Heat-Reducing Baby Gear
Lower Baby's risk of overheating
When the mercury rises above 75 degrees Fahrenheit, it's important to keep your baby cool to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke, even more so during the infant stage. "Symptoms of heat exhaustion include excessive sweating, skin that is cold and clammy, and weakness," advises Dr. Alanna Levine, pediatrician. "It can also be accompanied by nausea or vomiting. Heat stroke can be fatal and includes worsening symptoms such as fever over 103.1 degrees F, red, hot dry skin, confusion and even a decreased level of consciousness."
So, when looking to keep Baby cool during hot weather months, here are six products designed to keep your baby from breaking a sweat:
Cool Mee seat liners
The Meeno Babies' Cool Mee Seat Liner Collection ($29.99 to $39.99) comes in an infant seat, car seat and stroller size to keep Baby cool while traveling in the hot summer sun. By promoting airflow between your baby and her seat, these must-have summer baby products will keep Baby cool with machine washable convenience.
Diono stroller fan
The Diono Stroller Fan ($19.99) will not only make traveling in the summertime a breeze, but also promotes air circulation which is vital to reducing SIDS. Simply insert two AA batteries, clip to the stroller or buggy and start traveling with less worry that your little one will get overheated.
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Aden + Anais muslin swaddle blankets
The Aden + Anais muslin swaddle blanket ($49.95 for a 4-pack) is a baby gear item worth the splurge. The breathable, light-weight material can be used to swaddle or shield your little one from the sun, especially during hot summer months when you want to keep Baby cool.
One Step Ahead car seat infant sun shade
The One Step Ahead car seat infant sun shade ($8.95) is a silver, heat-deflecting cover designed to keep Baby cool by lowering the temperature of his car seat by an average of 26 degrees. Elastic edges make it easy to use and the soft shape makes it compact to store.
Inglesina Universal Stroller Umbrella Parasol
The clip-on stroller umbrella by Inglesina ($34.99) offers on-the-go shade from the scorching sun when your youngster is taking a ride in the stroller or buggy. And, this summer baby product's bendable umbrella arm makes it easy to move the shade to keep Baby cool when you're on the go.
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BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Air
The breathable 3D mesh on the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Air ($99.95) helps you keep your bundle of joy close while still keeping Baby cool. As far as baby gear goes, this is one summer baby product you shouldn't live without — it keeps your hands free, your baby feeling secure and is adjustable to the wearer.
Even when armed with these six hot summer products to keep Baby cool, it's important to be on the lookout for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. "If you suspect your child is suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call for emergency medical attention immediately," advises Dr. Levine. "While you wait for them to arrive, try to bring the temperature down by finding a shady location and giving a sponge bath with cool water. Do not give fluids by mouth — it's best to wait for IV hydration."