With temperatures already in the 100s on the Palouse, we decided to offer up a list that can help pregnant moms and parents with babies and/or toddlers beat the heat!
Summer Comfort During Pregnancy
- Drink plenty of water and other liquids to stay hydrated.
- Schedule outdoor tasks and exercise for the morning before it gets too hot.
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher throughout the day.
- Take quick showers during the day to cool off.
- Read a book in front of the fan or air conditioner with your feet up (to reduce swelling).
- Minimize salt and sugar intake.
- Take naps!
- Carry a spray bottle of water—your personal mister!
- Wear light colored clothing.
- Go to the pool, river, or lake!
Cool Down with Babies
- Keep your little one hydrated. Breastfeed often—breast milk provides all the hydration a baby needs.
- Go to the pool, river, or lake with your little one. A lightweight mesh wrap allows you to wear your baby while you both cool off.
- Find or make shade. Take a break from the sun under the shade provided by a tree or plant a large umbrella in the sand.
- Take advantage of a cool and fun destination. Think of places that have AC that would be either fun or practical—the library, the movies (newborns will often sleep through a matinee), a children’s museum, the grocery store, the mall.
- Stay home. It’s okay just to stay home if it’s too hot outside. For toddlers who need an at-home activity on a hot day, consider watering the garden, eating watermelon or popsicles, taking a bath.
Mamas and Papas Topics for August
- August 3: Food Storage and Preservation, Misty Amarena
- August 10: Moving with Kids: Providing Comfort and Stability during Transitions
- August 17: How to Read for Early Literacy and Tell Stories without Books, Betsy Bybell and Jacki Fulwood
- August 24: Setting a Schedule: Tips for Stay-at-Home Parents
- August 31: Open Discussion. Family Check-in. Bring questions/topics that you would like to discuss.
Mamas + Papas
When: Mondays from 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Where: Uma Center (414 South Jefferson Street, Moscow—the corner of 5th and Jefferson)
Who: All interested participants are encouraged to attend!
Each Mamas and Papas Group Meeting features a speaker on a topic that is relevant to expectant parents or parents of children up to two years of age. Childcare assistance will be provided by Co-op volunteers during the meeting. The Co-op Outreach Team will be there with refreshments and samples. We hope to see you in August!