Here in the South, we know about hot summers. I remember one day when it was 104 degrees in the shade with 90% humidity, & if you think that kind of humidity can’t happen without rain, think again. To put a positive spin on it, I like to think that the South is simply God’s personal sauna, & everyone loves a sauna, right? Right?!
I got lucky with a fall/winter baby that meant fluffy blankets & cozy sleepers & easy baby-wearing. Plus, he was my firstborn & I didn’t have to worry about exposing him to the elements with the exception of the 10 yards from the house to the warm car. Who has two thumbs & all the luck? This girl.
(HA! We all know that’s not true.)
When summer 2010 rolled around, Harrison was mobile on his knees & the heat was climbing & I spent many spare moments devising ways to keep him cool & comfy. The easiest way was to toss out all the fussy outfits & keep him in light cotton onesies. They’re cute, they’re appropriate, and pants are so 1900s. Also, so much faster for diaper changes! If his knees started to get skinned, I put little baby leg warmers on him. I loved this get-up so much that when I went through the clothes he’d grown out of so I could decide what to store for our next baby, I tossed almost everything but onesies.
We also set up a gazebo-type tent over our back deck to put his little splash pool under. It kept the sun off him so he could stay out longer, & it kept him & his nanny/me/daddy cool while we supervised! This thing is pulled out every year now. Right now it’s covering his pool, splash table, sandbox, etc. We are hardcore about protecting our very Irish skin.
Lastly, we spent several weekends down on the coast since we’re so lucky to be only 3 hours from the beach. The breeze always feels so good, & with a body of water always nearby, it’s the best way to beat the heat with a kiddo in the summer.
What are your stay-cool tips for your tiny people in the summer?