Springtime is upon us and summer is just around the corner! It's a great time to do a quick warmer weather safety review, especially if you are a mom of younger children. Check out these 6 tips that we gathered to help keep you and your family safe this summer.
- Sunscreen! As the days get warmer for many of us, it’s easy to forget how strong some of those springtime rays can be. Make sure to find a good natural sunscreen for you and your kiddos. We love the continuous spray SPF by Babo Botanicals, made for sensitive skin. It's also great for kids with eczema. CeraVe makes a great sunscreen safe for babies under 6 months! Don't hesitate to speak with your pediatrician for more recommendations or questions about the best sunscreen for your kiddo. We also love to include a safety wetsuit for days where there might be a lot of sun exposure.
- Car Seat covers and shades. Remember car seat covers can increase the temperature for infants. So while you are trying to shade them keep in mind that the temperature typically increases. Check out this car seat cover that opens to let more airflow through.
- Hydrate. Make sure mom and baby have enough water. If you are breastfeeding, make sure to up your water intake as the temperature gets warmer to help keep your supply up. Babies are at a higher risk of dehydration in the heat because they don’t sweat as effectively as grown-ups. Be sure to offer breast milk or formula often to ensure they get the fluids they need. Signs of dehydration include dry diapers (or less frequent urination), excessive crying, redness, or fussiness.
TIP: Make sure to pack your water bottle and bottles in our insulated bottle pouch that comes included with every Ayla Bag to keep your liquids nice and cool.
- Safe Proof Your Garage and Yard. As the weather warms up and we spend more time in our yards, make sure to keep all pesticides, fertilizers, and sharp tools out of reach for wandering toddlers. Cover all window wells and pay attention to the hose water temperatures on hot days.
- Protect you and your littles eyes! It’s easy to remember sunglasses for ourselves but it’s easy to forget that a young baby being held by their mother is quite frequently staring straight up into the sky. Pay extra attention to direct sun while nursing or get a breathable nursing shade or cover or check out these cute baby sunglasses.
- Always check the back seat! According to Kids and Cars, forty-three children died in 2017 from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. In an overwhelming majority of child vehicular heatstroke deaths, it was a loving parent that unknowingly left their child in a vehicle. Stay informed about the risks of vehicular heatstroke and implement a reminder system to help keep your children safe.