Summer Safety Tips for Baby

With summer on our heels and babies being so vulnerable, it is important to follow these safety tips to keep your baby safe:

  1. Babies under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight.
  2. 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).
  3. Always put a wide brimmed hat on your baby.
  4. 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.
  5. Never leave your child unattended near water – even 30 seconds along is dangerous.
  6. 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.
  7. Mosquito/bug repellent is important to use to ward off summertime insects Рproducts 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.