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Here are a few tips to make carrying your child during the summer months a breeze.
Of course, you don’t need a special wrap just for the summer. However, if your child is due to be born in spring, there are a few things to bear in mind when choosing a wrap.
DIDYMOS wraps are of varying thicknesses.
Our most lightweight wraps have weights of up to 200 g/m². These are made of airy Jacquard fabric, for example the ‘Waves’ pattern. Amongst the striped wraps, the „Standard Sky“ and the „Standard Rasperry“ models are particularly lightweight.
The UV factor of DIDYMOS fabric is generally very high, whereby strongly coloured fabrics provide better protection than light ones. Even the colour itself can make a difference; green, red and black wraps (in that order) provide the best protection.
Anyhow, never expose your child to full sun without sun protection! Always make sure that baby’s head and legs are covered. You will find a varying range of suitable sun hats and caps in our shop.
The following wraps belong to the lightweight ones, more wraps in our shop.
Baby Wrap Sling Standard Raspberry
Baby Wrap Sling Lisca Smeraldo
Baby Wrap Sling Waves Silver
Our BabyDos Sun provides suitable protection from UV sunrays. Manufactured from fast drying and airy Supplex or organic cotton, the BabyDos Sun fits easily over the baby wrap or carriers and is fixed to the wrap or carrier straps by two buckles. The loose fit prevents from overheating.
In the summer heat, the close physical contact with your child can cause you to work up a quite sweat. However, this does have its advantages. If you are carrying your baby in a wrap in front of you, you can feel how warm they are with your own body. It is therefore not possible for your child to overheat without your noticing, particularly as their body will never get warmer than yours.
Furthermore, it’s clear when you need to take a break. The wrap can then be used as a picnic blanket or as a sunshade. Tie it between two trees and you can make a hammock for your baby to take a nap in – a relaxing airy, swing away from creepy crawlies.
Tying methods that hold your child with a single layer of fabric are more comfortable in hot temperatures. We recommend the kangaroo carry, the hip carry, the rucksack carry and the front wrap cross carry for very young babies. When using the latter method, the widths of material on the sides are not fanned out.
What about a ring sling?
The DidySling is a convenient way to carry your baby, particularly during the summer months. It is very quick and easy to handle and the carrying methods mentioned above require just one layer of fabric.
Here the usual advice applies: The younger the child, the less they should be exposed to direct sunlight. Protect your child with a light hat with a brim and a neck flap. Apply sun cream to any uncovered skin. Here is some information regarding sun cream: A cream with an SPF of 20 will block around 95% of the sun’s UV rays. A cream with an SPF of 40 will block 97%. In order to protect against just 2% extra, the cream contains almost double the amount of sun protection agents. As it is not clear how good these substances are for the skin, an SPF of 20 seems to be a sensible value under normal conditions. Take care around reflective surfaces and at high altitudes as these intensify the rays. Even in the shade around bodies of water and in the mountains, the UV rays are significantly stronger.
See our range of sun protection items in our shop.
As a result of their proportionally large body surface, babies lose more liquid than adults do. A baby that is still being exclusively breastfed will want to feed more in high temperatures. You must respond to this need and also remember that you are drinking for two. If you are no longer breastfeeding your child, then make sure you offer them frequent drinks. Water is the best option – it has no calories and will not damage any teeth that have already come through.