It’s hot , not just a little bit hot but super hot. I am sweating and grumpy so I can only imagine how the kids are feeling!Keeping the kids cool is always a mission. Personally I’m a fan of winter myself. Being slightly on the larger side there are only so many layers I can take off before people are looking away in disgust. At least in the winter you can add as many layers as you wish. So if the heat makes us so grumpy and lethargic it does the same for our kids too.
Keeping kids hydrated is really tricky sometimes. If your children are anything like mine then water isn’t at the top of their choice of drinks. However it really is super important when it comes to keeping them hydrated. As a parent to a fair few kids I’ve tried everything over the years to make sure they are getting enough fluid when the weather is super hot. A top tip I can offer is that ice lollies are your best friend! Not only can they help cool the kids down immediately but they are a good way of sneaking the fluids in!
Get the paddling pool out
Paddling pools are an absolute life saver for keeping the kids cool. I remember when I was younger paddling pools were just standard round things with inflatable rings that usually popped rather quickly. Now there are all kinds from the standard inflateables to the ones that have a whole steel frame round them. Making you feel like you have a real swimming pool in your garden.
Sometimes its really difficult to keep the kids cool in the shade but with a bit of imagination you can create shade from all sorts. An old sheet makes an awesome sun canopy! I quite often seen babies in prams with a blanket over the top of the pram. This is actually really dangerous and shouldn’t be done! Underneath that blanket without you realising it your child could be seriously over heating so it’s always better to attached a sun canopy.
Suncream is a must in the hot weather. A lot of them nowadays have Aloe Vera in them which is amazing for keeping kids cool. Don’t forget little heads burn too. I am very guilty of letting the kids out to play, smothering their arms, legs, backs, necks, face and forgetting about their poor little heads! We sometimes forget that kids hair is much thinner than ours and they often have a lot of head space on show. Especially toddlers and babies.
I hope this little blog has at least helped in some ways , If you have any other awesome tips for keeping kids cool then let us know in the comments!
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