Tips for Staying Cool while Babywearing
From getting chores done around the house to traveling with family, babywearing is often a necessity! But when the temperatures or your activity level are high, it's important to try and stay cool. Read on to learn our favorite carrier options and other tips to avoid overheating when carrying your baby in a baby carrier.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT CARRIER:
We offer a variety of baby carriers that are ideal for babywearing in the heat. Choose a baby carrier that will provide the right fit for your child, offer optimal support for your planned activities, and you enjoy wearing. Some of the top options that we offer are:
Tula Coast Mesh Carrier
Our Tula Coast Carrier offers a reinterpretation of our original framed panel design using breathable mesh material which creates a ventilated carrier perfectly suited for active lifestyles and warm weather locales. The mesh panel keeps wearer and baby cooler as it allows for more airflow through the carrier! This stay-cool baby carrier is now also available in our Explore Carrier style.
Tula Ring Sling
On a really hot day, a lightweight Ring Sling can be ideal. A ring sling is a single layer of fabric across your baby. We offer a Tencel blend for lightweight yet supportive carries and an all Cotton blend for breathability. As a bonus, you can use the end of the tail to cover your little one’s legs when in direct sunlight.
Woven Wrap with Less Passes
For those who love to carry their baby in woven wraps year-round, a single layer carry is ideal. Kangaroo Carry, Traditional Sling Carry, and Rucksack Carry are all popular choices for warm weather wearing. When wrapping in hot temperatures, keep in mind that fewer passes mean more breathability and fresh airflow.
Additional Tips to Remember
- KEEP OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT: Even when you’re wearing a carrier that seems to be appropriate for the weather, keep in mind that it is always a good idea to keep out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time
- USE HATS AND/OR SUNSCREEN: Hats and sunscreen can help to prevent your little one from burning and/or overheating while you are out.
- APPLY SUNSCREEN PRIOR TO CARRYING: If you decide to use sunscreen, we recommend applying some time before going into the sun so that you are less likely to get sunscreen in the fabrics of your carrier
- KEEP BABY’S SKIN EXPOSED: When possible, it can help to keep baby’s skin exposed to allow for adequate air circulation. Since evaporation is an effective method of cooling, allowing baby’s sweat to evaporate off of exposed skin can help keep your little one feeling cooler.
- USE MISTING BOTTLES: Some caregivers even use a misting bottle or gently dab with a damp towel or cloth to help cool their skin and their children’s skin.
- WATCH FOR OVERHEATING: Watch for signs of overheating in your little one; the AAP notes that infants in danger of overheating may show signs including feeling hot to the touch (especially on their chest) or sweating.
- STAY HYDRATED: Be sure to get enough to drink! Since infants are more prone to dehydration in hot weather, it is recommended that you increase babies’ fluid intake during warmer conditions. Make sure that you and your baby drink enough water, milk, or formula to stay fully hydrated… and if you’re breastfeeding, keep in mind that you need to drink even more water than usual too!
- TAKE A BREAK: if you have any concerns about the heat, please err on the side of caution and take frequent breaks in a cooler location.