How do I protect my baby safely from the sun in the pram?
One of the most common questions we get asked is 'How do I protect my baby safely from the sun in the pram?" due to a number of viral scare stories that circulate about the apparent dangers of draping a blanket over baby's pram, which is why we felt it important to remind people of the facts.
This is the post I wrote when these stories first appeared on social media : don't be too alarmed at Swedish Scaremongering . Please read, and be reassured that your SnoozeShade is perfectly safe to use!
Because this viral scare story continues to be shared years after we originally posted this article we have put together more detailed information on why SnoozeShade products are safe and why overheating is not an issue.
Click to read more on why and how SnoozeShade is safe.
The most important element of sun safety for babies is keeping them in the shade and well hydrated.
Keep baby protected from the sun
Doctors worldwide recommend that babies under the age of 6 months are not exposed to direct sunlight at all.
If your baby is shaded then she is keeping cool and out of the sun's harmful rays too. But just in case, there are some sun safety tips in this post Why suncare for babies and toddlers is so important and Sun care for babies, .
For older babies use appropriate sun screen from April onwards (even on cloudy days). And don't forget hats!
It's best to avoid the hottest part of the day (midday) anyway, so get inside if you can.
Keep baby as cool as you can
If you cannot stay indoors (or don't want to - after all, we don't get much summer in the UK) then the most important thing you can do to keep baby safe in hot weather is keep in the shade and make sure baby is well hydrated.
Try and keep your baby as cool as possible. Keeping them in the shade is one way to do this, and why we recommend the SnoozeShade!
We've written a post on how to how to decide which SnoozeShade is right for you and your baby and how to use it to get the maximum benefit from it
Keep an eye on baby while sleeping
When your baby is sleeping, it's easy to forget the time and rush about doing all the things that you can't do while they're awake. And there's nothing wrong with that! But do check regularly on your baby, to make sure that they are comfortable. Use your judgement here. The SnoozeShade is fully air-permeable and safe to use, but we cannot predict how hot it is going to be and it may be more sensible to head inside than stay outdoors.
Inside, take steps to ensure your baby is not too hot while she sleeps. This post, Baby sleep: staying safe in warm weather, has lots of safe sleeping advice.