As a child, I would count down the days to summer. Sleeping in, lots of junk food, vacations, perfection.
As a parent, it feels more like this:
I’m kidding. I really don’t know how it feels because I only have one little babe and he’s 8 months old. But I’m just guessing that summer=longer days, more junk food, and kids complaining that they are boooooorrreeeed.
That means it’s time to get creative. Get the kids outside and get dirty!
But also get clean :). Let’s talk about safety.
Summer Safety For Kiddos
Since your kids are most likely so “bored” in the house, get them outside! You don’t need to have a big fancy pool to have fun in the sun, you can buy a $10 kiddie pool (for lounging) and set up the sprinklers (for more active play).
A Few Safety Tips:
- Sunblock: Sunblock is most effective when applied 30 minutes before fun in the sun. It allows time for the ingredients to bind to the skin. It should also be reapplied every two hours. I’m always a fan of putting sunblock on before I go outside. No wind to carry your spray away and no sun to blind you. Even better when you’re putting it on your kiddos because they aren’t halfway running out of your arms to get to the pool.
- Bug Spray: Bugs are icky, gross, and annoying. Not only do they keep your itching kid up at night but they can carry infection and disease. Make sure to find a kid-friendly bug spray and don’t use them on babies under 2 months old.
- Lotion: The sun can both dehydrate and damage the skin. Having a good lotion to lather up the kiddos at night can help prevent premature aging and might even help comfort a little sunburn. It’s a great addition to your nighttime routine, as lotion is necessary for all seasons.
- Water: Hydration! Kids get so caught up in playing that they forget to go to the bathroom. Make sure that you remind your kiddos to drink water. Send them out with a water bottle and check in every once in a while that they are drinking. A good rule of thumb is that a kid should drink the amount of 8oz cups of water equal to their age (not to exceed 64oz). For example: if your kiddo is 6 years old, he should drink 6 (8oz) cups of water during the day.
- Bathing: Do your kiddos get baths every night? During the school year, it might not always be necessary, but summertime is different. Baths are recommended for kids after swimming in pools, ponds, lakes, oceans, sweating, playing in the mud, when they’re clearly dirty or have body odor. That sounds like a typical summer day.
Kids crave routines, whether it’s a nighttime routine, or morning routine, your kiddo will do better with it. Why not create a summer safety routine?
Have a daily summer bag ready by the door that has your towel, sunblock, water bottle, lotion, bug spray and anything else you need for the day. Make it fun, and explain to your kiddo why you are putting sunblock on them or spraying them with bug spray. The more your kids know, the better.
Safe summers are the best summers.
If you’re in need for some summer safety gear: go here.