Bremen, June 11 2019. Young parents face new challenges on their first holiday with a baby: sun, heat and long journeys pose very different challenges to infants and toddlers than to young adults. “If one heeds a few tips then nothing stands in the way of a summer holiday with baby,” explains vacation expert Wiebke Wegner of the holiday home agency Traum-Ferienwohnungen.
Even the selection of the holiday destination should be carefully considered. Destinations that are known for extremely high temperatures are not optimal in midsummer. Doctors warn that anything that adults consider to be very hot will seem many times hotter to a baby. That’s because little bodies still have to learn how to regulate heat. At high temperatures, babies quickly feel uncomfortable and enter into a state of stress. Young families should therefore seek out the nearby coasts of the North and Baltic Seas in Germany, the Netherlands and Poland, as well as Scandinavian beaches. There are many family-friendly holiday regions and accommodations to choose from.
Sun protection is the name of the game
A baby’s skin is also still extremely sensitive. Namely ten times as sensitive as that of an adult. That is why it is particularly important to rely on the right sun protection. “As much as you might like to lie in the sun yourself: with baby, the motto is ‘out of the sun and into the shade’,” advises Wiebke Wegner of Traum-Ferienwohnungen, herself a mother of a two-year-old son. Whether at the beach or by the pool, a beach umbrella or a parasol is just as important as a large sun hat with protection for neck and shoulders. In addition, doctors recommend that babies wear UV-resistant clothing. This is often labeled with an additional marking (e.g. “UPF 50+” or “UV Protect 80″) and stops the hot rays cold in their tracks. Very practical: baby can keep their clothes on even if they cool down briefly in the water.
There are two different recommendations from experts regarding sun protection creams: one advises keeping the baby out of the sun as much as possible. Those who can do this do not need a protective cream for sensitive baby skin. Anyone who uses a sunscreen product should ensure that it has a high sun protection factor (at least SPF 30, preferably SPF 50) and has been specially developed for newborns. But be careful: according to Ökotest many products are not recommended for infants. Mineral-based products from natural cosmetics manufacturers performed particularly well in tests. These make the skin very white, but do not contain any questionable chemical substances.