Managing a newborn and the summer heat

Tiffany - posted on 07/28/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 11 days old, and we have been experiencing some crraazzy hot weather. I have been keeping her downstairs in my basement for a few hours each day because of the heat throughout my house, it's worked for the most part. But she can't stay down there forever.. Everytime I bring her upstairs she starts to sweat and she is clearly way to warm. What are some good ways to keep a newborn cool and hydrated during the summer heat??

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Marabeth - posted on 07/28/2009

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im in portland, oregon and in the same boat. its like 104 here and no one really has a/c! we have a little window unit but only helps a bit. i get my biggest mixing bowl and put like three inches of tepid water and sit her in it and get water all over her and then move her on top of a towel.. we just go back and forth doing that most of the day. shes naked, too, not even a diaper. i would hate wearing thick plastic-like panties with my pee in it at all when its this hot.. she is much happier without one. i also clean out her creases like three or four times a day when its hot like this because little rashes will occur if you dont! its amazing what crevices and creases a young infant can have.

Heidi - posted on 07/28/2009

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I always put cold water on my hand and run it through my son's hair. That always cools him off. Or just get a damp cloth and put it on her head. That seems to help him.

Kate - posted on 07/28/2009

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cloth diapers breath better than disposables, you dont want heat rash it hurts their little butts. plain yougurt will heal that if they get it also works if they just get a plain rash or thrush. a cold washcloth wipedown will help her feel better. cool baths help, just being naked in a diaper helps lol i wish icould do that. i know docs say dont prop the bottle up but if you cuddle her when its hot out she will sweat more. just put her in a bouncy or up with the boppy and watch her the whole time. burp wipe down and put back. snuggling this time of year is not helpful makes all of us cranky, cranky kid not good, trust me mines 9 months.

Hannah - posted on 07/28/2009

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first and foremost.. Congratulations~

does your A/C unit not work? just keep it at 78 degrees which would be cool enough for your newborn. how about fans? make sure she does not get hit directly from it or too close bc she has lil nose that wouldnt breathe well with wind blown in her face.



i would keep your daughter naked with diaper only. when she sleeps, try to avoid swaddling with two tube like pillows that tucks her in from her shoulder down n lie a thin blanket over her n the pillows entirely n lightly. keep the rooms shaded with dark curtains, n dampen her forehead n face every now n then with a small washcloth soaked in room temp water (keep a pitcher of water out for this) but NOT on top of her head!! when u bathe her run your fingers through her folds bc theres going to be build up of sweat n debris. CHANGE her frequently. pinch her diaper n if its soft then change bc diaper rashes are more annoying n painful then sweating for your daughter. pat dry or blow lightly after u wipe,. Lastly, when you feed her you should use a boppy pillow n a folded blanket to prop her head. avoid keep her too close to ur body or palms of your hands at feedings bc your body heat will make it too warm.



gluck & stay persistent! :)

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Emily - posted on 08/05/2009

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Congrats on your new little baby! Anyways, I'd say keep her in her diaper and maybe take a cool washcloth to her body every once in a while. Just keep feeding her on demand and she should stay hydrated. If you feel really concerned about it, maybe take her to the mall where they have AC or to the store. Also, if you're concerned and she's not acting like herself, you can always call the doctor and see what they say about keeping her cool. Good luck, my 1 yr old HATES the heat. She gets insanely cranky and won't sleep.

Alishia - posted on 08/05/2009

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well we had a air con i had my first baby in the summer an mi 2nd is due in summer

Tiffany - posted on 07/28/2009

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Thanks for the advice Hannah! :)
And no, unfortunately most houses in my area don't have built in A/C (im from Vancouver, Canada) so the weather isn't usually scorching except for a few weeks during the summer. I do however have plenty of fans running all day to keep the air cool.
Thanks again! hope you are enjoying your summer
-Tiffany

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