This $12 Kmart pet product will keep your baby cool this summer

Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK
Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK 

We all worry about our babies overheating in the summer months.

It's hard to to soothe them when the temperatures are extreme and they're hot and cranky - particularly without running expensive air con.

Conversely, cooling them too much, too quickly is also problematic.

What if there was a gentle way to cool your baby down that didn't cost the earth? One ingenious mum visited the pet section of her local Kmart and had a pretty fantastic idea. 

Posting the idea to Kmart Mums Australia on Facebook, her photo shows her baby atop a pet cooling mat which is filled with cooling gel.

She writes, "Cooling mat comes in handy for a cranky bub on these hot days (they're in the pet section)."

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Photo: Kmart Mums Australia

While this product should be used with caution and should never go in a baby's cot or used for sleep in any way, it's a way of soothing a hot baby during play time, with a comfortable, cooling gel pad.

It could also be taken to the beach or pool for an under-sunshade baby pad, to ensure they don't overheat. We can see another use - for pregnant women to put their feet up on when ankles are swollen in the heat. I wish I had had one of these when I had my February and March babies.

There's a small 60cm x 49 size for $12 and a large 1m x 60cm size (twins anybody?) for $20.

Both can be ordered online, or just head to the pet section at your local Kmart.

This product should not be used in a baby's cot or as a sleep aid. Consult the Red Nose website for safe sleeping guidelines.