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Staying Safe in Summer Sun

Looks like Summer is finally here Everyone!

Still we need to take care in the heat especially if like us you rarely see heat like this!

Did you know in the summer between 11am and 3pm, the sun is at its strongest? 

Babies, young children, pregnant ladies and the elderly can become very ill during very hot weather. Their health can be seriously affected by dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke and sunburn.
Try these tips for keeping you and Baby healthy in the heat.

Try to keep your baby cool and protect them from the sun.

Babies less than six months old should be kept out of direct sunlight. Older infants should also be kept out of the sun as much as possible.

When out, attach a parasol or sunshade to your baby’s pushchair to keep them out of direct sunlight. But do not cover them or their car seats with a blanket or Muslin as these can trap the heat and cause your little ones to get ill.

Apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to your baby’s skin every couple of hours. Apply the suncream regularly, particularly if your child is in and out of the sea or paddling pool. 

Pop on a sunhat with either a wide brim or a long flap at the back, to protect the neck from the sun.

Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids or having ice lollies. So make sure you carry water for yourself and everyone in the family. Plenty of fruit and salad will also help keep their fluid levels up.

Did you know, if you’re breastfeeding your baby, you don’t need to give them water as well as breast milk. Your breastmikk changes consistently to adapt to the needs of baby. But you should offer feeds more than usual.  

If you’re bottle feeding, as well as their usual milk feeds, you can give your baby cooled boiled water throughout the day. If your baby wakes at night, they’ll probably want milk. If they’ve had their usual milk feeds, try cooled boiled water as well. 

Playing in a paddling pool is a good way of keeping babies and children cool. Keep the pool in the shade.   

A cool bath before bedtime can also help at night. Check out what they should wear tonne using the picture in our useful photo album

You can keep rooms cool during the day by closing blinds or curtains. You can also use a fan to circulate the air in the room.  

A room thermometer will help you monitor the temperature of your room. Your baby will sleep most comfortably when their room is between 16C (61F) and 20C (68F).

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Life’s Little Hacks – Surviving Parenthood

Having a little person arrive in your life is such a massive change to your life that it will never be the same again.

Tips on how to survive:

  1. Batch cook and freeze left overs: even when u don’t need to cook review your freezer contents
  2. Making breakfast – take something out to defrost so you can microwave it
  3. Shopping – online shopping delivered to your door is amazing – it’s even better if baby is awake. You need to plan these deliveries though and often involve a spend of £4O or more
  4. Shopping – click and collect – are great as they can often be done for a minimum spend of £25 and might be available on the same day. Great if u need last minute bits n pieces
  5. Always have a mixture of sweet and savoury snacks available 
  6. Amazon Prime is amazing for next day supplies of nappies and wipes – bulk buy these two things and life will be much much easier
  7. Utilise sales to buy not for this year season but next years you’ll save a fortune
  8. Join Groups – through apps/facebook/real life. When you’re up for the 2am feed these mums will save ur hide!
  9. Sleep when u can, the house genuinely doesn’t matter after you have washed those bottles lol! Or… make sure you have about 15 to get you through a couple of days if you don’t want to have to keep washing up
  10. Create Baskets with essentials that can be placed in each room you use: so wipes, nappy and nappy crimes – change of clothes x2 and muslin x2 as well. Other things you might want to add favourite toy, bubbles, teething powder, nail clippers etc
  11. Have to series and movies at the ready to watch even if ur sleeping loads right now. If u haven’t got much physical support this will make u feel as though ur getting a little break from ur little one.
  12. Visit our Face Book page and check out our essential information post which has a series info graphics to help u navigate these first few years