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My Essential Items for Children This Summer

Summer Essentials

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.

Sun Hats

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.

Sun hat


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.

Drinks Bottle

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.


HIT Spring Water

HIT Spring Water

Price: 49p per individual bottle or £2.49 for a pack of 6

Available from:  Supermarkets

Initial Reaction: Good to see bottled water aimed at children. Continue reading

Sistema Twister Bottle, 460ml

Sistema Twister Bottle, 460ml, AquaSistema Twister Bottle, 460ml

Price: £2.79

Available from:  Amazon and other online retailers

Initial Reaction: Looks good, I hope it works. BG can demolish a drinks bottle in minutes.


  • Twist cap
  • No leakages
  • Holds a good amount of drink
  • Sturdy
  • Easy to clean
  • Lightweight


  • None

Value for money? Great value

Overall Reaction:  Great drinks bottle. BG goes through bottles so quickly but this has resisted her best efforts. Even though she’s chewed the top it still doesn’t leak, I feel secure with it in my handbag.  Great for both adults and children.

By Carol

Sistema Slimline Quaddie Lunch Box

Sistema Slimline Quaddie Lunch Box, AquaSistema Slimline Quaddie Lunch Box

Price: £5.99

Available from:  Amazon and other online retailers

Initial Reaction:  An impressive looking lunch box with 4 sections and water bottle. Continue reading

Sigg Water Bottle (0.3l)

Product: Sigg water bottle (0.3 l)

Price: £14

Available from: Sigg website or various stockists

Suitable from: 3+

Initial Reaction: We use drinks bottles and lidded cups a lot in our house. I’ve tried a few brands and generally I come back to Tommy Tippee, so I was interested to see how this one would compare. Sigg bottles are quite different from ‘kiddy’ cups: they’re made from durable metal, which keeps drinks cool for a long time. The design of this one is really nice – interesting and appealing for little ones without relating to a brand/TV; it went down great with my almost-three year old. We’ve used it around the house and taken it out and about. It hasn’t leaked (as long as a certain toddler didn’t leave it open!) and is lightweight to carry around. Continue reading