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Baby Summer Safety

By Tonya McIntosh

Baby’s first summer can be a nerve wracking time for all new parents. With all the factors you have to watch out for during the summer, as well as the added nerves of being a new parent, you can really feel shaky about your abilities. Any experienced parent will tell you the same thing, that there is a certain amount of trial-and-error involved. However, you should always use some common sense when it comes to dealing with your child in the summertime.

Protecting your child’s skin from the sun is a good thing, but not at the risk of overdressing them. Keeping your babies delicate skin out of the sun is always a good idea. But you should also be careful not to over dress them either. Dressing your baby in light cotton is great and finishing the whole out fit off with a big, floppy hat will keep them as cool as a cucumber.

During the summer months there is almost no way of avoiding the sun. Many parents opt for plenty of shade and avoiding the sun as much as possible instead of slathering on the sunscreen and let their children roam free. Whilst being a great idea, it is not always possible. It is always wise to use a good quality sunscreen no lower the SPF 30 when you are in the sun with your child. A water proof sun screen is advisable as your baby will need protecting even in the pool.

The annoying mosquitoes and another insects are something you are going to have to take into consideration. In the past couple of years worry about West Nile Virus has increased turning peaky insects into a real health worry. There are lots of standard mosquito prevention techniques that are advised by health authorities as well as a few alternative methods. I don’t know of many parents who would even consider applying a dangerous chemical like DEET to their baby’s skin. The toxic and dangerous chemical known as DEET was designed for the military and not for overprotective parents. You can use rosemary or tea tree oil to deter any pesky insects from landing on your precious bundle of joy. These ares are both natural and safe. Light cotton clothing that leaves very little skin exposed to the sun is a great idea for your baby, especially if you are planning to spend sometime in the country.

Wearing a helmet to stop any nasty bumps is advised if your little one loves riding on their tri-cycle. There are numerous children rushed to hospital because their parents didn’t take the proper precautions. It is way better to play it safe and be sure you child is wearing a helmet that they may not need than not wearing one when they do need it. A baby harness might be a good idea for those parents whose child is just starting to toddle. This will give your toddler the freedom to toddle in whichever direction they please minus the bumps and bruises. First and foremost you should have fun with you little one and have a great summer.

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McIntosh, Tonya "Baby Summer Safety." Baby Summer Safety. 21 Aug. 2010. 6 Jan 2015 <>.

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McIntosh, T (2010, August 21). Baby Summer Safety. Retrieved January 6, 2015, from

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