With the weather starting to warm up, we are all getting outdoors more and sometimes that means stroller naps for our little ones. When this happens many of us try to create a cool, dark sleep space for them by placing a light blanket on top of the stroller. While this is done with the best of intentions it can cause your little one to overheat. According to a study done by researchers in Sweden, draping even the thinnest of blankets (muslin swaddle) over your stroller can create sauna like heat inside, reducing air circulation and putting kids at risk of heat stroke, dehydration, heat exhaustion and even SIDS. In this study they found that without a cover, the temperature inside a stroller on a warm day was 72 ℉, but after being covered with a thin blanket it reached 93 ℉ within 30 minutes and almost 100 ℉ within an hour. Young children’s bodies can also heat up three to five times faster than adults because they don’t sweat as much.
Here are a few solutions for keeping your stroller cool and allowing you baby to nap in it comfortably;
Ideally when choosing a stroller opt for a model with a large canopy.
Select a mesh or perforated sun shield for your specific stroller that has been safety approved.
Dress your little one in lightweight clothing.
Try to stick to the shade as much as possible.
Avoid outdoor walks during the sun’s strongest hours.
Use a small stroller fan to help with air circulation.