Summer babywearing is a convenient way for mothers to embark on outdoor adventures and sip lemonade by the pool with their loved ones. However, when the weather is hot, everyone is searching for ways to keep cool, especially babywearers. When you wear your baby in hot weather, your first concern will be keeping your child and yourself cool. Smart and comfortable hot weather babywearing is mainly a matter of choosing the right wrap or ring sling, the right carry and the right clothes for you and your child.
Here are some helpful tips for wearing your baby in the summer:
Choosing the right summer baby wrap or ring sling
Woven Baby Wraps
A lightweight, airy woven wrap is your best option for the summertime. Not only because of the variety of blends, compared to stretchy or structured carriers, but mainly because of their versatility and convenience. Linen, hemp and silk with cotton are often great options for hot weather. Wool or cashmere blends can also be attractive because of their temperature regulating qualities. Furthermore, Artipoppe’s seaweed blends are spectacular in warmer climates, because of their delicate cool touch and airy character.
Many summer babywearers opt for a ring sling, especially if it’s a light and airy woven blend, mainly because it’s only one layer. There is less body contact with ring slings compared to woven wraps which can make it less sweaty. It is also a convenient breastfeeding cover when you want to breastfeed in your bikini at the beach or while having a picnic in the park.
Choosing a carry for hot weather
Single layer carries are a comfortable choice for summer babywearing as they often require a shorter wrap, which means less fabric. A couple practical single layer carries are kangaroo, Robin’s hip carry, rucksack or one of the numerous rebozo carries like back, front or knotless.
Picking the right summer babywearing outfit
For the child
To avoid overheating your child, consider the wrap as essentially one layer of clothing. The trick is to dress them lightly, a thin layer of clothing is advisable to make it more comfortable for both of you.
For the babywearer
It is advisable to not wear many layers. When the weather is hot, less is more. Babywearers often find natural fabrics like cotton and linen are comfortable and help avoid your warm, sweaty bodies from sticking together.
In addition to choosing the right baby wrap, carry and outfit, it is also important to remember to check on your baby frequently to ensure they are not overheating. If it’s really a scorcher, drinking plenty of water, packing lightly, taking it slow and staying in the shade can help improve your summer babywearing experience. Do not forget to take the necessary precautions, like a sun hat and sunscreen for both yourself and your baby.
Last but not least, using a woven wrap or ring sling in the summer can be a perfect way to feel stylish and flamboyant.