With this week’s temperatures set to hit 30 degrees across the UK by Thursday are the dangers of covering a babies pram, car seat or pushchair with a blanket in hot weather really potentially fatal true or not?
In a nutshell: No, it's not safe to cover your pram with a blanket in hot weather but you shouldn't leave your baby exposed to direct sunlight either. Here's what you need to know... Four years ago, a Swedish newspaper carried an article about the dangers of covering your baby's pram over with a blanket or towel on a hot day.
The reporter had recorded the soaring temperatures inside a pram that was covered by a blanket – and asked a pediatrician to comment on the risks to a baby left in a pram that was this hot. The pediatrician said a baby in a pram that hot might stop breathing – and she advised parents not to cover prams with blankets in hot weather.
So, what does this mean? It is important to not leave your baby exposed to the sun. If you find yourself with your pram in a sunny spot with no proper sunshade to hand, it's fine to drape over a loose muslin or very light blanket to keep your baby's skin safe. But you shouldn't do this for any extended amount of time and you should be very aware of the overheating dangers and keep a very close eye on your baby.
Our little Bertie, pictured here using the Stars and Snuggles Cotton Travel Wrap is ‘chilling out’ in his pram in the shade – the best place to be! Whilst the wrap is handy for getting out and about with during the warmer months it also provide that essential sun-protective layer to give you extra peace of mind. Plus, unlike a blanket he can’t kick it off.