Keeping Your Baby Safe in the Sun

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When that hot summer’s day comes, you’ll probably want to spend it outdoors with your baby. However, direct sunlight and heat can have its risks – your baby’s skin and sensitivity to heat are still developing and so caution needs to be taken to ensure your baby doesn’t burn or overheat. Here are some ways to keep your infant happy in the sun.

 

Stay in the shade

The best approach is to keep your baby in the shade at all times. Find a tree or canopy to sit under. Babies that aren’t crawling or walking yet will be happy to lay and roll in the shade. However, if your baby is mobile, they’ll probably want to wander into the sun, so you’ll have to keep them monitored at all times.

 

Apply sunscreen

When your baby is six months old you can start to use specially formulated sunscreen. Until then, keep them in the shade at all times. Don’t be afraid to overdo the sun cream – it’s better to be overcautious. You can buy some tinted sun creams that show which parts of the skin have sun cream on and which parts don’t. There are lots of online sites that can point you towards the best sun creams for babies.

 

Protect the pram

When pushing your baby in its stroller, you need to ensure that no direct sunlight hits your baby. Umbrella strollers are a great purchase, protecting against the rain and sun. You can search online to compare the best umbrella strollers in 2017. Alternatively, if your pram doesn’t have a sun hood, buying a parasol for it could be another option (these clip on and are also useful for protecting toddlers in buggies).

 

Dress your baby for the heat

Light, closely knitted materials such as cotton are best suited for the heat. In very hot conditions, stripping your baby down to its nappy may even be worthwhile. A hat is also recommended for protecting your baby’s head, as their scalp may not have enough hair to provide natural protection against the sun. A good baby hat needs to have a Velcro chinstrap to stop the hat from falling off. You can even buy wrap-around baby sunglasses to protect your infant’s eyes. Stick to cheap accessories – there’s no point shelling out on top of the range baby sunglasses if you may not get much use out of them, especially given that low end models are just as effective.

 

Cool off your baby with water

A water spray can be useful for cooling your baby down in the intense heat. A paddling pool can also be great for cooling off your baby in the garden. If your baby isn’t walking and climbing yet, the paddling pool will act as a playpen, meaning that they can’t crawl off. Only fill with a shallow amount of water as you would do in a bath and keep the paddling pool in the shade. Throw some toys in and your baby will be in its element! (not all babies like water, but most do).

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The Trick to Getting a Baby to Sleep Through the Night – The DockATot

The DockATot may have saved me. You see, like so many sleep deprived parents, I was desperate for a full night’s sleep. I wanted to sleep and stay asleep for any amount of time longer than 3 hours. Jackson just did not like to sleep. Nurse? He liked that. He would have nights where he was waking up every two hours, like a newborn, at 15 months old. To say I was tired…. well, that felt like an understatement. I was exhausted.

Enter in the DockATot. If you’re unfamiliar with the DockATot- it’s a breathable, multi-functional pillow for babies and toddlers. It comes in two sizes: The Deluxe is for babies 0-9 months and Grand is for babies and toddlers over 9 months old. It was designed to mimic the womb and offer a snuggly safe place for babies to sleep. While most families use it while traveling or for safe co-sleeping, it can also be used when transitioning a child into their own bed. The air-permeable sides offer security for both parents and child as they can act as a bed rail.

 

I had seen people rave over them. This huge pillow for babies and toddlers…. It was supposed to help him sleep through the night. But the cost?! Over $200 for a pregnancy look-a-like pillow for a toddler. Ugh. I needed sleep. I needed him to sleep. So I bit the bullet. I contacted DockATot and they sent me a coupon code to use to help me purchase the DockATot Grand- the DockATot for infants and toddlers over 9 months old. Guess what happened next…..

Ladies and gentleman…. Jackson sleeps. He sleeps 12 hours every night. Straight through. I won’t pretend that it happened the exact day that we got the DockATot. Unfortunately, I learned just how easy it is to clean the first night we had it thanks to some toddler vomit. But after about a month of use, Jackson started sleeping through the night in his bed. We even traveled with it and the little boy that refuses to sleep away from home, slept pretty darn good!

We have “broken” the rule and allow it in his crib. This is NOT recommended by the company as it is against “safe-sleep” practices. But my husband and I felt comfortable since Jackson has the capability to move his head or get unstuck if necessary. He’s old enough for a pillow in his crib at 17 months old anyways. The DockATot has given him a sense of comfort and security and will stay with him as we transition to a toddler bed, sometime this year.

I can not say enough good things about the DockATot. It is super easy to clean, super comfortable- of course I laid on it! I love how easily it travels and can’t wait to take it camping with us! (If you didn’t know- Jackson was not a fan of the pack n play, therefore we had to take the crib mattress with us when we went camping 4 times last summer! Crib mattresses aren’t so easy to just take with you….)

While the DockATot may not be the exact answer to getting your baby to sleep through the night, it certainly helped us. In all honesty, Jackson may not have been ready to sleep through the night. Maybe he physically did need to nurse and cuddle mama all night- even though he REFUSED to cosleep- little booger. But I’ll continue to praise the DockATot for getting me some sleep. 😉

 

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Buon Bambini Pouch Topper Giveaway!

The Buon Bambini Pouch Topper has been such a lifesaver! You know how kids like to squeeze those food pouches until there’s a giant mess? Yeah- mama doesn’t have time for that! These pouch toppers will fit on the baby food pouches you buy from the store or the reusable pouches you fill at home.

The pouch topper keeps the mess at bay by controling the flow. Your baby or toddler can not squirt the baby food pouch all over the floor anymore! 😉 They literally have to suck it out like a straw.

I have been using this since Jackson started on solid foods last year and it is still a super handy food accessory in our home. It’s really easy to clean out either by hand washing with a nipple brush or rinsing it out and putting in the dishwasher. In my opinion, if you’re going to use food pouches, these are a must-have item!

 

Because this is one of my favorite baby food products and can be used into the toddler years- I want to give one away to a lucky reader! 🙂 Comment below with why you’d like one and subscribe to Fluff Bum Babies for a chance to win! I’ll pick a winner on April 21st! 🙂

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