Summer Stroller Safety

Many parents take advantage of the nice weather by putting their little on in a stroller and go for a walk. With the summer temperatures heating up and the sun beating down, most parent’s first instinct is to shade their baby so they don’t get sunburnt. Covering a stroller with a blanket to shield you baby from the sun-even with a very thin cloth or blanket can actually have a furnace-like effect. This can cause the temperatures inside the stroller to hit dangerous levels.

Dangerous summer stroller mistake most parents make

Most parents are very aware of the dangers of leaving a child in a car with the windows rolled up — heat builds up very quickly to potentially fatal levels. The same principle applies to a child’s stroller and the simple addition of a blanket overtop in the summer heat.

In 2011, Swedish researchers discovered that placing even a thin cover over a child in stroller on a warm day can lead to heatstroke, SIDS, or other such dangers.

The Swedish research also stated, if left in the heat, the temperature inside a stroller was 72 degrees. Covered in a thin cloth, however, it reached 93 degrees within 30 minutes; after an hour in the sun, it was nearly 100 degrees. 

What can parents do to protect their babies?

  • Dress you baby in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.

  • Try to keep your in the shade when outside-check to make sure they are staying cool during stroller and car rides.

  • Give your baby more fluids on hot days.

  • If the temperatures are warmer than normal, try and keep you and your baby inside if possible.

  • Avoid being in outside during peek hours of the sun, from 10am-3pm.

  • If your home is really hot and you don’t have air conditioning, go to a public place like the library or the mall to get some relief from the heat.

  • If baby is 6 months or older you can apply sunblock. The official U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s stance) is that sunblock should only be applied to children six months of age or older.

Kim Sabin