How to Take a Baby Out in the Rain
Your life doesn't stop for rainy days. Pouring rain and thunderstorms don't make for ideal strolling weather, but when appointments beckon, transporting your baby between buildings and your car can be tricky. Do take a few precautions, and always talk to your pediatrician before taking a sick baby outdoors. Your socks may get wet, but your baby will be perfectly content 1.
Dress the Part
Even when your baby is shielded from rain by an umbrella or other coverings, cold wind and whipping raindrops can reach her delicate skin. She probably doesn't need proper rain gear, such as boots and a slicker until she's able to jump in puddles. Dress her in light layers that will keep her warm in the rain and can be removed indoors. Put shoes on her feet, even if she's not yet walking, for an extra layer of protection. Add baby leg warmers if there are gaps between her pant legs and shoes 1. Tuck an extra outfit into her diaper bag in case she does get wet 1.
You're responsible for your baby's safety in the rain, so take steps to keep yourself safe first. Leave your ballet flats or heels at home, and wear boots or shoes with a slip-proof sole to prevent slips and falls while you're carrying or pushing your baby. Take extra caution when driving in the rain, especially at the beginning of a rainstorm that comes after a lengthy dry spell or on a very hot day. Drive five to 10 miles more slowly on a wet road than you would on a dry road, advises the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Grab Protective Gear
A wet baby is a grumpy baby, so keep your little one content by attaching a cover to her stroller before walks. If you choose a cover that completely encompasses the stroller, make sure it's ventilated for baby's breathing and made of clear material so you can keep an eye on her. Similar covers are made for car seats. In a pinch, hold your umbrella over the car seat while you walk your baby a short distance. If you're just taking a short walk, strapping a young baby into a front carrier is an easy way to get around, and she'll stay dry under your umbrella.
Focus on Safety
Moderate rain can turn into a dangerous storm quickly 1. If you're outdoors when thunder or lightning strike, the National Weather Service advises that you get into a sturdy building or hard-top vehicle right away and stay there until 30 minutes past the last clap of thunder. If you're driving when a storm hits, pull over and park somewhere safe 1. Keep your emergency flashers on until the storm passes. Don't take your baby on long walks away from home on rainy days 1. If you have to get somewhere during a storm but don't have a car, call on a friend to give you a ride rather than walking or standing at an open bus stop with your baby.
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