Hot mamas, hot babies, hot tips

Lovely mama-to-be and mamas, temperatures are on the rise every year, summers are tough when you have babies on board on babes in arms.

In addition to checking in on your elderly family, friends and neighbours we thought we’d do a little check list for yourself ❤️

🤰🏿In pregnancy it is common for women to experience skin changes, whereby exposure to the sun can create darker patches due to hormonal changes and an increase in pigmentation and sensitivity

🏖 Try to avoid direct sun exposure between 11:00 – 15:00

💧 Water and lots of it. Fill the freezer with ice lollies, freeze slices of watermelon or add fruit to ice water

🍉 Eat fresh cold raw fruit & veg, water rich food (watermelon, cucumber, oranges, grapes)

🥗 Prep your evening meal at lunch to fight late day fatigue. (Salads, cold meats, quiches, beans)

🌞 Don’t forget about sun cream and then reapplying it regularly.

🥵 A basin of cold water and ice cubes for your feet and a massive hat to protect your head and shoulders

👗Natural fibres in your clothing, keep it loose and baggy (cotton and linen)

🥱 Nap, nap, nap. Even if you can’t sleep, lying down, naked, with a damp towel or tea towel over your breasts and/or bump can be jis5 the thing. Now is the perfect time to start focussing on your breathing techniques

🦵🏾Legs up to assist with keeping fluid retention to a minimum

💨 If you haven’t already invested in a fan, plug in or hand fans can be a full on life saver! You can get some hand fans with a mister included in the pound shops. Plug ins don’t have to break the bank, keeping your curtains pulled during the day and then windows open at night with a desk fan helping to circulate the air can make all the difference

😴 Another top tip is to look out for cooling mats for pets, the smaller ones can fit inside your pillow case to keep your head and neck cool and the larger ones can be put under your fitted sheet to keep your body cooler at night.

Of course we wouldn’t leave out you beautiful mamas and your babies❤️

👩🏽‍🦲Babies aren’t able to regulate their own body temperature so the aim is to keep your baby from overheating and staying hydrated in warmer weather. So here are our top tips to keep your baby cool in this hot weather

🥵 Babies (6 months and under) and young children ideally should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible, especially between 11:00 – 15:00

🤱🏾 Breastfed babies may need extra feeds in the hot weather. Fully breastfed babies do not need any water until they’ve started eating solid foods

🍼You can offer bottle fed babies a little cool boiled water in addition to their milk feeds. If your baby wakes at night, they’ll probably want milk. If they have had their usual milk feeds, try cooled boiled water as well

👶🏽 If you are weaning your baby you can offer sips of water

🛁 You could sit with your baby in a shallow paddling pool to keep them cool or run them a cool bath before bedtime

🪟 Keep your baby’s/your bedroom cool during the day by closing blinds or curtains, then opening the window at night

🌡Dress your baby in loose, lightweight, cotton clothing or even just a nappy if it is very hot

The @lullabytrust offer the following information about pram covers

🌞 When you’re out and about in this lovely weather it’s important to keep your baby cool and out of direct sun. Stay in the shade as much as possible

⛔️ Do not cover your baby’s pram with blankets or cloths as this could cause your baby to become too hot. Instead, use a parasol or shade to protect your baby from the sun, but make sure that air can circulate and you are still able to see your baby and monitor their temperature

🔆 If you’re worried your baby is getting too hot, check their temperature by feeling their chest or back of their neck, if their skin feels clammy, this is a sign they are getting too hot

🚼Unfortunately we cannot comment on individual products. We encourage parents to check that any product they use has passed the necessary safety check and contact the manufacturer directly with any questions

❤️ Sam & Kelly x

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