It’s hot, hot, hot at the moment which generally means hot, grumpy children! It is hard to make sure your child is kept cool and sunburn free but with a few key items it can be a doddle.
Here are my essential summer time items for children:
I go a bit overboard on the sunblock with my girls but the thought of them getting sunburnt makes me feel quite ill. Getting sunburn can increase your risk of getting skin cancer and with two members of our family having skin cancer in the past few years I would much rather be overcautious.
When choosing sun cream for children always go for the highest SPF. Also check their UVA rating the higher the number of stars the better.
I use mainly use Boots Soltan Once for Kids; it’s really thick so I put it on BG before she gets dressed. This is a great one if you are going to be out all day as it last 8 hours. I reapply after playing in water and to the face after eating.
I was recently sent SunSense to try out and it’s great. It’s the number one sunscreen in Australia. We have the Toddler Milk Roll On and it goes on a dream. It absorbs really quickly and is not greasy and of course the most important this it protects BG’s and Little Miss’s skin from the sun. The roll on now stays in my bag for top up when we are out.
Once you have slopped on the sun cream then slap on a sun hat this will protect their head, face and ears. I prefer the floppy ones and they give bigger coverage.
I bought a BabyBanz sunhat from Little Sunflowers a few years ago and it’s still going strong. They block out up to 97% of UVA and UVB rays. I also like that they are adjustable so you get a few years out of them.
For parents of babies and child in pushchairs get a SnoozeShade! You can use them on any pushchair; I have used mine on my Stokke Xplory and Sliver Cross Surf this week. This sunshade is like no other it fully protects your child from the sun, you can use it a variety of ways and it is a 100% times better than a parasol.
Little Miss has been kept protected and cool this week under hers. I was sent one for free this does not affect my view I was going to buy one myself.
Make sure your children are kept hydrated all day. I like Sistema bottles; they rarely leak and don’t break even after BG has dropped it about a 100 times!
BG drinks a lot of water so I get a large one, its perfect for preschool and days out.
What are your essential items?
I was sent a bottle of SunSense and a SnoozeShade to review, the others items I bought myself. All opinions are my own.