Summer can be a challenging time for new babies and their parents. If it's your first summer as a mom or dad, there are a few things to worry about. Putting enough sunscreen on your baby is one, as is protecting them from those harsh UV rays. When taking your little one out for a stroll, a lot of parents place a muslin cloth or other light fabric across the front of the stroller to shield them from the sun. Now, YouTubers JK and Charlie from Channel Mum have taken to the video sharing platform to warn others how harmful this simple hack can be.
You may think that you're simply giving your precious baby some much-needed shade, but the cloth is actually trapping the warm air. In no time at all, the stroller could reach an unbearable and potentially dangerous temperature.
JK and Charlie decided to conduct an experiment to show parents how quickly the temperature can escalate, by placing a baby doll inside a stroller alongside a thermometer. The stroller was then placed in direct sunlight for seven minutes at a time, one with the muslin cloth covering it and the other without. The starting temp was around 30 degrees Celsius (that's about 86 degrees Fahrenheit). Once they placed the cloth over the top of the pretend baby, they waited a further seven minutes before measuring again. Worryingly, the temperature had risen to 35.1 degrees in just that short period of time.
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Both parents were understandably concerned by their findings, telling their followers that they dread to think how hot it would be in the stroller after just fifteen minutes. By sharing their experiment, they hoped to dissuade parents from covering their strollers altogether. Their views are also shared by expert pediatrician Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, who states that placing a blanket over a stroller can create a greenhouse effect that could lead to heatstroke and even death.
There are a variety of ways to protect little ones from the sun on hot days, including umbrellas that clip on to the side of the pram, and simply avoiding direct sunlight at the hottest parts of the day. Whatever you do, leave the muslin for burping.