As a nation we moan when it’s cold and we moan when it’s hot. There is never a happy medium. I personally love it hot and hate it cold. The twins however love it somewhere in the middle so are struggling a little with this summer sun and this heat. Edward more than Euan.
We have made the garden a huge giant play area with shaded areas a water table and paddling pool. The shade is still super hot though as it’s reach 29 degrees the last few days. We have tried to keep them happy with lots of juice, little and often on the food front and just generally let them do whatever they want to do.
There are lots of other things you can do to help keep them cool, hydrated and happy both day and night. I have some tips of my own I would like to share and I have also asked other mums for their favourite tips.
I hope some of the below will help you deal with summer sun. Some of these tips are great for both adults and children.
Summer Sun Daytime Tips
- Lots of ice pops and cold juice/water, we find the boys love to drink bought bottles of juice and water better than cups made at home. In this heat the extra few pound is worth it to make sure they drink enough.
- Freeze flannels and t-shirts, if you dampen them first they are great for cooling down hot sweaty kids quickly. (suggested by Stacey from One Small Human)
- Ice cubes (in a bowl) or frozen bottles of water in front of a fan can make the room cooler than just circulating hot air. This really does work I’ve tried it and it’s cheaper than an air con unit although one would be fabulous in this weather. (suggested by Nikki from Just around the Riverbend also used this method)
- Emma from Me and Be Make Tea has a great post about freezing toys. These look fab and great way to keep kids cool and hydrated.
- Pop some baby wipes in the fridge they are so refreshing for both adults and kids. Just to freshen up when feelings. But sweaty or sticky.
- Let them eat when they want and provide lots of healthy snacks like frozen fruit, breadsticks and dips with cucumber are a favourite in our house. Frozen yoghurt ices cubes are a good one suggested buy Hannah from The Amphletts , I also like the sound of frozen grapes as ice cube or just to eat this idea came from Carla at Random Thoughts of a Twenty Something
Summer Sun Night Time Tips
- When all the fun has been had and your finished for the day a cool bath (not cold but cool) will freshen them up ready for a good nights sleep. I like a cool shower.
- Keeping the room cool, we keep curtains closed upstairs all day but windows open it helps keep the heat out. Also use the fan with a bowl of ice cubes/frozen bottled water in front at least an hour before bed and the room will be nice and cool.
- Wear either just nappies or cool pjs for bed, Jack resorts to just undies when its this warm, the twins like shorts and t shirts.
- A hot water bottle filled 2/3 full them popped in the freezer makes a great tool for cooling your sheet sdown before you get in bed. This is an amazing way of getting into a nice cool bed . Just keep moving it around for a while before you dive in bed. (great to cool your pillows down as well).
There are so many hints and tips out there for dealing with summer sun to help your little one cope, and also yourself. Remember hydration is very important and lots of sun cream if playing outside. Be safe not sorry this summer.
There are also some other great posts around with great tips to help keep cool and comfortable this summer. I have linked a few below for you
Mum on a Mission – Top Tips For Keeping Cool In A Wheelchair This Summer
Suburban Mum – 10 ways to keep your children cool at bed time
Thanks to people who gave me new suggestions and thanks to the awesome people below who had the same ideas as me: