When you live in cold rainy England, the first thing you want to do when there’s a ray of sunshine is get straight outside and enjoy it with your little ones. But too much sunshine can be dangerous for babies and toddlers, so here are seven ways to keep them feeling as cool and as comfortable as possible on those hot summer days.
Babies find it hard to regulate their body temperature unlike older kids and adults, so it is advised that you should always keep babies under 6 months out of direct sunlight at all times. You should also keep babies over 6 months in the shade between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its highest too.
Ways to combat this is by buying a parasol for your little ones pram, or by setting up a play area under a large umbrella. Sitting in paddling pools and playing with water will also keep them feeling cool.
You should always use suncream to avoid your little one getting sun burn. Choose creams which are spf 15 or above, though the higher the spf, the more protected they will be. Remember creams do wear off as your little ones move and play, so it’s important to reapply it often throughout the day. Make sure you put it on all exposed parts of their skin including their neck, shoulders, nose, ears and feet as these places catch the sun particularly easily.
If your child is playing in water, try and use waterproof suncream and reapply often.
Dressing your little ones in loose clothing will help to reduce the risk of burning but will also keep them feeling cool. Sun burn is even more likely when your baby is in water, so popping a t-shirt on them is always a good idea.
Buy your baby a wide brimmed floppy hat to make sure that their face and neck is covered when they are out in the sun. It will help to keep them cool too.
You know how much your eyes can strain when you’re caught without sunglasses, so it’s the same for your baby too. Get your little one a pair that carry a CE mark and meet the British Standards to ensure their eyes are protected correctly.
Finally, it’s super important to keep your child hydrated, especially when it’s hot. If you’re breastfeeding your baby will more than likely need more feeds, so keep yourself as hydrated as possible too. If your little on is being bottle fed, cool some bottled water and give them that throughout the day in addition to their usual feeds.
If you have a baby who is over six months or have a toddler, try and feed them water throughout the day, or give them watery fruits or iced products such as ice lollies instead.