All jokes aside with this mini heatwave hitting us this week we all need to keep our little ones safe in the sun.
- Before leaving the house make sure that you keep the curtains closed to keep the sun out and the house a little cooler.
- Ensure that everyone has adequate suncream on and it is applied regularly.
- If possible invest in some UV protective clothing for your little ones so they can run around to their hearts content.
- Try to keep in the shade as much as possible; especially during 12-3 as this is the hottest time of day.
- If you have little ones in buggies then I would really strongly advice investing in a Snoozeshade. They give complete coverage from the sun, unlike those useless parasols you can buy.
- Hydration is key! It is so easy to become dehydrated so make sure you drink at regular intervals. It’s a good idea to pop some bottles of water into the freezer so they can defrost during the day. And who dosent love an ice lolly? These are a guaranteed way to get some fluid into your littlies.
- My little one came home with some sweat bands today and I decided to make them wet before putting them on to keep him cool.
- A paddling pool or a washing up bowl full of water to play in is one of the best ways to keep cool. Or fill up some water balloons and guns and all have a great big water fight!
- If you are breastfeeding make sure you offer your baby to the breast more as this will quench their thirst and no other water will need to be given.
- A nappy and vest is sufficient for them to wear in bed as we all now how horrible it is to be to hot at night.
- Keep an eye out for the warning signs of dehydration. Less at nappies, sunken fontinelle in babies, lethargy and yellow urine.
The most important thing to remember is to have fun!! We get such a short amount of beautiful sunshine in the UK that we need to make the most of it whilst it is here.