Summertime is here and this is the perfect time of year to take your baby out and about! Whether you are loading up for a fun-filled day trip or just going on a drive to a local park, there is one key point to consider as you head out this season…high heat and your baby’s car seat! We have gathered a few simple tips to ensure your baby stays nice and cool while you are out driving this summer.
We all know that cars tend to be hot inside on summer days. Between windows that allow tons of sunshine to come in and interior features that seem to trap the heat, your car’s temperature can rise quickly. Upon opening your car door, the steam and heat seem to come pouring out. Before you even load up, we recommend giving your car a few minutes to cool down by starting the AC and rolling down the windows. Check all of the vents, especially the ones in the backseat, to be sure the air is coming through. If you have a little one who is still facing backwards in their car seat, allow a few extra minutes as many backseat vent systems don’t flow directly on rear facing passengers.
Once your car is nice and cool, check the seat before buckling the baby in. Oftentimes the clips and metal pieces on the car seat buckles can be extremely hot! Be sure you feel them before you set the baby in their seat to ensure that they are nice and cool. Also, check to see that the padding in the car seat is breathable as excess material can cause the baby to sweat.
By keeping the air circulating well and ensuring your child’s car seat is cool enough for the baby to ride in, there are just a few more simple things you can do to help ward off extra heat. When parking, try to seek out a shady spot and use sun shades to keep excess sun from heating up the interior. Keep in mind that even if you park in a shaded spot or in your garage, temperatures can still be way too warm to load baby without running the AC first. Always leave yourself a little extra time to address those factors before you need to leave. Lastly, and arguably most importantly, never leave a baby unattended in the car even if it is just for a moment. Car temperatures can spike to dangerous temperatures in such a short amount of time and even if the window is open, little ones can be left in serious danger if they are trapped in a hot car for any amount of time.
Do you have any tips on ways to ensure that your little ones ride comfortably in the summer heat? Feel free to share them with us below! Now get out and enjoy that sunshine!
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