Expert tips and top-picks for staying cool-as-a-cucumber when babywearing in summer.
So the weather is definitely warmer and summer weather is here (fingers crossed, right?!). In the heat, it's hard not to 'glow' (my French teacher once chastised me for using the term sweat - she would always say 'pigs sweat, men perspire & woman glow'). Glowing or not, I freely admit to being a sweaty bundle in this heat - and when carrying babies in slings, you get to carry another little sweaty bundle too!
But there are a few things you can do to stay as comfortable as possible when babywearing in summer (which we have summarised in the handy infographic above), and there are some carriers that are more suited to carrying in hot weather.
8 Top Tips For Staying Safe & Cool Babywearing in Summer
- Drink or feed often, both of you.
- Stay out of the sun if you can, especially at midday.
- Cover extremities with a wide-brimmed hat or parasol.
- When light, neutral coloured clothing made from natural fibres as these are the most breathable.
- Remember that a sling is like a layer of clothing, so adjust what you're wearing accordingly, but make sure you're still covered up.
- Use a muslin cloth between you and baby to soak up any excess sweat.
- Babies can become fractious in the heat (as can you!) - watch for these cues, take a break and cool down.
- Use sunblock where appropriate.
Our babywearing experts have hand-picked the best baby carriers for summer to help you choose a summer infant baby carrier.
Best Buckle Carriers for Summer
Love Radius (JPMBB) Physiocarrier
Did you know that we are the UK & Ireland's largest stockist of baby carriers and wraps from Love Radius?
The Love Radius Physiocarrier was the original mesh baby carrier that can be rolled up to help keep you both cool on warm days; awesome!
A too-hot baby can be a grumpy baby so being cool-as-a-cucumber is best.
What we love:
- 4 Seasons Thermo-Fit;
- Physiological position (hip healthy);
- Vented padding on waist & shoulders straps;
- Rear mirror for back carrying;
The roll-away mesh panel is fantastic!
Whether you're having fun in the sun, or doing chores indoors, just unzip the panel, and you'll both be cooler in no time.
Love & Carry AIR X
The Love & Carry range of baby carriers and meh dais is exclusive to us here at Love To Be Natural.
The Love & Carry AIR X is getting a lot of love, and rightly so - it comes with extra lumbar-support, and is fully adjustable to grow with your little one from 4 months to 3 years thanks to the width-adjustable body panel.
The AIR X has an integrated neck support, sleephood and a large, detachable zip pouch.
One of the stand-out features is the roll-away mesh panel to help keep you cool in warmer weather.
Made from 100% cotton and available in several colours and designs.
The AIR X offers superb value with zero compromise on quality or comfort.
Love & Carry One Plus
Another exclusive to us here at Love To Be Natural.
The Love & Carry One+ Baby Carrier ticks all the boxes we expect and want from a good buckle carrier - the quality is outstanding, it’s well designed and with thought, the fabrics are gorgeous, it's fully adjustable and it’s super comfy for baby and you. The price-point is superb. We know you'll love it too.
The panel of the One+ Cool can be rolled down and tucked away to reveal a mesh panel to help keep you cool on warm days, or when you and your baby are just running warm!
Integra Solar Baby Carrier
The Integra Solar Baby Carrier recently won ‘Best For Travel’ in the The Independent Reviews.
The Solar range from Integra is the ideal hot weather baby carrier, but it's also versatile in all seasons - it dries quickly if it gets wet.
It's a sun-protective fabric which blocks 95-99% of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Constructed fully in solar fabric with polyester padding in the shoulder straps, the fabric is very strong and has a cotton-like feel. It's a supportive baby carrier with a softly shaped body and wide base.
It has an un-padded waist, so it fits snuggly to your waist or hips - super comfy for you. The shoulder straps have just enough padding to make them comfy, even when wearing a heavier baby.
It’s lightweight, sun-protective and quick-drying - it’s a summer sensation!
Best Ring Slings for Babywearing in Summer
A ring sling can be a wonderful option in babywearing in warmer weather. A single layer carry, there's less fuss, less fabric, less effort to get baby in the sling and secure. It's a lighter sling for you and for baby, and from a sensory perspective, it makes coping with the heat a little easier for both of you. As they are lighter, they tend to dry very quickly, so are ideal for washing and drying quickly.
There's lots of information on the website on choosing a ring sling, using a ring sling and caring for it. Check out our other blog posts on ring slings, carrying information, style guide and buying guide. If you have a specific question, chat to us by email or using the chat function below!
Did you know we are the UK & Ireland’s largest stockist of the Didymos Didysling - we always have over 60 designs in stock!
Didymos Didyslings can be found in lots of different designs and colours.
To really stay as cool as possible, choose lighter-weight slings, or more open weaves and lighter or paler colours. There are lots of neutral-toned ring slings available too. A wonderful option for newborn and toddler-carrying!
There’s a huge selection which can seem overwhelming, and that’s where our expert team of babywearing consultants shine! Ask us for advice, or for help breaking down the selection you can contact us right here.
Little Frog Ring Slings
We are also the UK & Ireland’s largest stockist of Little Frog ring slings & woven wraps. We always lots of designs in stock and plenty to choose from.
We love Little Frog wraps ring slings. One of the most pocket friendly options available and you really wouldn’t know it - they are blooming awesome!
There’s a fantastic choice too - stripes and jacquards are the most popular. The striped designs are the thinnest and lightest options and perfect from newborn to toddler for babywearing in summer.
The jacquards are perfect for babies all the way to preschool (think quick ups and downs).
Each is made from woven wrap fabric and is dyed and woven in the EU to OEKO-TEX standard.
Girasol Ring Slings
Girasol ring slings are handwoven on traditional looms by artisans, small workshops, cooperatives and independent weavers and tailors, and at the heart of their craft are the principles of fair trade and sustainability.
Each length of cloth is handwoven by skilled artisans, resulting in a soft-in-hand wrap without the firm density that is sometimes found with machine woven wraps. Made from 100% cotton, most of the weaves are of medium weight between 210-230g/m2, so great for summer. The ring slings all have beautifully co-ordinating rings. Perfect from newborn to toddler.
The handwoven nature of these ring slings means they are super-soft in hand and lovely and airy. Cool, quick-drying and super-gorgeous!
Löft Ring Slings
Another new and exclusive to us here at Love To Be Natural!
Löft is a Danish fair trade brand that creates stunning handwoven wraps and ring slings whilst creating safe fair wage jobs and better opportunities for marginalised female artisans in Nepal.
Made from the finest, soft organic cotton, they are very easy to use, are lightweight and quick-drying - perfect for babywearing in summer and in warm weather.
The Shanti baby sling will support both you and your child and it has a great grip and a slight bounce. It is soft from the beginning and is perfect for both newborns and toddlers.
When buying a Löft product, you are supporting female empowerment and fair wage production without dangerous chemicals.
So remember, when thinking about how to dress baby in a carrier for summer, it's a good idea to dress yourself and your baby in minimal clothing, but make sure baby is well covered - try and not leave any skin exposed. Choose fabrics that are thin, light, natural, breathable and light in colour to help avoid getting too sweaty and sticky. Remember, babies' delicate skin needs to be protected from the sun - having more skin exposed to the sun won't necessarily cool down you or baby, in fact it is more likely to make your baby warmer.
Best Sun Hats for Babywearing in Summer
We have the best sun hats that are perfect for summer. Our latest range of sun hats from Pickapooh are now available.
They are made from 100% organic cotton and have a natural UV filter to keep little heads protected from the sun. They are particularly great when babywearing as they stay on with ties.