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14 October 2010 @ 11:43 am
Baby Overheating?  
So today I decided to try wearing LO out in public. I needed a few things at the mall so I strapped her on and shopping we went.

She fell right asleep but I got warm. I get warm easily anyway so this wasn't a huge surprise, but I did start to sweat where she was resting against me. I checked her several times for perspiration and she was dry, but I got worried enough about her overheating that I cut my trip short. I think the mall might have been a little stuffy because we are in a weather pattern right now that really doesn't call for air conditioning or heat so perhaps that was part of the problem.

So my question is how can I tell if my newborn is in danger of overheating in my Beco Butterfly 2? I really like the idea of wearing her when I'm running errands but since I tend to get warm easily I am afraid of more experiences like today's. Help?!

Jeez, this is my third post in a row. Sorry if I am becoming annoying!
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theaspiringlifetheaspiringlife on October 14th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks! She wasn't even sweaty. She was warm for sure, but I was the only one sweating. It's almost like carrying a little space heater, hehe.
richghettogyrlrichghettogyrl on October 14th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, it totally is. :)
Krystaljaleco on October 14th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
I get warm with my son on me too. I find we both get too sweaty and hot icky when his skin touches mine, so now I just place a prefold or a thin recieving blanket over my chest where he lays his cheek. This reduced the heat BIG time and it actually helped prevent me from getting covered in spit up when he had a surprise burp lol.

Also the kind of wrap I use makes a difference. I am using a 'water wrap' from babyEtte, which is a super thin mesh fabric that you can wear in the pool or shower and it doesn't hold in the water. As a result it is VERY light and breathable and this helps cut down on the heat too. If I wear my linen ring sling I get a lot more overheated.

Generally I find it's just ME that's too warm since I am doing all the work of walking and carrying him and he's perfectly comfortable.
theaspiringlifetheaspiringlife on October 14th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
We weren't really skin to skin, but the blanket is a good idea none the less because I definitely have a nice drool stain on my t-shirt now.

I might need to find something more breathable for trips like this. The Beco works great for around the house where I can control the temperature but I was VERY warm in it today despite the mild temperature. I will look into the wrap you suggested, thanks!
Krystaljaleco on October 14th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
BabyEtte's etsy shop is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BabyEtte She makes some seriously beautiful things for great prices as well. The water wrap comes in a ring sling too if you prefer a sling. :)
Tragically Unhipathinker on October 14th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
I never even thought about it, I don't think. I mean, I never really wore him when it was over 90* (he was born in July), but that was more for my comfort than his. Newborns are usually pretty sweaty as it is, so I wouldn't even worry then unless she was so drenched in sweat you were worried about dehydration.

If you are worried, just dress her appropriately to the weather + body heat.
theaspiringlifetheaspiringlife on October 14th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! She wasn't even sweaty... my t-shirt was damp when I took the carrier off but her clothes were dry to the touch despite the fact that she was resting right against me.

She probably could have done with less clothing - I dressed her a little warmly to begin with today, so I will try to plan more accordingly if I know I'm going to wear her. :-)
Dianafaerieflings on October 14th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
I've never had a baby overheat in a carrier when it was cool enough for me to be comfortable wearing them. Your cue zone is the back of their neck. If the back of their neck gets sweaty or hot, they need to cool down. It takes a LOT to get them that warm, and mommy feeling a little sweaty with baby in the carrier doesn't seem to bother most babies.
theaspiringlifetheaspiringlife on October 14th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That is actually where I was checking for perspiration, and she was totally dry. I guess despite the fact that I was sweating she was totally snug and comfortable.
Kristie1frabjousmama on October 15th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Another thing to keep in mind--it's actually harder for her to overhead when you're wearing her (as long as you don't have tons of clothes between the two of you) because your (larger) body will act as a heat sink and draw her excess heat away from her. The same thing works if she ever has a fever--just lay skin-to-skin with her under a light blanket and watch the fever drop! (Of course, this was REALLY tested on a 95 degree day this summer when DD spiked a fever of 103 and I was keeping her on me... I was MELTING!)
theaspiringlifetheaspiringlife on October 15th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
That would certainly explain why I was sweating and she seemed totally fine! When I took her off she got sort of crabby... I think she was enjoying her nap. Whoops!