During hot weather, it is important to keep your baby safe and cool when you are out with a pram or pushchair.
Top tips and advice from the Lullaby Trust:
- Do not cover your baby’s pram or buggy: By covering the pram with a blanket or light cloth the heat inside the pram increases which could lead to overheating. This is one of the risk factors that increase the chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) occurring. Your view of the baby will also be blocked which means you can’t see if your baby is getting into any difficulty and because the blanket is in the way it may be more difficult to check if your baby is getting too hot. You can check if your baby is getting too hot by feeling their tummy or the back of their neck.
- Use a clip-on sunshade or parasol.
- Face your baby away from the sun where possible or try to move to a shaded area if you stop for a rest or to chat.
- Ensure your baby has sufficient fluids.
For further information and advice on looking after your baby during hot weather, visit the Lullaby Trust’s website
You can also call our Surrey-wide 0-19 Advice Line on 01883 340 922 available from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). The Advice Line provides support on all aspects of child health, development and parenting.