What you need to cool down babies in hot weather
Staying cool is the name of the game when there are babies in hot weather. But this can be hard to do when you’re outdoors for hours with your kids in the summertime. Whether you’re taking your baby to the beach, enrolling them in baby swim lessons, or they’re on the sidelines for big bro’s soccer game, they are feeling the heat. We’re going to show you exactly what you need to cool down toddlers and babies in hot weather.
But first, pat yourself on the back for encouraging outdoor play. Outdoor play has so many benefits for kids. According to Psychology Today, contact with nature can provide a context for learning about science and nature.
From a social and emotional development standpoint, the friendships kids make when playing outside can be important for children’s overall long-term happiness.
Lastly, physical activity is linked to overall well-being and can act as a buffer against depression.
Now that you feel good about your decision to be outside, let’s jump right into the 7 things you’ll need for toddlers and babies in hot weather.
1. Clip on fans
Buy 2! Attach the first one to the canopy of your stroller/wagon, facing your child. Attach the second one to the handle of the stroller/wagon, facing you.
While the fans simply recirculate the air around you, it feels so good on the skin especially if used with item #2.
2. Misting spray bottle
Each pull of the trigger yields a few moments of bliss. For less than $10, skin will look dewy, hair will glisten but most importantly toddlers and babies in hot weather will feel a few degrees cooler. It’s the perfect size to throw in your diaper bag, stroller, or backpack.
We’ve had ours for over a year and haven’t experienced any leakage when the bottle is laying on its side or upside down.
3. Colorful kids umbrella/parasol
It will amuse toddlers, keep babies in hot weather protected from the sun, and if it happens to rain, keep them dry! 🌂
If you happen to purchase a clear umbrella, you can do a fun art project with your kids. In addition to the umbrella, all you’ll need is some acrylic paint, a paint tray palette, some paintbrushes and something to protect your floors (butcher paper, sheet, waterproof mat).
Simply dip the paintbrush into the palette filled with paint, and use broad brushstrokes to jazz up your umbrella. Have wipes nearby for cleanup.
4. Kids hat /sunglasses
Let them exercise their fashion sense by selecting their own accessories. They’ll be more inclined to wear them! 🕶
If you have an un-opinionated baby, just choose the item you’ll think they’ll look the cutest in!
5. Frozen burp cloths
This is a refreshing way to keep hands/faces of babies in hot weather, clean. Plus, and it gives any unused burp clothes some new life.
Frozen paper towels and chilled baby wipes also work well, too!
6. Ice popsicles
These concoctions only contain water, so no stickiness, just fun! Use them to ‘draw’ on your baby’s skin for a ‘cool’ sensory experience.
If you have a toddler, they will try to eat the popsicles in addition to drawing on everything with them. Remember, it’s just water.
7. Frozen teethers
Pop a teether or a pacifier in the freezer so even the littlest of the bunch can get some reprieve from the heat.
Another added benefit of traveling with frozen teethers, is they work especially well when your child gets a boo-boo.
Have a toddler? It’s difficult to overindulge in fruit snacks when they are frozen, so let the kids have their fun! (No judgment if you sneak a few for yourself.)
Concluding Thoughts on Cooling Down Toddlers and Babies in Hot Weather
Remember, you only need a few items to help cool down toddlers and babies in hot weather. Luckily, most of these items can fit nicely in a diaper bag.
You’re going to invest in clip on fans, which will carry you well beyond the toddler years. You’ll also purchase a spray mister bottle, which also has a multi-purpose use that comes in handy when styling your baby’s hair.
Find a cute umbrella, a hat and some sunglasses for your little ones.
If you have a baby, you probably already have burp clothes and teethers, so mist them with water and pop them in your freezer the night before.
Don’t forget to make some ice popsicles. They feel incredible on the skin and work wonders to cool your baby down.