Feeling hot hot hot!
Well the summer is well and truly upon us now and many of us are really beginning to feel the heat. While I do love a bit of sunshine surviving the summer with two little ones can be somewhat tricky at times.
Overheating does not bring out the best in most toddlers, or adults really, so below are some top tips for getting you and the family through this unexpected heat wave with hopefully some sanity intact.
1. Avoid the midday sun.
The sun will be at its strongest between 10am and 4pm. The majority of parents would probably agree that keeping your child cooped up indoors all day will really not improve their mood. Plan outside activities but try and plan them for before 10am and after 4pm when the overhead sun is not so strong. Have plenty of activities planned for indoors around midday.
2. Protect against sunburn.
Apart from potentially increasing the risk of melanoma later in life sunburn can be horribly painful. Make sure all exposed skin is adequately covered with a high factor sun-cream. Reapply frequently and always after your child has been playing in water.
3. Stay well hydrated.
Keep yourself and your children well hydrated. Make sure you all drink plenty of fluids and it is a good idea to have bottles of water readily available for everyone. Breast milk or formula will keep babies under six months properly hydrated. You may also need to watch your alcohol intake as you will dehydrate much faster in the heat.
4. Dress appropriately.
Dress you and your little ones in loose-fitting. light coloured clothes which will reflect away some of the heat. I am currently spending the vast majority of my time in fit-flops in an effort to shift a little baby-weight and since it is really too hot for running, and the little ones in crocs which are great for water play and the beach. Make sure little heads are covered in light coloured hats or caps.
5. Use the shade.
When out in strong sun try and utilise the shade as much as possible, but do be aware that this will only give partial UV protection and you can still burn so appropriate sunscreen is still required. You can now purchase small tents with UV protection which can be great for little ones at the beach or in the park.
6. Cool the car.
If you have a long journey planned try and cool down the interior of the car before you head off. Open the windows and doors for a while before you leave and if possible try and leave parked in the shade. Make sure that you have drinking water available in the car and enough to keep you all going should you get stuck in traffic or break-down on the way.
7. Keep your cool.
We can all get a little hot and bothered in high temperatures, adults and children alike. Try to stay cool and keep your cool. Sometimes a slow count to ten will prevent an angry outburst and try to stay positive, after all, it could always be raining!
If you have any tips of your own please do add them in the comments. I would love to hear them.
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