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Old 23.08.2011, 08:03
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Re: How & where can I keep my baby cool in Zurich?

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-nap when baby does, 1 pm to 4 pm
If only baby napped! But that's a different thread... and in this heat, none of us are sleeping at any time.

Thanks for all the flat-cooling tips. I've been doing that every day - windows open wide all night, fans, blinds closed tight during the day, but we live on the top floor under the roof with skylights and high ceilings. There's only so much you can do.

Some babies might be perfectly fine in hot weather, but mine seems to have developed a heat rash and is just a pile of grumpy fussiness by the end of the day (also not helped by teething and poor napping skills).

But thanks for the tips, everyone. If you see a tired-looking woman loitering in hotel lobbies or museum foyers with a screaming baby, that'll be me.
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Old 23.08.2011, 08:19
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Some babies might be perfectly fine in hot weather, but mine seems to have developed a heat rash and is just a pile of grumpy fussiness by the end of the day (also not helped by teething and poor napping skills).

But thanks for the tips, everyone. If you see a tired-looking woman loitering in hotel lobbies or museum foyers with a screaming baby, that'll be me.

I feel your pain! My son is not coping well with this heat either. He also has a heat rash and is teething really badly. I try to go out first thing in the morning but after that I am pretty much house-bound for the remainder of the day. Fortunately our flat is pretty comfortable due to the blinds/shutters being closed and I bought a small pool for the terrace that both me & my son have been taking advantage of

Good luck! I think we only have a few more days of this!!
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Old 23.08.2011, 08:28
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really? sorry but I never understand how a baby can catch a cold from drafts air con etc... surely catching a cold is from bugs? plus I've had our air con on over the past few weeks and baby has not caught cold
I think is not because of the air conditioner itself, but because when the weather is so hot outside and you bring the baby to a cold atmosphere, then it can happen. Coincidence or not, last week we were walking out and then I entered a migro to buy some cheese and it was so cold, my 2 boys started to sneeze and the next day we all started with cold symptoms

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Can't say I'm an expert but you could visit one of the centres for asylum seekers and ask some of the African ladies how they coped....
Could you explain me why would someone have to go to an asylum center to find african ladies?


OP, the natural way with shadows is the best, I often go to wipkingen playground and sit under a tree shadow, for baby2 and me i lay a blanket on the grass and it feels sooooo fresh, and baby1 plays around the little fountains with the rest on the little kids. going in and out of places with AC is not the best idea IMO. Also lots of fresh water to keep you both hydrated.
Let us know if you try one of the tips and how it went.
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Old 23.08.2011, 11:29
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Re: How & where can I keep my baby cool in Zurich?

I used to also give my little one lots of cool baths - there would be days when he spent more time splashing around than not! Kitchen sinks and baby baths outside in the shade are two suggestions to make the experience a bit more mobile and interesting rather than sitting in a potentially hot bathroom.
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Re: How & where can I keep my baby cool in Zurich?

You could also try a sprayer (the type that Coop sell for your houseplants).

Fill it with water and set to a really fine spray - the idea isn't to drench baby, but to cool him as the water evaporates.

It might be that your baby doesn't like the spay, but you've only wasted a few franks on a sprayer - and it's nice to use on yourself anyway.

I don't recommend this method for use on cats...
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