So this month at Disney mom, we are talking about staying cool during the heat of the summer. This year we have been experiencing a humid sticky summer, and as you've already experienced long days outside can be tiring for both child and parent.
In our home before we go outside we pack our small cooler bag. We bring water bottles, milk, and plenty of refreshing snacks. My three year old loves her 'pic nics' and my 14 month old just loves to eat, so every park adventure we travel well prepared for.
I'm also a very choosy mom about my kids needing a hat on their head, and sunscreen on whenever possible. My son was not always excited about keeping a hat on his head, but after finding one with a well equipped chin strap that he couldn't undo, he was accepting of the tradition, and now puts on his own hat if it falls off during the exciting game of chase he and his sister often do.
Kiddie pools, and splash pads are also amazing to have on those especially hot days. We opted to fill our kiddie pool with water from the tap so that the temperature was more in favor for sensitive skin. For less than $10 my husband picked up and 'light duty' garden hose and a faucet attachment, this was a much better option for him then running up and down the stairs from the bath tub :-)
Disney baby also has some tips to share, and they are continued below. I hope you all enjoy the summer weather with your loved ones, our canadian winter will return before we know it.
TO KEEP BABY COOL ON HOT SUMMER DAYS
Summer with a baby can be a lot of fun. There are plenty of outdoor activities you can enjoy together and lots of new spaces for baby to explore. But if you’re not properly prepared, it can also be hot, sticky and downright unpleasant. When you’re outside with your baby in the summer heat, comfort and safety are key. Here are some tips from Disney Baby on how to keep your little one cool, so you can get back to having fun in the sun.
1) Embrace Layering
Make sure you don’t overdress your baby. Loose-fitting, lightweight clothes are best, and light layers mean you can add and remove clothes as necessary.
2) Choose Cotton
Dress your baby in natural fibres. Cotton breathes and absorbs sweat more effectively than synthetic fabrics. Disney Baby offers lots of adorable summer options, like this Layette Set or this Minnie Mouse Skirted Creeper.
3) Stick to the Shade
Stay in the shade when you can find it and create some when you can’t. Buying an umbrella stroller is a great way to ensure that your little one is always protected from the sun.
4) Keep Baby Hydrated
If you’re spending a lot of time in the heat, you need to spend a lot of time nursing as well. Like you, your baby gets dehydrated and needs to replenish fluids. If your baby is older, make sure you always have Sippy Cups ready at hand.
5) Find Some Air-Conditioning
Malls, movie theatres and libraries all have air conditioning, and offer a great place to take a break from the heat. Not to mention, they’re a great place for both you and your baby to find entertainment.
6) Buy a Hat
Protect your baby’s head and neck with a cotton summer hat. This Winnie the Pooh Hat features a chin strap so it will stay firmly in place.
7) Have a Splash
Letting your baby play in a paddling pool or on a splash pad is a fun and easy way to cool them down. If you don’t have access to one of these, try a cool bath, or simply sprinkle some water on your baby’s hair.
8) Be StrategicAvoid spending too much time outside in the middle of the day when the sun is at its hottest. When you can, it’s better for you and your baby to go out in the morning or evening.
~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Cheryl. All opinions are honest and my own.*~