So it turns out I am fairly sure that what I thought was a tummy bug may actually have been a simple case of overheated baby. (Maybe tummy-to-tummy in a front pack all over New York City on the first sweltering, humid day of the summer isn’t the smartest idea, for future reference.) When Huck showed a voracious appetite just three hours later and managed to keep everything down, and then carried on as if nothing had happened, I had to sort of go, “huh,” if you know what I mean.
Suddenly I am presented with quite the challenge. If we lived in the suburbs I imagine it would be fairly easy to keep a baby cool. Basically my life would consist of going from the air conditioned house to the air conditioned car to the air conditioned (and heavenly!) Target, yes? But here we go from the swamp-coolered apartment to the grimy, steamy streets to our sometimes air conditioned (but not usually) destinations.
So what’s a mama to do, you are asking yourself? Dude, really. What am I going to do? My plan of attack so far after the jump (and I could really use your ideas)!
This little beauty is currently winging its way to my humble palace of tiny wonders thanks to two-day shipping from Amazon. When I asked all of my friends how they kept their kids cool during the awful summers, this was the first thing they recommended. Clip it to the sunshade of the stroller and let it whir. The foam blades are soft on curious baby fingers, and they say the breeze it generates is pretty darn strong for such a little guy. Plus it’s something stupid like ten bucks. For ten bucks, I’ll try anything.
That’s a lot of words for what is, essentially, a spray bottle with a fan. We tried it out on our sticky walk through Central Park this evening and I have to say, while it’s not the perfect solution, it’s close enough. It feels really good on the back of the neck, I tell you what.
#3 Good Old Fashioned Water
I happened on a genius idea today after recalling an article I read during last year’s NYC heat wave. The journalist interviewed an outdoor newsstand worker, who admitted he’d survived the heat wave by buying frozen water bottles from his own inventory and putting them down his pants and up his shirt. Right? Pretty brilliant. So my plan is to buy two bottles on long outings and stash them on the left and right sides of my baby’s pudgy self in his stroller. Like turning your stroller into a giant cooler! Luckily, we can also drink the water. I know, I’m blowing your minds with this one.