The Stroller Danger Every Parent Should Know About on Hot Summer Days

Two young mothers walking with prams

The results of the experiment didn’t surprise Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a Seattle pediatrician who writes the Seattle Mama Doc blog. She urged parents not to panic, and instead, proceed with caution.

“Let’s not be crazy about this,” Swanson said. “For a hundred years, parents have been draping blankets carefully and safely over their baby strollers to protect them from the sun, and we still want them to do that. But we can be thoughtful about it and this is a good reminder.”

The bigger issue fueling the heat is that even a light covering over a stroller, cuts off all circulation of the air. Babies cannot regulate their body temperature, and tend to get very hot, very quickly. By stopping air flow within the stroller, you’re just creating more heat.

While it is possible for babies to have heat stroke, it’s unlikely to happen in this scenario when the baby is being monitored and checked in on throughout their time in the stroller.

Good ventilation is important for the comfort and safety of the baby, so experts suggest finding different alternatives to stroller coverings on hot days like finding shade, creating your own with an umbrella, or using a stroller with a canopy and an opening at the back to allow air flow.

In addition to that, doctors recommend checking on your baby every 10-15 minutes while in the stroller. If their cheeks are flush, they’re sweating, or they’re warm to the touch, it’s a good idea to take them out and give them some cooler air.

Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm is the Editor of An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook.

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