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How to wear your baby safely even when it's hot outside

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

Good news, you can stop judging moms who babywear when it's hot

Babywearing is an excellent way to connect with your baby and keep him calm while you go about your day. Can you — or should you — wear him when the temperatures soar? The simple answer is yes, and here's why.

Why babywearing in the heat is totally fine

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.

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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.

Expect a few judgy strangers

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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."

Practice these common sense tips when you babywear

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.

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Miller shares these important tips if you're going to venture out into the heat with your baby in tow.

  • Dress with the weather in mind. Miller's baby was wearing only a cloth diaper, and she outfitted herself in lightweight clothes.
  • Drink up. This will help keep you cool, and is essential for keeping your milk supply up if you're nursing.
  • Hydrate your baby. Nurse on demand if you breastfeed, and bring plenty of formula if you don't.
  • Shield from the sun. Use a hat for your little one, and for babies over six months old, apply sunscreen.
  • Spritz your baby. "Fill a spray bottle with ice and spritz yourself and baby when you feel too hot," she shares.
  • Use the right carrier. Miller suggests using a ring sling or a lightweight wrap for younger babies. For older kiddos, use a back carry in a soft-structured carrier like Boba or Tula. A water sling is a good buy as well because they are specifically designed to promote good air flow.

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Photo credit: Tricia Miller

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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International Babywearing Week: Moms wearing their babies
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