Top Tips to Keep your Kids Cool in Summer…

How to keep your children cool and safe from the sun in the summer heat!

WHO ELSE IS JUST NOT HANDLING THIS HEAT?!

Thankfully, it seems the worst of it is over (for now) but the sunshine is going to continue throughout the week:

So I thought I would share some of the helpful techniques that have been keeping us cool over this weekend!

Paddling Pools

Is there actually anything better than a paddling pool in the middle of summer?

As you can see, we improvised with a DIY water slide too (and got involved ourselves to make sure we had a cool off!)

Stay Indoors

Not all day, that would be no fun! But between 11am and 2pm we tried to stay indoors as much as possible, with the fan going on full blast!

Between 11am and 2pm is when the sun is at its hottest, and there is very little shade outside to hide in. Staying indoors for a couple of hours can help to keep you cool and you can still enjoy the sunshine later in the afternoon when it’s a bit less intense!

Hydrate Yourself

Get yourself some reusable ice cubes and have them ready for a day like today! Big refrigerated water jugs are also a necessity.

Don’t forget to keep yourselves hydrated!

Apply Suncream Regularly

Choose a suncream with both a high SPF Factor AND a high UVA rating. Check out Superdrug’s quick guide if you need any help picking the right suncream for you!

A lot of the time, the supermarket own brands of suncream have higher UVA ratings so can protect you from the sun better than your big branded lotions!

#MumHack: Did you know that the SPF factor on suncream equates roughly to how long you can go before you need to re-apply it? So if you have Factor 50, re-apply every 50 minutes to an hour (or probably more regularly if you are in the pool as it’s going to wash off almost instantly!)

Get a Gazebo

You can pick these up almost anywhere now, and if you’re cursed blessed with a south-facing garden with very little shade, you may find one of these an absolute lifesaver!

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This one is available from Argos at a discounted price at the moment!

Close the Curtains

Closing your curtains helps keep it nice and cool indoors, as the sun isn’t beaming through the windows. It can be a bit depressing to have all of your curtains closed in the middle of the day, so we just stick to keeping our upstairs curtains closed to help it stay nice and cool when it’s bedtime!

That’s it!

Is there anything else you’ve tried to keep yourselves cool?

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Mummykind’s June Top 5!

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Top 5 Blog Posts

Sarah‘s post with tips on planning a Moana themed party is still top of this month’s roundup!

Up in second place is Maria‘s newest post all about how she is harvesting her colostrum at 35 weeks‘ pregnant, ready for baby number 2!

Our third best-performing post this month is Maria’s timeless tips on how to get your toddler through a cold – probably due to the high pollen count causing so much hayfever at the moment!

Next in fourth place is Amy‘s honest post about her fertility journey, a sequel to her post on having an ovary removed at 21 years old.

Last but not least, our fifth top post this month is a new one from Sarah about why she chose a common baby name for Olivia!

Top 5 Instagram Posts

Top 5 Things we did

  1. So, OBVIOUSLY, top of this list is our interview with the BBC! We are expecting to be live on TV this Wednesday (3 July) so keep your eye out on BBC South East for our lovely faces 🙂
  2. Sarah turned 24, and is very upset about it!
  3. Our facebook page reached 600 likes! If you haven’t yet liked our social media pages please check out the links on our contact us page and give us some love
  4. Maria’s little boy has been making really good progress with his swimming lessons! Well done little monkey, show that pool noodle how it’s done!
  5. Paige‘s little girl has mastered 35 words and signs in makaton, and she’s only 17 months old!

Top 5 Photos this month

Our new logo for our brand new feature which will be going live next Wednesday! Get in touch if you have any nominations
Behind the scenes pictures of 3 of the beautiful Mummykind girlies from our day filming with the BBC!
Florence and Imogen having a great time on the see-saw at our mummies meet up!
Charlie absolutely glowing at 28 weeks pregnant with baby number 2 (and somehow negotiating 2 swings at once?! She’s already a pro!)
Little Oliver in his summer outfit making the most of the sunshine and playtime!

Top 5 Other Blogposts we LOVED

  1. The Little Giggles – Beginners Guide to Cloth Diapering
  2. It’s a Tink Thing – Painting with Paw Patrol
  3. This is Where it is at – How to Enjoy the Sun Safely
  4. Kate on Thin Ice – Supporting a Child with Type 1 Diabetes
  5. AutisMum – An Introduction (this is a new blog which we are very excited to see content from in the future!)

What’s been happening for you this month? Let us know in the comments!