With summer on our heels and babies being so vulnerable, it is important to follow these safety tips to keep your baby safe:
- Babies under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight.
- Make sure you put sunscreen (minimum SPF 30) on babies 6+ months if they will be exposed to the sun longer than 10 minutes. Use sunscreen on cloudy days as well (UV rays are still prevalent).
- Always put a wide brimmed hat on your baby.
- Keep your baby well hydrated – babies over 6 months can have water and milk to stay hydrated but babies under 6 months should only drink milk (they need the electrolytes from the milk). Hydrate them more often when it is hot outside.
- Never leave your child unattended near water – even 30 seconds along is dangerous.
- Never leave your baby alone in the car even when the windows are open – in addition to the car heating up fast, the car seat limits air circulation and can make your baby even hotter.
- Mosquito/bug repellent is important to use to ward off summertime insects – products containing DEET are not recommended for babies under 2 months although many parents prefer DEET-free bug repellents for younger and older children. If you do choose DEET, make sure it has a 10% concentration or less.