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July 9th, 2012, 05:26 AM
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My grandmother passed away last week due to emphysema complications It has been a sad week. Her funeral is tomorrow, a few hours away. We will drive up and back in one day.

Here is where I need advice. It's supposed to be 105 degrees there, the funeral is at 11 so the outside burial will be around 12-1 or so, aka the hottest part of the day. I'm already planning on changing Chase from dress pants to dress shorts and his dress shirt is already short sleeved. I'm worried about Cole overheating during the burial. What do you ladies think. I have a Moby and a ergo with a sun shade. I could wear him, but I'm afraid he'll be too hot. Another option is his stroller/car seat combo, which can get very shaded. Has anyone tried one of those clip-on stroller fans. I guess I could also just hold him but then I don't know what to do about the sun. He does have a sun hat, but what about the rest of his body? Help!!!

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July 9th, 2012, 09:55 AM
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Im sorry to hear about your grandma, Your family will be in my thoughts

I dont think you will be outside too long, im not sure but I dont think burials last more than a half hour?? But maybe Im wrong I havent been to one in a while. Anyway if it were me I think I would use the travel system because that way if he falls asleep on the way to the grave site you can just keep him in his seat and that is the most shaded option. I havent tried a stroller fan but im thinking about getting one for our upcoming camping trip.
If he gets hot and fussy in the stroller there is probably some shade in the area, and maybe you have a teenager there who would rather walk the baby over to the shade than stand at the graveside anyway? I know I would have been that kid.

And in case all else fails bring a muslin blanket with you so if you end up holding him you can throw that right over him for a little shade without over-heating.

Although they dont reccomend sunscreen under 6 months, its more because shade is better protection than sunscreen and less about the chemicals so you can use it if you have no other options, and its always fine to put a little on their cheeks and backs of their hands.
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July 9th, 2012, 10:28 AM
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I'm sorry for your loss.

I was thinking the muslin blanket, too. I'm assuming the funeral is in SoCal, so at least there's no humidity with the heat.

I think I would go with the stroller/car seat option with a muslin blanket to toss over the car seat if he's in the direct sun. I do that all the time for my Stroller Strides class and it works well (though admittedly it hasn't been over 100).
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July 9th, 2012, 01:57 PM
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I'm so sorry about your grandmother. I agree with the other ladies. I think the carseat stroller sounds like the best option.
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July 9th, 2012, 02:07 PM
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I'm sorry about your grandmother.

I would probably do the carseat/stroller combo as well. I think wearing him would be too hot
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July 9th, 2012, 02:18 PM
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Sorry for your loss

I would use the carseat/stroller. Also is there any way to park the car near? That way if you notice he is getting really hot you could jump in the car and sit with him some in the air.
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July 9th, 2012, 02:27 PM
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I'm so sorry for your loss.

My grandfather passed the day before I had Brandon. His funeral was when B was just 1 week old. I personally choose to skip the burial, although I know that may not be everyones choice. I just couldn't handle it. There was also a LONG time between the burial and service.

I agree stroller travel system would be good. I would try one of those fans too. Also, what about a spray bottle to help keep things cooler?

And, I know sunscreen was mentioned earlier, but now they are saying its OK to put on infants before 6 months, so I would also do that.

I hope your day goes as well as it can. I know it will be a tough day for you and your family to begin with and then to add two young kids to the mix is difficult.
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July 9th, 2012, 03:01 PM
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Thanks for your thoughts and advice ladies! I think I will go with the carseat/stroller and try to park the car nearby- good idea
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