Dress your baby in loose-fitting, breathable cotton clothes or only their nappy. Be sure to use sunscreen even on cloudy days, and keep them in the shade. To read more about sun protection for babies, visit the Cancer Council Queensland’s website.
Waterproof sheets can be a lifesaver when it comes to accidents in your baby’s cot or crib but they also retain a lot of heat and can make baby sweat. Take them off when the hot weather hits.
Fans are more economical than air conditioning and you can target cold air exactly where you want it. Turn the fan on in baby’s room before they take a nap and try placing a bottle full of ice water in front of it for an extra cool blast. Turn the fan on before you put baby down to sleep.
If you have a loft hatch, open it. Hot air rises, and it will help lower the temperature slightly in the rest of the house as the hot air escapes into the loft. Every little helps!
This one is so, so important. It can be easy to forget too, especially when you are a busy mum. Make sure you and your baby get plenty of water, especially if your baby is not exclusively breastfed (breastfed babies tend not to need as much water as bottle fed babies as there is a lot of water in breastmilk). Read more here.
Don’t have a pool? Give your baby a bath instead. Don’t be tempted to make it extra cold as they will feel the heat even more harshly when they get out. Even a lukewarm bath will help cool them down.
Grab some towels and place them under the tap until they are damp. They can be wrapped around baby’s feet to help cool them down. A damp towel between you and bub when you’re breastfeeding can also offer some respite to the heat.