Stridin' in the Heat!

It seems like spring weather here in Loudoun County lasted only a few short weeks! And... even though summer won’t technically start until later this month, we’re already experiencing high temps and some blazing sunshine that make it necessary to find ways for us to beat the heat during class!

Check out the list below for a number of ways to cool down and help keep your little ones cool in the stroller, too! Thanks to Susan Robinson from Little Rock Stroller Strides & Stacee D. (FIT4MOM Ashburn mama) for some of the suggestions and tips!

1. Hot and Cold Gel Packs: A frozen gel pack wrapped in a dish towel makes a wonderful climate controlled backrest for your little one. It’s squishy so it is not uncomfortable to lean against. Plus, because it is frozen it will keep baby nice and cool without being too cold!

2. Frozen Water Bottle: Fill a water bottle ¾ of the way and then freeze it while it is partially on its side. Make sure it is on an angle and that the cap end is not totally covered with water. Right before class, fill the remaining space with cold tap water. Your water will remain cold for the duration of class.

3. Ice Towels: Wet a washcloth or dish towel, fold it and place it in the freezer. Before class, fill a Ziplock bag with ice cubes and place your frozen towel inside. During class you can reach for your frozen towel as needed for a cool down, then simply place it back in the Ziplock bag to keep it cold.

4. Clip on Fan: You can find a reasonably priced clip on fan to provide a breeze for your little one. They can be found for as little as $5.00 or online for around $15.00.

5. Misting Fan: Look for a hand-held misting fan to provide your baby with an occasional spritz of cool water.

6. Frozen Ice Pack: Keep a frozen ice pack in your diaper bag to keep treats cool during class.

7. Chilly Pads – these are cloths that you wet and then simply wring out. They stay cool for hours and all you need to do is just re-wet & give a good shake if it warms up! We found some on Amazon for as little as $9.50.

8. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids before, during & after class. If breastfeeding, try to nurse as close to class start time as possible and then again directly after. Some little ones may not like to nurse after you have been sweating, so you may just need to wipe off before you begin to nurse.

There are MANY ways to stay cool this summer - find what works for you and your little one! We'll see you at Stroller Strides!

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