As the temperature rises, most of us will rejoice in the fact that we can finally say goodbye to our woolly jumpers and thick socks, but for babies, the summer heat can be quite uncomfortable and even dangerous.
To ensure your little one is cool and safe at all times, make sure to take note of the following advice:
1. Up their fluid intake
Babies don’t sweat like adults but they can still suffer from dehydration so it is important you give them extra fluids. Babies under six months should not be given water so prevent dehydration by nursing more or giving them an extra bottle.
2. Dress them in loose clothes
Keep your little one cool by dressing them in light, cotton clothes and putting a hat on their head. 
3. Give them a bath
If it is particularly hot during the day or night, give your little one a cool bath to reduce their temperature. A cool cloth on their body is another way to cool them down if you are out and about. 
4. Keep them out of direct sun
It is important you keep your little one out of direct sunlight so avoid going out between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest. Babies under six months should be kept out of direct sunlight as their skin is very sensitive to the sun’s rays.
5. Close curtains and blinds
To keep the heat out of your little one’s room, make sure you close the curtains and blinds throughout the day and keep the windows open. The room should stay between 16°C and 20°C for your little one to be comfortable.
6. Don’t cover their buggy with a blanket
It is easy to simply throw a blanket over the hood of your baby’s buggy to shield them from the sun, but this can put them at risk. This is because a buggy or pram can get particularly hot, and the blanket can restrict air flow. Not only will this make your little one feel uncomfortable, but intense heat can actually be extremely dangerous. You are better off simply putting them in the shade or bringing them inside.