(wearing: Joie Soft Nellnna tee, Madewell denim shorts, Salt sunnies, Ergo Performance carrier in gray)
Oh baby. It's been a scorcher around here.
A few months ago, M and I recieved a reader question about babywearing in hot weather:
Help! Today in Washington DC it was a beautiful 70 degrees -- but inside my Ergo where my 5 week old was sleeping, it was NINETY. Poor sweaty baby, poor sweaty mom. When I took him off of me, it looked like he'd peed -- who knows if it was my sweat or his. Got any tips for a) a cooler baby carrier for when it gets hellfire hot in DC, and b) how to dress for hot weather with said baby carrier.
And really, I would've ditched all thought of babywearing altogether if it weren't for three things:
1. P is going through seperation anxiety
2. He weighs approximately 200 lbs
3. I needed at least one hand free for the mojito.
So, you get it, right? Babywearing was a must.
Here's the bad news: When it's 100+ degrees, and on the crazy-humid East Coast, not even Ergo's super light-weight performance carrier is going to help you.
"MIKE!! CAN YOU PLEASE TAKE THE HEAVY SWEAT BALL FOR A FEW?? I'M GOING TO FREAK OUT!"
But the good news? This carrier feels much lighter and cooler overall than the original. My husband appreciated the wider waist-band and sportier look (he'll actually wear this one), while I loved the slightly contoured shoulder straps, which distributed Heavy Sweat Ball's weight better. Also, this carrier is awesome in and around the water. It stays light and comfortable when wet, and dries quickly.
The biggest downside to this carrier is the fact that I found the shoulder straps a bit scratchy. Instead of the softer cotton shoulder straps, the Performance carrier's straps are mesh. And since I have crazy-sensitive skin, the mesh was uncomfortable on my bare skin. And when it's hot, I want to be able to wear a tank top. But I suspect only those with very sensitive skin will have an issue. (I can't even wear wool, only cashmere, for example.)
The verdict? If you live in a very humid climate, and plan on doing a ton of babywearing, Ergo's Performance Carrier might be your best choice.
Tips For Babywearing in Hot and Humid Weather
1. Show some skin - Keep your arms, legs and neck bare. Get that hair up & pull your bangs off of your face.
3. Go Backless - Crazy? Yes. But it's also been crazy hot. So if you have a great back and don't typically worry too much about muffin top, try a backless top. For the rest of us, try finding a lightweight voluminous top that won't stick to your back. Your stomach will be sweaty, so airing out your back will help. I've been wearing the Nellenna tee from Joie's new line, Soft, for this purpose. You can see, in the pic above, how far it hangs from my back (nursing friendly, too). When it's this hot, every little bit helps.
Any other tips, Mamas? So many of you have been dealing with this cah-razy humidity much longer than I have...advice, please!!