Updated July 2018
So hot in ‘ere!
Over the years, we’ve amassed a list of our favorite products for battling the summertime heat. These include items for keeping cool in car seats, strollers, and at home; also: breathable baby carriers, sippy cups and other hot weather must-haves. Enjoy!
Our Favorite Items for Keeping Cool
For hot summer nights, a lightweight wearable blanket (or swaddle) is a must for little ones who still need something to cover them. 100% cotton muslin fabric is breathable and very lightweight.
Safe for little fingers, an oscillating fan is also great because it circulates air without concentrating it in one spot. We also love that it helps with air quality. Remote included.
*Note this is just a fan, not an air conditioner.
Just because it’s hotter than h*ll outside, doesn’t mean you should stop babywearing. Here are the carriers that we love for summer —
For babywearing in a warm/hot climate, I highly recommend the Ergo Performance line. They offer the “Cool Air Mesh 3 Position Carrier” ($99), the “360 Cool Air carrier“($160) which is the regular 360 (which allows outward facing), and the new Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh ($180) which, like the regular Omni 360, allows outward facing and doesn’t require a newborn insert!
These carriers are all moisture-wicking and super breathable. The fabric is machine washable and fast drying. *Read more about why we love Ergobaby carriers.
Get more bang for your buck with the Lillebaby All Seasons carrier. In hot weather, zip down the front flap to allow air through the meshy back area. In the wintertime, zip it back up to keep baby warm in cold weather. For year-round warm climates, check out their new line of Airflow carriers, which feature even mo’ mesh.
*See also: our in-depth review of the Lillebaby Complete All Season Carrier.
Beachfront Baby Wrap ~ $39
This super light and stretchy infant wrap is made of performance athletic mesh, which is extremely breathable, lightweight and fast-drying – you can even babywear in the water. These are SO cool, I wish I knew about them when my littles were little!!
Car Seat & Stroller Accessories
The interior of a car can get up to 170° on a hot day, which leaves every surface as hot as lava. The darker your car seats, the hotter they will get. Here are some tools for keeping your little ones cool(er) in the car and stroller.
Newbie Shade ~ $25
Don’t let the sun get between your baby and a much-needed car nap (right??).
The Newbie shade is low-profile, low-tech and easy to attach to the front and rear headrests. Made of 100% cotton, it blocks UV rays, works in nearly any vehicle and doesn’t interfere with the driver’s line of sight.
Muslin Car Seat Cover ~ $15+
For infant car seats: muslin car seat covers are airy, breathable, and keep direct sun out of baby’s eyes. There are so many out there, it’s hard to pick just one. Check out the many options that are available at various price points.
Keep in mind that it can get dangerously hot under a car seat cover, so use with precaution.
Get more bang for your buck and use this car seat cover year-round to block UV rays, wind, chill and bugs. Fits all brands of car seats.
Strollers come with a built-in canopy, but most of them don’t cover your entire kiddo. We like the Jolly Jumper sunshade because it fits most strollers, play yards and protects against UV rays. Keeps bugs out too!
Cool Mee Seat Liner by Meeno Babies
Typical car seats have a solid back surface or a cushion with material that isn’t vented, so setting a layer of vented material between the car seat or stroller and the child reduces sweating and overheating. In a hot, hot car, it may not guarantee against any sweating, but it sure does help.
One user noted that Meeno Babies car seat liner reduced surface temperature by about 18 degrees in the shade and 15 degrees in direct light (yes, he measured with a thermometer).
*Universal size fits most. Be sure this liner (or any other item) doesn’t interfere with harness placement and tightness. Harnesses should always be snug enough that you can’t pinch any material (95% of parents don’t have their kids harnessed tightly enough anyway — just saying).
Tee-Zed Clip-On Fan ~ $11
Stroller and car seat fans don’t give off a ton of air, but it’s just the right amount for little ones. The blades on this clip-on fan won’t hurt your kiddo’s fingers if they grab it. Bonus: it doubles as a sound machine 😉
Car Sunshades by Veneev ~ $12 (4-pack)
Window clings keep direct sun out of eyes and help keep the temperature down. *Be sure they don’t interfere with the driver’s line of sight.
These are the highest-rated shades on the market and use static to stick to your window without leaving residue. They protect from UV rays and provide a SPF 30+ protection. Note that you have to remove the cling in order to roll the window down.
*Check out Enovoe for larger cars.
These funny-looking air hoses are called Noggles and parents swear by them. They deliver air to anywhere in your car, especially to rear-facing kiddos who don’t get direct ventilation. Works with a/c in the summer and heat in the winter, huzzah! Great for older cars that don’t have back seat vents.
*Note: You’ll need the 6′ for forward-facing in the backseat, the 8′ for rear-facing, and the 10′ for a car seat in the 3rd row.
More tools for keeping cool: the best-selling Cooling Towel by Ergodyne. All you need to do is wet it (run it under the tap for one minute), and you can re-use it throughout the day. Bring this one to Disney in August– you won’t regret it.
Polar Bottle Kids Insulated Bottle ~ $varies
This affordable plastic bottle uses special insulated foil to keep liquids cold. Unlike heavy stainless steel water bottles, this one’s easy for little ones to drink from, and the opening is large enough to fit ice. We have three and use them almost daily.
*BPA and Phthalate free, dishwasher and freezer safe
Thermos Funtainer 12 oz ~ $15
Drinking lukewarm water in the heat is no fun. The Thermos Funtainer is highly-rated and for good reason — it’s vacuum insulated for up to 12 hours (for cooling only).
Another very highly-rated insulated bottle (but for triple the cost), is the Hydro Flask. It keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours AND it keeps drinks hot for up to 6 hours.
*For every bottle purchased, Hydro Flask donates 5% back to a charity of your choice.
Should you ever find yourself out of the house without the sippy, this water bottle adapter will make it easy for your tot to quench his thirst. At this price, throw one in your car and one in your diaper bag.
*Fits standard water bottles and comes with a travel cap.
That is all — enjoy!!
Did you miss our summer series articles?