Two of my children were born in the summer time. I am not a “summer person” meaning, I hate the heat. Having a newborn baby during the thick of summer was not a pleasant experience for me. However, I didn’t want my discomfort to keep me from enjoying the summertime with my baby.
Staying in the house all day with the air-conditioning on was rather tempting, but not always possible. I didn’t want to go crazy being inside all day, but I also didn’t want me or my baby to be miserable in the heat. There are things you can do to beat the heat.
Here are a few things that things that I enjoyed doing in the summertime with my babies!
Getting out early in the morning to enjoy the cool grass and shade. We had a huge tree in our front yard. After the baby’s first feeding, I would grab a blanket, a drink for myself and head out the front door. It’s not the most exciting adventure, but time together in the cool shade and fresh air was always a fantastic way to start the day.
Mall time! Now, this is definitely not as relaxing as a short trip to the front yard, but for me? It was a great excuse to get out of my pajamas to be around other human beings who weren’t spitting up on me and to enjoy free air conditioning! Also? Wetzel’s Pretzels and smoothies, you guys.
The Beach. I did not attempt the beach until my daughter was over a month old. I was terrified of the possibility of her getting a sunburn. So, I purchased a tent that we set up on the beach to be sure she had shade at all times. I went early in the day when I knew the air would be cool. I made sure to dress her in light-weight clothing that protected her skin for those few moments she wasn’t in the shade. I did not take her in the water, but we were able to enjoy the cool air, the sound of the ocean but NOT the sand. Man, I hate the sand.
Whatever activities you decide to do with your baby in the summer, just be sure to always make sure to keep the baby (and yourself) hydrated, cool and protected from the sun at all times.
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