Babywearing is an all-seasons activity, but some feel that it's a bad idea when it's hot. Others think it's downright dangerous if they see a mom out and about with her baby in a sling, carrier or wrap if it's hot. Can it be too warm to babywear? Mom of three, Tricia Miller says no — not when it's done correctly.
Miller's family is native to Florida, so they are well accustomed to the year-round heat. "Babywearing in the heat is second nature to me — if I didn't wear my babies when it's hot, I would never wear them!" she says.
Recently Miller's family headed to Magic Kingdom Park for a day of adventure. Her youngest, Rigby, was snuggled up next to her in a Sakura Bloom ring sling. Even though she has worn all three of her kids to various theme parks, she had never heard a negative comment or received a cross look — until that day.
"As soon as we got on the tram that took us from the parking lot to the ticket counters, I heard someone behind me whisper something about the baby being hot," she remembers. "I shrugged it off, knowing that my baby was safer in my ring sling than in a stroller."
However, the negativity didn't stop there. She reports that all day long, she got major stink-eye, and even some eye rolling. "I honestly thought maybe my boob was hanging out from under the sling, but it wasn't," she says. "I couldn't believe it was all because I was wearing my baby in a sling."
Many think that strapping a baby onto a chest or back will increase the heat for both parties. In reality, a parent's body serves to help regulate Baby's body temperature. To keep you both as cool as possible, there are a few things to keep in mind before you set out.
Miller shares these important tips if you're going to venture out into the heat with your baby in tow.
So, good news babywearing moms. You can keep your child close even when it's hot. Practice smiling in the face of dirty looks — your baby won't know the difference.
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