Keeping Your Newborn Cool During the British Summer

The British summer can be unpredictable, but when the heat does arrive, it can be challenging for both newborns and new mums. Keeping your little one cool is essential for their comfort and health, and as a new mum, managing your own temperature is just as important. Here are some tips to help you and your newborn stay cool during the warmer months.

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Tips for Keeping Your Newborn Cool

**1. Dress Appropriately:**
Newborns don't need many layers in the summer. Dress your baby in lightweight, breathable cotton clothing. A single layer of a short-sleeved bodysuit or a nappy with a cotton vest can be sufficient. At night, a light sleep suit or just a nappy if it’s very warm will help keep them comfortable.

**2. Create a Cool Sleeping Environment:**
Ensure your baby’s room is well-ventilated. Keep curtains or blinds closed during the day to block out the heat. At night, use a fan to help circulate air, but ensure it’s not blowing directly on your baby. You can also place a bowl of ice in front of the fan to cool the air further.

**3. Hydration is Key:**
If you’re breastfeeding, offer feeds more frequently to keep your baby hydrated. 

**4. Avoid Overheating in the Pram:**
Never cover your pram completely with a blanket or cloth, as this can increase the temperature inside and reduce air circulation. Use a pram with good ventilation or a parasol to provide shade while allowing air to flow.

**5. Cool Bath:**
A lukewarm bath can help to cool your baby down. Avoid using cold water, as it can be a shock to their system.

**6. Seek Shade:**
Whenever you are outside, ensure your baby is in the shade, especially during the peak hours of 11 am to 3 pm. Use a sunshade or a UV-protective cover for the pram, but make sure it's ventilated.

**7. Monitor Temperature:**
Regularly check your baby's temperature by feeling the back of their neck or tummy. If they feel hot or clammy, take steps to cool them down.

Tips for New Mums

**1. Dress Comfortably:**
Wear loose, breathable clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton. Light colours reflect heat and help keep you cool.

**2. Stay Hydrated:**
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Keeping a water bottle with you can help ensure you’re drinking enough fluids.

**3. Cool Showers:**
Take cool showers or baths to help reduce your body temperature.

**4. Rest in a Cool Place:**
Find the coolest room in the house to rest and spend time with your baby. Use fans or air conditioning if available.

**5. Light Meals:**
Eat smaller, lighter meals to avoid feeling overheated and sluggish. Fresh fruits, salads, and smoothies can be refreshing and nutritious.

**6. Manage Hormones:**
Fluctuating hormones can make you feel warmer than usual. Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing, and ensure you’re getting enough rest, even if it’s in short bursts.

**7. Stay Indoors:**
During the hottest parts of the day, stay indoors where it’s cooler. If you need to go outside, try to do so in the early morning or late evening.

 NHS Resources

For more detailed guidance, visit these NHS resources:

Keeping Babies and Children Cool

 [Newborn Care Tips

Coping with Heat During Pregnancy]

By following these tips, you can help ensure that both you and your newborn stay cool and comfortable during the British summer. Remember, keeping your baby’s environment well-ventilated, ensuring proper hydration, and dressing appropriately are key to managing the heat.

Please note, that the KM Nottingham Photography studio does have an airconditioning unit and a big fan to keep you comfortable if you are coming for a maternity or newborn photoshoot.

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