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The Summertime Danger Of Covering Baby Strollers With Thin Blankets

by Johanna Silver
Johanna is a writer who lives, works, and volunteers in New York.

When children are very young, safety is one of the only things on parents’ minds.

With so many outside influences that can affect your baby, from furniture to germs to the weather, it can be hard to keep track of all of the ways to protect them.

Some are able to impressively tend to multiple babies at once, like this multitasking mom, but even the most attentive parents can sometimes overlook what could be making their child unsafe.

Especially in the sweltering heat of summer, it’s easy for our instincts to tell us to throw a blanket or towel over our little ones in their strollers to make sure that they are not burned by the beams.

But this itself could also lead to your adorable darling becoming both uncomfortable and at high risk.

Check below to learn why shading your baby with a blanket or towel could be dangerous.

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When the temperature skyrockets outside, you could be tempted to shield your baby from the sun by putting a blanket, towel, or muslin cloth over their stroller.

While this may seem like a harmless means of keeping them safe from the sunlight, it can actually be very dangerous.

According to a Swedish study, strollers covered by a thin blanket became 15 degrees hotter than strollers left uncovered.

Pediatric specialists from the Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital in Stockholm advise to keep your baby uncovered from even the thinnest cloths. 

Not only does the blanket block a parent’s ability to monitor their baby, it also creates a thermos-like atmosphere within.

Trapped, uncirculated hot air within the stroller sweltering could lead to heat exhaustion — and potential suffocation.

Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, can also occur when a child is experiencing thermal stress.

According to Child and Adolescent Community Health principal nursing advisor Isabel Redfern, as a baby’s body temperature increases, their ability to communicate their discomfort lessens.

According to NSW Health, the symptoms of heat exhaustion include sleepiness, dry skin, mouth and eyes, irritability, and pale and clammy skin.

On hot summer days, it’s crucial to always keep babies cool, shaded, and well-hydrated. And if you spot any symptoms of heat exhaustion, be sure to seek medical attention immediately.

However, the best rule of thumb for small children and hot weather is to simply stay inside — at least during the hottest part of the day, which is usually 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

But if going out during peak hours is unavoidable, be sure to prep your baby for the warm weather.

Keep their faces protected with hats, sunglasses, or the stroller’s sun shade — and if your baby is over 6 months old, always apply baby sunscreen.

If you’re looking for stroller accessories to help keep them cool, look for infant-safe clip-on fans, or stroller liners that help circulate cool air.

But there are other stroller accessories that can lead to fatal conditions.

Plastic rain covers, for instance, should always provide proper ventilation, and ideally be BPA- and PVC-free.

Always do extensive research on baby supplies before buying and using them.

Taking small measures like these will better ensure that your baby stays happy and healthy during his or her early years.

Temperature control, air circulation, and physical comfort are just as important to your baby’s body as yours, so be aware the next time they get covered in something that may be too hot!

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