When is it too hot, too cold, or too wet to take a baby outside?

How to prepare for:

  • Summer heat: Go out in the morning or early evening to avoid the highest daily temperatures. Have baby wear a hat and lightly-colored cotton clothes. Avoid direct sun and seek shade. Bring a spray bottle of water for a quick cool-down. Of course, splashing in a pool, lake, or stream with your baby is refreshing too!

  • Wet or cold weather: Dress your baby in several thin layers, a warm hat, mittens, and insulating shoes or socks. To make sure baby’s not getting overheated, stick your hand on her skin under her clothes and shed a layer if needed. The rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.

  • Wind: If your baby seems uncomfortable, and you can’t shield her from the wind, take her inside.

  • Snow: Snowflakes are magical, especially to a baby. Get a baby snow suit so she doesn’t miss out on the fun. Hint: Look for them at second-hand shops – chances are they’ve only been used a few times.