Newborns don’t have the best thermostats. Many of them – like my skinny guy – lack “insulation,” and their surface area, when compared to their insides, is much greater than our adult ones. They can quickly become overheated, and if you can’t reverse the symptoms quickly, you’ll need to get medical attention for your baby.
This is no joke, especially if you live somewhere like I do, where summer days often see temperatures of 100 degrees and beyond. My daughter was born at the end of July, and I remember some SCARY car trips. Even though I lived about 5 minutes from Target, if I made the short drive with her in those early days, even with the air conditioning blasting in the car, when I would pull her out of the car seat, she would be pale and clammy. SO SCARY.
And now with another hot-weather newborn (it was 102 degrees here on Saturday), I’ve learned a few things.
How to Keep Your Newborn Cool During Summer:
If it’s too hot to go out, stay in, even if you’re bored or need something from the store. That might seem extreme, but before long, your baby will be better at regulating his temperature, and you’ll have more flexibility. It’s scary as heck to see your baby WHITE, cool, and damp.