Although being pregnant in the sweltering heat isn’t fun, having a summer baby comes with some amazing perks. For one thing, the weather is pleasant, which means that you can take leisurely strolls with baby and get some much-needed fresh air. Warmer temperatures also mean fewer layers, providing more opportunities for skin-to-skin time with your baby.
That being said, the hotter months can pose a few dangers for newborns. To keep baby safe and happy this summer, we’ve created a summer newborn checklist for parents. Read on for 10 must-have essentials that every parent needs.
1. Lightweight Baby Clothes
When the mercury rises, be careful not to overdress your baby. Lightweight baby clothes made from breathable fabrics are best for baby in the summertime. If you’re going for an outdoor stroll, dress your newborn in a sleeveless bodysuit and remember to pack an extra layer or two (i.e., long sleeve shirts and long pants) in your diaper bag in case the weather changes.
2. Cotton Blanket Sleeper
Visiting friends or family with baby? Keep in mind that a lot of people crank up the air conditioning in their homes during the warmer months. To keep your little one comfortable, pack a cotton blanket sleeper that is warm enough to help them sleep without making them too hot.
3. Newborn Sun Hat
If you’re going outside with baby, don’t forget to cover their head. A wide-brimmed baby hat shields your little one’s head from UV rays. Make sure that it’s big enough to cover their ears, head and the back of their neck.
Baby sunglasses are far more than just an adorable accessory. They’re vital to protecting your baby’s eyes from the sun’s rays. Too much UV exposure can cause eye damage in babies which may lead to the development of cataracts and other eye problems. To safeguard your baby’s eyes, invest in a high-quality pair of sunglasses that block 99 percent of UV rays.
5. Baby Swimsuit
Getting ready for baby’s first swim? Pick up an adorable baby swimsuit made from comfortable, fast-drying fabrics. If your baby is under six months, try to look for a long sleeve baby swimsuit that offers more coverage. According to a pediatrician at the FDA, it’s better for babies under six months to cover up rather than using chemical sunscreens on their sensitive skin. Don’t forget swim diapers!
6. Car Shade for Windows
Some parents forget that UV rays can penetrate car windows, which can lead to accidental sun exposure for baby. To help protect your little one from harmful UV rays, pick up a UV car shade that will effectively block the sunlight from your windows. For longer car rides, consider dressing your baby in UV protection clothing as an added precaution.
7. Baby Car Seat Cover
Another way to keep your baby cool in the car is by using a baby car seat cover that blocks UV light. For the warmer months, look for a baby car seat cover with airy fabrics and a breathable mesh panel. Not only will it provide better ventilation, but it will also keep the bugs away from your baby.
8. Breathable Baby Carrier
Have multiple kiddos and only two hands? Parents of multiples all know the struggle. A baby carrier will make your life much easier this summer by helping you free up your hands. To ensure you and your baby’s comfort, find a lightweight baby carrier made from breathable fabrics such as cotton.
Tip: Before you buy a baby carrier, it’s a good idea to check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure that the model hasn’t been recalled.
9. Nursing Cover
When baby gets hungry during your summertime outings, a lightweight nursing cover will no doubt be useful. For the warmer months, you can’t go wrong with a nursing scarf made from muslin cotton. Not only will it look chic around your neck, but it will also offer some comfort and privacy while you nurse your little one.
10. Outdoor Blanket
From picnics to beach trips, an outdoor baby blanket is an absolute must for the summertime. It’s always nice to roll out a blanket and relax while your baby marvels at the world around them. Look for one with a spill-proof upper layer. The best outdoor baby blanket will be able to handle everything–from mud and wet grass to the inevitable diaper blowout.
Enjoying Summertime with Baby
This summer newborn baby checklist is by no means comprehensive and may change slightly depending on where you live. But if you’re having a baby this summer and don’t know what you need for baby’s first outing, this list will hopefully give you an idea of where to start. You can always add items based on the weather and your little one’s unique needs.