So the weather is definitely summery and it's turned hot. In this 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!
But there are a few things you can do to stay as comfortable as possible when carrying (this list isn't exhaustive; if you have your own top tip, please do share).
• Drink or feed often, both of you.
• If you can stay out of the sun, do, especially when it's at its peak.
• Remember that the sling is like a layer of clothing, so if you're wrapping, try single-layer carries, and keep as few layers between you as possible.
• Cover extremities - a sun hat with a wide brim, or a parasol for you both.
• Pop a muslin cloth between you and baby to help absorb any excess sweat. You can also dampen it to help keep baby cool.
• If possible, walk on the shady side of the street.
• Babies and children can become fractious in the heat (as can we!). Watch for these cues, take a break, get out of the heat, and cool down.
• Use sunblock where necessary and appropriate.
• Wear light layers, particularly natural fibres, as they are most breathable.
Remember to stop and look up and around. There’s nothing as wonderful as a blue sky day. The sound of children laughing, buzzy bees and the smell of fresh cut grass. Too soon will it all be over!
Happy baby carrying!