We’ve talked about summer babywearing before, but I thought I’d update with some of the info from our recent meeting on wearing in hot weather.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Carrying or wearing a child is always going to be hotter than not carrying. It’s science.
HOT WEATHER CARRIERS
If you’re in the market for a hot weather carrier, some types are just cooler than others. In general, a ssc or rs is going to involve fewer layers than a wrap.
Here are some options for carriers that aren’t as hot as other styles. I’ve included in parentheses the brands that we have in our Lending Library for you to try, but there are certainly many other options.
not as hot as other options:
SSCs with mesh panels (Pognae)
Gauze wraps (Wrapsody)
Ring Slings (Sakura Bloom Linen, Comfy Joey Linen)
If you’re going to be in or around water, you might consider a waterproof carrier. Be sure to be safe, though. Don’t go into deep (above the waist) water while wearing your child. Don’t do a back carry while in the water.
SSCs (Connecta Solarweave, Bitybean, Boba Air)
Wraps (Wrapsody Water Wrap)
Ring Slings (Comfy Joey mesh ring sling)
DEALING WITH THE HEAT
-for wraps, consider doing carries with only a single layer of fabric (e.g. kangaroo, ruck, fwcc with bunched passes). You could also start practicing a strap carry.
-I like to wear cotton clothing, and like to keep at least one layer of fabric between me and baby. Cooling towels (like Frogg Toggs) are really useful, but it’s best to use them on you, not baby, since baby can regulate temp. from you, and may become chilled. The cooling towels can also draw too much moisture from skin.
-Be sure to practice heat safety. Make sure you and baby stay hydrated (if you are nursing, front carries are useful for this – just be sure to drink plenty of water if baby is drinking plenty of milk!). Also don’t forget to keep baby shaded, especially in a back carry where you can’t monitor baby as well.
PROTECTING YOUR CARRIERS
-Sunscreen can stain most carriers, and excessive washing (or any washing really, in the case of some sscs) can damage your carriers. It’s nice to have a cheap beater carrier for really messy summer activities (berry picking, anyone?).
-when possible, allow time for sunscreen to soak in.
-mineral-based sunscreen (containing zinc or titanium) is better than chemical-based. The ingredients Avobenzone and Parson 1789 are especially to be avoided. Even if your wrap doesn’t seem to be stained, avoid dyeing it, as the dye process will reveal where it has come in contact with sunscreen (the sunscreen is a dye resist)
-Wash with Vaska or occasionally with synthropol or original blue dawn.