When you’re headed outdoors on a hot day it’s important to keep your baby protected from the sun, but when you cover your up your little one you might be doing more harm than good. Draping a blanket over your baby can create shade, but this common stroller hack may be dangerous, experts warn.

If the stroller top simply isn’t enough to keep your baby in the shade, many parents will toss on a thin blanket to extend the cover. Although this helps keep the sun at bay, it can actually create the opposite effect of what you’re going for. Even a thin blanket can trap hot air, essentially creating a greenhouse effect.

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The danger was highlighted in a YouTube video on Channel Mum that conducted a basic temperature measurement test and found that the temp raised dramatically after just a few minutes of being covered. Although this was by no means a scientific experiment, Good Morning America guest and pediatrician, Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez, confirmed that the rapid rise in temperature was “absolutely” a possibility when covering a stroller with a blanket.

“Most parents out there are using common sense and frequently checking on their babies,” she said. “This is nevertheless a good reminder and an opportunity to talk about something that is easy to prevent,” Bracho-Sanchez said.

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So what should you do to protect your baby from the sun? When possible stay out of the heat, but if you have to be out stick to the shade. Keep a watchful eye on your baby and look for sweating or flushed cheeks, which are a sign that you should get indoors and get some fluids. Outfitting your baby with a sun hat is another good way to keep your little one shaded.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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