lightweight clothes are best, and light layers mean you can add and remove clothes as necessary.
2. Choose Cotton: Dress your baby in natural fibres. Cotton breathes and absorbs sweat more effectively than synthetic fabrics. Disney Baby offers lots of adorable summer options, like this Layette Set or this Minnie Mouse Skirted Creeper.
3. Stick to the Shade: Stay in the shade when you can find it and create some when you can’t. Buying an umbrella stroller is a great way to ensure that your little one is always protected from the sun.
4. Keep Baby Hydrated: If you’re spending a lot of time in the heat, you need to spend a lot of time nursing as well. Like you, your baby gets dehydrated and needs to replenish fluids. If your baby is older, make sure you always have Sippy Cups ready at hand.
5. Find Some Air-Conditioning: Malls, movie theatres and libraries all have air conditioning, and offer a great place to take a break from the heat. Not to mention, they’re a great place for both you and your baby to find entertainment.
6. Buy a Hat: Protect your baby’s head and neck with a cotton summer hat. This Winnie the Pooh Hat features a chin strap so it will stay firmly in place.
7. Have a Splash: Letting your baby play in a paddling pool or on a splash pad is a fun and easy way to cool them down. If you don’t have access to one of these, try a cool bath, or simply sprinkle some water on your baby’s hair.
8. Be Strategic: Avoid spending too much time outside in the middle of the day when the sun is at its hottest. When you can, it’s better for you and your baby to go out in the morning or evening.
How do you keep your baby cool in summer? What season was your baby born in?