Keeping your baby safe in the sun


Dealing with the heat


When we have a baby, temperature is one of the things we can obsess about so when we have a heatwave – or go on holiday – we worry just a bit more. So here’s some simple ideas to cool your baby down and to prevent your baby becoming uncomfortable and dehydrated…



Grizzly Baby

Your baby might be hot and uncomfortable so they might during the day and night. Things to try include:

  • In the house – strip your baby down to his nappy or a loose layer of clothing if he is too hot
  • Use a cool, ventilated room in your house
  • To keep your house cool it can help to close curtains/blinds to keep out the sun, put bowls of ice in the rooms you are using and put a wet towel on the radiator to keep the air moist
  • Use a fan – you can point it towards a bowl of ice to get some cold air circulating. Just don’t point it towards your baby.
  • A lukewarm bath can help, or just cooling down with a flannel or sponge
  • Chances are he might also be thirsty – a breastfed baby will need more shorter feeds to ease his thirst, an older baby can also have sips of water. A formula fed baby may want more feeds and a few sips of water 
  • A baby over 6 months old can also have melon or orange to suck on
  • With an older baby – make use of a paddling pool but remember to stay with him



Out and About

  • Try to keep your baby out of the sun – his skin is too sensitive and he may burn very easily
  • Keep him in the shade and dress him in light, loose clothes and a hat, ideally with a neck flap
  • During very hot periods during the day, try to avoid going out – mornings and evenings might be better for venturing out
  • Try to avoid covering a young baby in suncream as it may be too harsh for his skin – focus on keeping him out of strong sun instead
  • Babies can overheat quickly in the car when it is hot – don’t leave them in the car even just for a minute and make sure they are not getting too warm during car journeys. A sunshade is also worth the investment to stop the sunlight reaching your baby through the glass.




  • If you are breastfeeding – you will also need more fluids
  • Don’t forget to put sunscreen on you – it’s easy to be so focused on your baby that you forget about you!
  • If you are concerned about your baby – seek some medical reassurance
  • Don’t feel that you have to hide away – get out and about with your baby in the mornings and evenings when the sun isn’t strong



Signs that your baby is struggling with the sun and heat:


  • Your baby seems unwell
  • He is floppy, with a dry mouth or skin
  • Has fewer wet nappies than normal
  • His fontanelle (the soft spot on his head) is sunken
  • He is very irritable


Seek some medical reassurance if you are concerned – either see your GP or go along to A&E or a Walk-in Centre to get your baby checked out
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As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and parent support - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, different voices and links to the best products and services for families.