Summer is arriving soon and when the kids and I need to cool off we LOVE spending time outside.
One of our most favourite ways to enjoy outdoor time is to hang out in our backyard. I set up a kiddie pool and a slide that sprays water and we can spend hours being outside. I also lay out a blanket for us to have a picnic and to look at the clouds in the sky. When the kids want a break from the pool, we go around the yard collecting all sorts of berries and flowers to eat. Really, our backyard is my most favourite place to be.
When we want a change of scenery, we visit one of my favourite local splash pads. This is my favourite because it has two playgrounds, a petting zoo as well as a rose garden! Isn’t it amazing? There is so much to do and such variety. We always have a great time when we go =)
When children are out in the sun and near water, safety is extra important. Here are some tips to enjoy local water parks as well as summer safety for kids I’ve learned that you might find helpful the next time you go out to the pool or splash pad.
Tip 1 – Pick A Good Splash Pad
Find a splash pad near you that has amenities for a family with children such as a clean washroom and changing area. Also, some have other amenities like a playground and a zoo so look for those in your town.
Tip 2 – Use Natural Sunscreen
Before we head out, I always put on natural sunscreen. They are thicker than conventional chemical sunscreens because they’re made of rocks that are very finely ground. Once you read this article, you’ll NEVER let chemical sunscreen touch your skin ever again.
Tip 3 – Wear Water Shoes
The kids wear water shoes at all times at the pool because of the germs that build up on the floor and in the restrooms. When we go to the water park or to an outdoor pool, water shoes protect their feet from the hot pavement and slippery floor.
Tip 4 – Pack Swim Diapers
If your kids are not potty trained be sure to pack swim diapers and not regular diapers. I packed Huggies Little Swimmers diapers for Jay, which are easy to change and don’t swell up in the water like regular diapers. It helps hold in floaties, which I’ve seen at pools.
Tip 5 – Bring Snacks
When we go out for some water fun, I always pack snacks for them because the exercise always makes them hungry! The pool’s snack bar usually doesn’t have many healthy food items, so I pack a lunch with several healthy and cooling snacks like cucumbers and watermelon for them to munch on.
Tip 6 – Freeze The Juice Or Water
If it’s really hot outside I will put juice packs or bottled water in the freezer for a few hours so they’re half frozen. When we go out, they stay nice and cold for a long time. These guys also act as ice packs in our insulated picnic basket so I don’t need to use real ones =) If you prefer to pack juice, use apple juice because it won’t stain clothing like other juices with colour.
Tip 7 – Drink Fluids With Electrolytes
When the kids are exercising and it’s hot outside, they can get dehydrated fast. I always have water on hand but if you’ve been outside for a while, the sun really drains the energy out of you. To replenish electrolytes naturally, I make my own healthy concoction of citrus juices, water, honey and salt. If you want something store bought, coconut water is a good choice.
Tip 8 – Check The Water Temperature
I always check the temperature of the water when it’s a cooler day before I let the kids get in the pool, as it’s easy for small children to get cold quickly. Be sure that the water is at a comfortable temperature especially when you have infants.
Tip 9 – Stay Close
I am with Jay and Elle every second that they are near water and I’m always within arm’s reach. You never want to leave your kids alone for any period of time when they are near water (I think this is a given).
Tip 10 – Take Breaks
With all the fun of being outside it’s easy to lose track of time, so we take breaks in the shade every hour or so to recharge with snacks and drinks. This is also a great time to reapply sunscreen.
Tell me, what are some of the things you’ve learned while being out in the sun and being around water?
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