When you’re downunder, this is important, for obvious reasons. In my experience, the only major downside to babywearing is the difficulty in protecting your wearee from the sun and/or heat during extreme weather conditions (such as we get downunder for months on end!). Here are some tips I’ve picked up:
- A hat for each of you is essential. Sunscreen is also a good option.
- Although the face and head will be your primary concern, don’t forget that arms, legs and feet are also at risk of sunburn and dress the wearee appropriately
- In general, back carries are much more difficult to shade a baby than a front carry
- Elastic straps on baby hats, dummy chain attached to the hat or pinning the hat to the baby’s collar are some ways to make sure you don’t loose a hat, but it doesn’t guarantee said hat will stay on!
- Putting the child in a carrier or wrap carry that they can’t get their hands out of is one (limited) option to keep the hat on
- A really broad brimmed hat and a high back carry for a small wearee will offer some protection for a baby in a back carry
- Some babywearers carry a parasol or umbrella to protect both wearer and wearee (I find as the wearee reaches the important babywearing developmental stage of Being Able To Wiggle Arms Out, this becomes the most foolproof option)
- There are some commercially available pockets designed to fit over carriers and provide sun protection
What are your best sun-protection tips? Leave a comment and let us know!