Is there anything worse than a hot and bothered toddler? Apart from one that’s teething and not sleeping well too, obviously.. Well as the temperatures hit almost 40° in the UK today, I’m sharing some of my tips on keeping your little one chilled while out in the garden.. Or even tucked up indoors.
🍦 Cool snacks – it’s worth having some of these tucked away in the freezer for any time of the year, but ice pops are a huge help in keeping BB cool this year. I’ve actually cheated him a little this year and frozen some yoghurts too, so that I feel a little better about sugar consumption. You can make your own iced goodies too, using ice moulds and lolly sticks. I’ve even resorted to sticking spoons in the lids of little yoghurts to improvise yoghurt ice lollies too!
🥤 Stay hydrated with secret ice cubes – I pop ice cubes into BB’s water or juice and it works a treat. It’s such a simple fix but guarantees that your little one keeps his or her intake of water up!
💦 Lots and lots of water play – BB adores water. In fact, if he finds the chance to jump in anything slightly wet he will. Puddles, compost heaps, sprinklers.. This weather gives me the opportunity to bust out the pool and sand combination that Nanna Button purchased for him, and let him go wild. If your little one gets sandy and uncomfortable, sprinkle them in talcum powder and the sand will magically drop off – I never go to the beach or any sand pit without ours!
👒 Clothing is optional – in the garden, I often let BB shed his layers and coat him in sun cream. A nappy to cover his modesty and he can do what he likes! Dirt washes off, and as long as you keep up with suncream applications you don’t have anything to worry about. I do try keep a hat on him, but he’s like Houdini when it comes to headgear and will ditch it no matter what I try. Often I just suncream his head too!
🏡 It’s okay not to go outside – This was a point the gorgeous Mum in Makeup brought up yesterday. Just because it’s nice weather, doesn’t mean you have to be outside. I feel quite like a fraud as I had shared pictures on my Instagram stories about being outside, but the truth is we were only outside for an hour and that was before 11am. Often the safest place for a toddler to be is indoors where it’s cool, and it’s okay to stay in and watch a movie – even nurseries have children indoors between 11am and 3pm, the hottest parts of the day.
The best thing to do through the day in a heatwave, is what you think is best. If you don’t think you or your toddler can manage a picnic in the park with a game of football after, don’t. Get all the fans into the front room and relax with iced drinks. It’s all about comfort during this weather, and not doing too much in the heat.