Babywearing in Extreme Heat

We are (hopefully) coming to the end of summer here in Phoenix, although the temperature still hits over 100 some days well into October.  We have a big outdoor event in about a week and a half in celebration of International Babywearing Week, so I thought I'd re-share this blog post from The Cloth Diaper 411 in case it's still hot outside.

One of the most common babywearing questions I get as a Master Babywearing Educator for our local Babywearing International group here in Phoenix is, "what do you do when it's hot?"  I usually joke that you grab your baby, throw them in any carrier, and run until you find a cool place to get them better situated.  I just returned from the International Babywearing Conference, where I taught a couple of sessions about babywearing in extreme weather, so I thought I'd share that information with you here today.

  •   Ring Slings—great for getting baby in and out of the heat quickly; natural fibers make cool, breathable options
  •   Mei Tais—straps provide minimal coverage for wearer, keeping them cooler
  •   Soft-structured carriers-minimal coverage and quick in and out with buckles, just make sure to protect those buckles from heat in the car so they don't burn you or baby
  •   Wraps—breathable, thin materials such as gauze are preferable to denser materials; wraps with UV protection from Moby Wrap are available as well
  •   Water slings & wraps—TaylorMade water mesh slings are excellent for cooling off in any water   

    Water mesh slings are perfect for wearing your little one in water

    Babywearing tricks:
  •   Stick an ice pack in the pocket of SSCs or MTs or inside the passes of a wrap
  •   Wear light, breathable cloths and dress baby in light clothing
  •   Place carrier in front of an a/c unit until you are ready to put it on
  •   Carry a spare prefold or light blanket or cloth to place between your chest and baby
  •   Invest in a foam blade hand-held fan to carry with you
  •   Wear a large-brimmed hat to provide shade for yourself and baby
  •   Cover baby’s legs with BabyLegs
  •   Put your baby carrier on while still in the cool car
  •   Carry an umbrella to keep you both shaded
  •   Use a carrier cover with UV protection

    BabyLegs provide excellent sun protection for your baby's legs while in a carrier

    Other survival tips:
  •   Carry a misting spray bottle filled with water and little rubbing alcohol to spray in your car. It will lower the temperature immediately.
  •   Carry a cooler of ice packs in your car and swap out the one in your carrier as the day goes on. Place one in baby’s carseat when you park the car.
  •   Cover baby’s carseat with a sunshade, light blanket, or a cover specifically made for carseats.
  •   Park and walk in shaded areas.
  •   Consider investing in tinted windows or an auto-start installation in your car. 

    A spray bottle filled with water a little rubbing alcohol will lower the temperature immediately when sprayed in a hot car


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About BWI of Phoenix

The Phoenix, AZ chapter of Babywearing International meets several times a month at various locations throughout the Valley. There is a lending library from which members can check out different styles and brands of carriers. Visitors to the meeting are welcome to try on and receive instruction on those carriers from our Volunteer Babywearing Educators. BWI Phoenix strives to educate and encourage parents and caregivers in carrying their babies and children. Each of the volunteers believes that babywearing promotes bonding, learning and growing together. You can join BWIP at any meeting for just $30/year (tax-deductible) and take advantage of member benefits, which include being able to borrow any carrier in our library for up to a month at a time.

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