Why a muslin or blanket over your pram can put baby at risk

A blanket over your baby's pram can put them at risk when it's hot
A blanket over your baby's pram can put them at risk when it's hot

So apparently we’ve all been making a critical error when it comes to taking our babies out in their prams when it’s warm.

It’s actually not ok to cover the pram with a muslin… you won’t be keeping your baby cooler but creating a hot thermos, according to doctors at a children’s hospital in Stockholm.

Paediatrician Dr Svante Norgren told Svenska Dagbladet: “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.”

The newspaper decided to test out Dr Norgren’s theory, leaving a pram outside in the midday sun between 11:30am and 1pm.

Uncovered it reached a temperature of 22 degrees celsius, but when a thin cover was placed over the pram for 30 minutes, it soared to 34 degrees – despite the fact it wasn’t even a particularly hot day.

Some prams have UV mesh covers, which are safer but it’s essential to ensure that loads of air can circulate.



More from Anna Tyzack

14 things no one tells you before you meet your baby

You will have been warned about the sleep deprivation and have stocked...
Read More