Before I had children I absolutely loved the heat. When we lived in Vancouver I would spend my days going for a run in the rainforest and end at the beach where I would cool off in the ocean. After, my husband and I would enjoy hours reading a book, playing frisbee or just hanging out until we ended the day watching the sunset. But, my love for the heat changed when we had children. Keeping children safe in extreme heat just is not easy. Its hard not to worry about them and having too much sun exposure or heat stroke.
Sun exposure is not the only problem. Other issues like convincing your child to drink enough water to stay hydrated can be a battle, especially if the water becomes too hot in the sun. Summer is supposed to be fun and it is one of the best times to enjoy as a family. Learn how our family has beat extreme heat weather.
Keeping Children Safe in Extreme Heat
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Protect the Face and Neck with Sunday Afternoon Hats
Finding a hat that is well designed, stays on and covers the face and neck is not always easy. I was first introduced to the Play Hat by Sunday Afternoons when some friends of ours came to visit. Their kids were wearing these super cute adventure hats that just seemed to offer the best coverage. I had to get my hands on some to try for my kids. From the drawstring under the neck to keep it from slipping, to the extra length at the back, the U/V protection Play hat by Sunday Afternoon is hands down the best hat for adventuring kids that I have seen to date. Learn more about the Play hat from Sunday Afternoons here.
Cover Up with Little Leaves Clothing
Our family likes to avoid putting on suncreen as much as possible. We try to cover up with U/V protected clothing especially when I know we will be in direct sunshine for the majority of the day. Little Leaves clothing offers some great pieces for little ones to enjoy playing in the sun without lathering up in sunscreen. Learn more about Little Leaves Clothing here.
Eye Protection from Babiators
Protecting the eyes from the sun is so important. The sunglasses from Babiators come in all different shapes, offer U/V protection and are made of rubber to prevent them breaking. Some of their pairs are even polarized! Buy the Babiators Polarized Sunglasses here.
Practice Sun Avoidance
Practice sun avoidance! That means convering up, staying in the shade or creating a shady space with a U/V protected tent. While traveling to extreme hot climates or if the weather is extremely hot, try to stay inside during peak sun times which are typically 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. For the whole family check out the Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Cabana Beach Tent Sun Shelter here. If you want something smaller for your little ones to eat their snacks, have a nap or even used for breastfeeding then check out the Schylling Infant UV Play Shade here.
Natural Cover Up with Les Produits de Maya
Occasionally it is absolutely necessary to wear sunscreen. When we do wear sunscreen we try to use something natural with little chemicals in them and with an SPF of 25-30. Les Produits de Maya has an all natural sunscreen with coconut oil and zinc. On warm days the sunscreen easily absorbs into the skin. On colder days, it does help to warm up the sunscreen in the hand before applying or it comes on white. Learn more about Les Produits de Maya’s protective cream here.
Keep Drinks Cold with Hydro Flask
Kids do not want to drink warm water especially when its hot and that can lead to dehydrated little ones. That is why it is so important to have a waterbottle for the kids that can keep their drinks cold while playing in the heat. The Hydro Flask water bottle for kids is perfect for the little ones and the fun colours will encourage them to keep on drinking! The added rubber piece on the bottom is perfect for keeping the bottle from denting if it is dropped. Learn more abut the Hydroflask Kid’s waterbottle here.
Get out and enjoy the summer heat!
Read about some more tips in the post “Surviving extreme heat with a baby and toddler!”
What are your top tips for surviving the heat!