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Infant Sun


Summer is here and it’s a great time to get the whole family outdoors for fun and exercise. But, remember infant skin can sunburn easily and requires extra precautions. Start by keeping your baby out of direct sunlight by shading her stroller or carriage with a canopy, using an umbrella at the beach or park and installing window shades in the back of your car. And, try these additional tips:

  • Dress baby in lightweight clothing that covers arms and legs
  • Put a wide brim hat on her head that shades ears and back of neck
  • Cover baby’s eyes with infant sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays
  • Apply sunscreen to only small areas of exposed skin, such as the face, for babies younger than 6 months. For older babies, apply to all exposed areas of body
  • Plan activities before 10 am or after 4 pm when sun’s rays aren’t so strong

And, pay attention to baby’s hydration in the summer heat. If your baby is at least 6 months, you can offer small amounts of drinking water or purified, steam-distilled water, such as Nursery®. Check with your pediatrician as to how much is best for your baby.




The warm, sunny days of summer beckon all of us outdoors, but pregnant women need to be careful as they can easily become dehydrated in heat and humidity. Dehydration during pregnancy increases the risk for low amniotic fluid, premature labor and difficulty with milk production. So, be aware of these signs of dehydration:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Racing heart
  • Small amounts of dark urine
  • Constipation

The Institute of Medicine recommends pregnant women drink about 10 cups of fluid daily and breast-feeding women consume about 13 cups each day. One way to make sure you are well hydrated is to glance at your urine. It should be very pale or colorless. While fluid intake can come from a variety of foods and beverages, plain drinking water is one of the best ways to consume fluid as it has no calories.


Baby Essentials


Expecting a new baby is an exciting time, but it can also be exhausting – especially the first few days home from the hospital. To ensure you have everything on hand for feeding baby, we’ve compiled the following list of essentials:


If breast-feeding:

  • Bottled water
  • Nursing pillow
  • Nursing bras
  • Breast pump (sometimes insurance will cover cost)
  • Collection bottles and bags for storing breast milk
  • Nursing pads
  • Nipple cream
  • Contact number or email for trained, lactation professional if breast-feeding becomes difficult

If formula feeding:

  • Mix of 2-, 4- and 8-ounce bottles and nipples
  • Bottle warmer (can warm bottle in pan of water, but never heat bottle in microwave)
  • Bottle brush or steam sterilizer for cleaning bottles
  • Bottle basket if using dishwasher to clean bottles
  • Baby bibs and burp cloths
  • Iron-fortified formula
  • Nursery® water for mixing formula
  • Pacifier – if you choose

Of course, what goes in must come out. In fact, you’ll change your baby’s diaper at least 6 times daily after the first week of life. While you may be tempted to buy a truckload of diapers, it’s best to buy in small amounts as babies grow quickly.