25 May 2018 | 3 min Read
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It’s just mid-May and time for vacation and travels. Soaring temperatures, sweltering heat and high humidity too are constant companions and they make us sticky, sweaty and uncomfortable. But that doesn’t mean you cannot babywear!
Choosing the correct carrier, carrying style and dressing right makes the experience enjoyable even in this hot weather!
Here are 5 things to keep in mind while Babywearing during summer:
1. Pick the right carrier
Most buckled carriers and Meh Dai are airy as they have open sides. Some international brands do have a mesh body panel to provide air flow. Light-weight and airy wraps like cotton/linen blend, linen, etc are great for Indian summers. Ring slings made out of light-weight and airy fabrics are a good idea too. Some hand woven and machine woven carriers are summer friendly. Check for manufacturer instructions and reviews.
Lesser the layers of fabric, the better it gets during summers.
So when using a wrap, try carry-styles that allow for single layer of cloth over the baby.
2. Dress right
Consider the baby carrier as an extra layer of clothing or sometimes more – in case of long wraps. Overheating can cause great harm. Hence, dressing light and dressing right is very crucial for both the baby and the wearer.
3. Keep hydrated and be cool
Drink enough water and juices to stay hydrated. Carry a tiny spray bottle and a pack of travel wipes to refresh. Consider carrying a handheld fan. These are easily available nowadays in toy stores and remember to take rest at frequent intervals.
4. Protect skin
Cover your skin and use a sunscreen and umbrella when you go out in the heat. Ideally, stay away from the sun as much as possible. If that is not possible, then use baby hats to protect that delicate head.
5. Skin to Skin
If you practice skin-to-skin with you baby, it is advised to do it in a well ventilated and airy room or with the air conditioning on. This is to avoid sweaty bodies from sticking together and getting more uncomfortable.
Other things to keep in mind:
Lastly, you are the best judge! If you or the baby feel uncomfortable or overheated, do take off the carrier for some time.
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