How to Keep Baby Cool in Their Car Seat and Strollers

How to Keep Baby Cool in Their Car Seat and Strollers

Originally published 7/5/2020.

The unofficial kick-off to summer is behind us, which means warm-weather adventures are ahead. Sweet spring mornings with moderate temperatures are a thing of the past. It’s time for high temperatures, lots of sun, and beach days. Across the country, temps are hitting 100°F, but life keeps moving forward even when it feels too hot to function. Whether you’re planning a road trip or going for a walk around the neighborhood, keeping your little one cool and comfy is essential. Here are our tips to keep baby cool in their car seat or stroller all summer long. 

Turn Up the Air Conditioning

It may seem obvious but turning on the A/C or aiming the fans just right are the quickest and easiest ways to prevent your LO from overheating. If you have a few minutes to spare before heading out, cool down the car before loading everybody in. Your family will enjoy getting the stale, hot air out of the car before you venture off. 

Use Sunshades to Keep Everyone Cool 

Sunshades that cover the windshield while the car is parked and unoccupied can help to keep the indoor temperature down in between rides to and from the beach. Window shades when driving can also help keep the sun off your little ones in the backseat. 

Invest in Strollers and Car Seats with Large Canopies 

The bigger the canopy, the cooler the kid – it’s simple math. Keep the shade with you all day long with the right sized sun canopy for your car seats and strollers. Especially when the sun’s rays are at their strongest, covering your baby keeps them cool (and burn-free). Our Tayla Modular Lightweight Stroller has a giant canopy and a mesh privacy shade that covers the entire seat. 

Keep the Air Flowing 

When you’re out walking, the movement will give your child a cool breeze to keep them from overheating. Consider getting an attachable fan to keep the air circulating even when you sit down for a well-deserved rest.  

Stay Hydrated

Babies lose moisture through sweating when it’s hot, just like the rest of us. However, unlike the rest of us, babies under six months can’t rehydrate with a cool glass of water. Keep a stash of formula or breast milk on hand when you’re out and about to keep baby’s thirst quenched all day.  

Dress to Impress

While you might want to cover your LO up to protect them from the sun’s rays, don’t overdress them. Keep it simple with lightweight, breathable clothing in lighter colors to beat the heat. Babies can’t regulate their body temperatures on their own as well as we can, so make it easier for them with minimal layers.  

Don’t Forget Baby!

The most important thing to keep in mind when out and about on a hot, sunny day with your little one is to never leave them in a hot vehicle. The temperature in your car can rise 40 degrees in just 30 minutes, according to the NHTSA. They recommend keeping something you need in the backseat to remind you to check for baby before leaving the car.

Summertime is all about making memories. Ensure baby’s first memories of summer are easy breezy with these tips and the comfiest baby gear. 

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