I know it doesn’t happen often and perhaps planning for a hot day in the UK is wishful thinking, but being prepared for such a miracle is crucial as the heat can quickly turn happy toddlers grumpy and even become dangerous. So here are the essentials I keep in my handbag on a hot day so we can enjoy a family day out in the sun to the full.
Water, Water, Water
Hydration is absolutely crucial on a hot day. Avoid buying expensive bottled water while you are out and always have your own cooled water on tap by keeping flasks in your handbag. Try out these Thermos childproof insulated flasks with a hygienic spill-proof straw which are great for keeping water cool all day. Plus they have screw top lid so you can add a few slices of your little one’s favourite fruit or ice to make a cool refreshing treat and encourage them to keep sipping throughout the day.
KeriKit changing bags will be available with thermal lined bottle holders for SS17, and with designated pockets of anything a mum on the go may need it really is the ideal bag for summer. Have a look at the range here.
SPF factors are important, but it only tells you how much longer you can stay in the sun without getting burnt and not actually how effective the product actually is. What really determines the effectiveness of a sun screen is the UVA star rating system which is usually on the back of the bottle. Look for a five star sun screen with about 30-50 SPF for the best protection. The more you know…
Cool Clothes – in every sense
Shorts and T-shirts seem to go hand in hand with a sunny day, but skin that is uncovered will actually overheat far more quickly than skin that is covered in light-coloured, thin cotton fabric. I absolutely love Millymog which sells designer clothing for cool kids, including this gorgeous Marmalade and Mash linen shirt.
Snacks are also really important on a hot day, as all that running around and sweating can result in an electrolyte imbalance. I always keep some salty but nutritious snacks in my handbag to replenish their electrolytes and tempt them into the shade for a five minute sit down, although that is easier said than done! Have a look at my previous blog on homemade snacks for some healthy, heat and handbag-friendly ideas.
Cooling Gel Sheets
Migraine patches are a great little trick to keep in our artillery on a hot day. They instantly reduce skin temperature when applied and feel absolutely glorious on the back of your neck when the mercury starts rising. Perfect for a hot and bothered toddler.
If going out and about sounds like for too much effort then have no fear, you have no idea how much fun kids can have with a garden sprinkler and a home-made slip’n’slide. And if you feel like a big sweaty mess yourself then get involved; it actually is as fun as they make it look.