• Carol Oconnor

    If you’re taking baby on holiday this year, one thing you’re going to need to prepare for is the hotter weather. Living in Ireland, it’s easy to forget that baby won’t be used to the hotter temperatures abroad. So, if you are looking to take them on their first sunny getaway in 2019, here you’ll discover some top ways to keep baby safe during the hot weather.

    Be sure to lather on the sunscreen

    Even in the shade, babies will still catch the sun. Therefore, you’re going to want to lather on the sunscreen to ensure they are adequately protected. However, it’s important to make sure you’re using baby-safe sunscreen. If your little one is younger than six months old, it’s also important to make sure you’re only using a minimal amount of sunscreen on exposed skin only.

    You’ll want to make sure the sunscreen has an SPF of at least 15, but when you’re travelling abroad it’s a much better idea to opt for SPF 30 or SPF 50. Another great tip is to use a little of the sunscreen before you actually travel. Apply a very small amount onto baby’s skin to double check they don’t come out in a rash. There are a lot of different types of baby sunscreen available and you’ll want to avoid the spray varieties as babies really don’t tend to like these.

    Ideally, the sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before you venture out into the sun, and it should be reapplied frequently. As well as applying it to the obvious areas, you should also apply it to baby’s neck, feet and ears.

    Dress baby appropriately

    Figuring out what clothes to dress baby in during the hotter weather can be tricky. Generally speaking, it’s best to dress them in lightweight romper suits both during the day and in the evenings. Avoid darker colours too as these will absorb the heat, potentially causing heat stroke.

    You’ll also want to protect baby’s sensitive head with a hat. It’s worth taking a few hats just in case you lose one. It’s also worth looking out for hats which feature a flap at the back to cover baby’s neck. If you plan on taking baby for a dip in the pool, swimwear which features built-in UV protection can provide great peace of mind. Just don’t forget to reapply the sunscreen when you get out of the water.

    Take advantage of great gadgets

    These days, you can get a lot of gadgets which help to protect baby against the sun’s harsh rays. Sun shades which attach to the pushchair are a great example. These help to keep baby protected while you’re pushing them around your chosen destination, as well as for when they nap in the pushchair during the day. Look out for sun shades which feature built-in UV protection.

    Another gadget you should totally take advantage of is a sun tent. You can actually save space in your luggage and opt for our great baby packs. These come with a sun tent, as well as larger equipment you’ll need such as a pushchair, bottle warmer and steam steriliser. You’ll need to pre-book your baby pack before you jet off and it will be waiting for you within your hotel on arrival.

    Your smartphone is another gadget you’ll want to make use of while you’re away. This can alert you to local weather reports, letting you know when the UV rays are going to be higher.

    Keeping baby cool and hydrated

    The hotter weather is going to really dehydrate your little one so it’s important to make sure they are hydrated. Offer them water frequently throughout the day and if you’re still breastfeeding, be sure to feed baby more frequently too.

    When it comes to keeping them cool, making sure you’re staying in a hotel which has air conditioning is a must. You’ll also want to ensure if you hire a car throughout your stay, you choose a white or at least a light-coloured vehicle as like with clothing, black cars will absorb the heat, making them dangerously hot inside. If you can only rent a black or dark-coloured car, using a reflector on the windscreen by baby will help.

    Taking baby on holiday for the first time can be daunting, especially when it comes to keeping them safe. However, the tips above will help to ensure that baby is fully protected against the sun’s UV rays and that they are comfortable throughout the holiday.