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When it's hot outside and getting hotter, it's tempting to stay inside staring at screens, but outside time is important for children and offers many mental and physical health benefits, says the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). So unless it's really, truly hot, outings are a must for most days.
How hot is too hot? The AAP says that a heat index at or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit poses a significant health risk. Note that the heat index is not just the temperature outdoors, it's a measure of how heat feels when your area's relative humidity is factored in. The higher the humidity, the more heat can affect you. You can calculate the heat index in your area using the National Weather Service's Heat Index Chart or Heat Index Calculator.
When the heat index in your area hits that 90 degrees Fahrenheit mark, the AAP suggests swimming or spending more time indoors. Otherwise, it's up to you to watch your children for signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion, or, worst of all, heatstroke, which the AAP says is a medical emergency. The AAP warns parents to call pediatricians if they notice any of the following symptoms:
- Unusual tiredness (unusually sleepy or hard to wake up)
- Unusual thirst
- Not urinating for many hours
- Unusually quick or deep breathing
- Numb or tingling skin
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle aches
In hot conditions, the AAP advises parents to encourage children to drink more water, and infants who drink breast milk or formula can get extra in a bottle (but infants 6 months and younger should not be given water); moms who are exclusively breastfeeding can breastfeed more frequently in warm weather.
The AAP also advises parents to dress children for the weather in lightweight and light-colored clothing, take frequent breaks inside to cool off and rest while you hydrate, and consider working water play into your day, whether it's taking a cool bath or heading to the pool. Fans, says the AAP, can also be helpful when parents don't have access to air conditioning, and as many parents know, a good stroller fan can cut down on crankiness on walks in hot weather.
Stroller fans are compact cooling devices that attach to your stroller to keep your child more comfortable. Typically powered by rechargeable or lithium batteries, there are stroller fans that bend to fit around the stroller and others that clip onto the handles. There are oscillating stroller fans, as well as those that emit a cooling mist or light up in one or several colors.
Whichever type you use, the AAP warns parents to secure it well away from curious little fingers, and to direct the airflow away from your child's face, as it can dry out their mouth and nose. Finally, don't use fans when the temperature is in the high 90s Fahrenheit, as it can actually make you hotter instead of cooler, says the AAP.
How we chose the best stroller fans
Stroller fans do such a simple job that small differences in design and function can have a major impact. So we started our search for the best by hunting through millions of comments on BabyCenter's Community, looking for stroller fans that parents use and recommend to each other.
Once we found these favorites, our expert editorial team researched each pick to ensure it works well and is widely available. Keep reading to find the best clip-on stroller fan, our favorite stroller misting fans, and more. If you're looking for more sun protection for your children, our favorite sunscreens for babies and for kids can help.