Yiipee, it's a heatwave! The world looks a much brighter place when the sun is shining. Why not get out there and enjoy it? We have pulled together a few tips to make sure your kids get the most out of the summer by staying cool & safe in the sun.
TIP 1 | Use a sunscreen with a protection level of at least SPF15 and 4 stars. Use it generously and reapply regularly, particularly after swimming. If you have a protest on your hands, why not lead by example and apply it on yourself first?
Organic Sun Lotion | A non-greasy, scent free and natural sun lotion for children, or anyone with sensitive skin, in SPF 25. Ideal for skin suffering from prickly heat, our sun lotion of choice is water resistant but doesn't clog pores. It protects against UVA and UVB using natural ingredients; aloe vera, beeswax and edelweiss. | Available at KA-BOOM |
TIP 2 | It is a good idea to spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm. Maybe take a leaf out of the people of the Mediterranean's book and treat yourself to a long lunch or siesta?
Shade for the family | If you are heading to the park or the beach this is a clever set-up that will ensure there is always shade available. Relax under a cool canopy of natural shade that offers superior sun protection. This cool "Sombrilla" made from 100% cotton hails from Australia, but you could try making your own version using a tightly woven fabric... | Pinned from hollieandharrie.com.au |
TIP 3 | Cover up! Although Vitamin D is essential and a tan is desirable, we all know by now that UVA and UVB rays are harmful, so do cover up with a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses. For extra piece of mind search out clothes with UPF rating of at least 30.
Sunnies! | The best way to ensure a child's eyes are protected is to make sure the sunnies stay on. Your child will look like a mini rockstar wearing lightweight sunglasses like these. These ones by Squids have a flexible frame to firmly wrap around little faces to keep eyes well protected. Designed for children aged 3-10 they provide 100% UV protection and are ideal for the pool or beach. | Pinned from adventuretogs.co.uk |
Funky UV Sunsuit | Let your kids run wild in a UV sun suit, which is as good for playing in the water as out of it. This unisex two-piece suit by Indikidual offers UPF protection of 50+ so you just need to apply sunscreen where the body is exposed. The fabric is breathable and dries quickly. | Pinned from indikidual |
Cool Fox Tankini | You don't often see foxes on the beach! Not only is this great tankini set covered in foxes, but it also has a UPF rating of 50+. We'd recommend checking out Beanie & Bear for plenty more bright, mix & match beachwear, including some fab unisex pieces! | Pinned from beanieandbear.com |
Pop on a tee | If in doubt pop a cool t-shirt on your child to keep them covered. This totally tropical version will have your child feeling in the holiday mood even if you have only made it as far as the local park! This one from the Runaway Design Collective features original artwork by designer and illustrator Kalman Lee. | Available at KA-BOOM |
TIP 4 | Stay hydrated! Remember to make all the family drinking plenty of water on hot days, as our bodies lose water faster than it normally does!
BPA free sippy cup | These good-looking aluminium sippy bottles can be used as a sippy cup and as your child grows the sippy cap can be replaced with a sports cap and use as a regular water bottle. Spill proof as well as BPA, PVC and Phthalate free. | Pinned from littleacornstomightyoaks |
TIP 5 | Enjoy and cherish the sunshine! While it is important to stay cool and safe it is also important to be able to relax and enjoy the summer sun.Sunshine on a towel | This may not protect you from the sun but it will keep the sand away. It will also remind you to keep a smile on your face if the great British Summertime turns into a bit of a washout, just as you get to the beach! | Pinned from nuuba.com |
So get out there and enjoy yourself with your children knowing that they will be happy, safe and looking good! We have more ideas on our Pinterest board and of course we would love to hear your suggestions. Comment below or you can email, post on Twitter or Facebook.