Summertime Snacks For Little Fingers

With all this heat I always struggle to get my little ones to eat.  

The easiest thing to make are small finger foods that are bright and colourful and catch their eye.

We were off out today so I prepared some small bits to eat off of cocktail sticks and they went down a treat!

  
The boats were made of cheese cut into a triangles with a cocktail stick inserted into the middle and a satsuma segment on the bottom.

The noughts and crosses sandwiches were marmite sandwiches cut into a cross with a pastry cutter.  I then alternated these with a piece of cucumber and half a tomato.  All threaded onto another cocktail stick.

To cool them down afterwards I placed a lolly stick into the top of a small yogurt and placed into the freezer until they harden.  Once hard you can simply take them out and remove the pot and you have a lovely refreshing lolly.

  
You could use any sandwich filling and vegetable combination that you like.  Or replace the sandwich for meat of they are not sandwich lovers.

  

  

Keeping Your Cool In This Heat

  
All winter long we are dreaming of sunshine filled days and long balmy evenings; then bam the sun comes out in full force and we complain about how hot it is!!

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.