Why I Won't Be Draping Anything Over My Buggy At Naptime Again

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If you've ever draped something over your baby's pram or pushchair to shield your little one from the sun or help them doze off at nap time, you might have been alarmed by a post that's been doing the rounds on Facebook recently about the dangers of doing so.

The original story was covered by Closer last year, when the magazine reported:

Child experts warn mothers against covering their baby's pram with a blanket to shield them from the sun, insisting it could prove fatal to infants. Svante Norgren, paediatrician at the Astrid Lindgren children's hospital in Stockholm, told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper: "It gets extremely hot down in the pram, something like a thermos. There is also bad circulation of the air and it is hard to see the baby with a cover over the pram. It would quickly become uncomfortable and potentially dangerous for the child."

The expert cited that with even a thin blanket covering a pushchair or pram, the temperature inside can reach 37C on a warm day, which may increase the risk of SIDS.

Lots of us have done it - I know I have - and it never really occurred to me that it might be a dangerous thing to do. In fact when my eldest was at buggy-using-age I used to use a muslin over the buggy on a regular basis to block out all the noise and distractions at nap time, otherwise he just couldn't fall asleep on the go. Won't be doing it with my littlest though, after reading this.

Instead, aim for the shade when out and about with your baby and the buggy on a warm day, or invest in a stroller cover or sun shade made from breathable fabric, or a buggy parasol. We have a post coming soon which outlines some sun safety tips for babies - look out for it if you want to know more.

Click here for more information from the Lullaby Trust.on safe sleep and preventing your child from getting too hot.

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