We are all ready for some fun in the sun, but are we prepared? If it is your first summer with a baby, get ready for the learning curve. Not to mention we are a bit over protective this first time around. So, relax. But do your research.
The Sun After being stuck inside we are ready to feel those warm summer rays on our skin. Our babies are not ready for the scorching of their delicate skin. First thing is to keep in the shade as much as possible. I know us adults love laying and playing in the sun, but our number one priority is keeping the little ones protected. I actually bought a small umbrella to keep in the diaper bag. We went out on the boat a few times and there is no shade to be found. The umbrella was very useful to hold over him or prop up against something to keep him shaded. Super cheap and always useful in the rain also. Sunscreen, jeez where to start on this one. For the really little ones you can’t use it until a certain age (check your labels and with your doctor). My little guy is over a year old now and I bought Alba spray on (not aerosol) sunscreen. The California Baby company makes a very nice sunscreen that you can purchase at Target or online, but I fond it a bit pricey. Most sunscreens have a ton of yucky chemicals in them so be very careful.
The Pesky Bugs I hate these guys. So annoying. Little babies must be extra tasty compared to us adults. I would see my son being mauled by mosquitoes and may flies when they weren’t even near me. So even if you aren’t bothered by bugs, your little one may be. California Baby makes a wonderful bug spray also. I think it was actually harder to find a safe bug spray than find a safe sunscreen. It makes me crazy watching parents spray their kids down with OFF spray. Please don’t grab any old spray and douse your kids or even yourself with all those unnecessary chemicals.
Safety Alright, I’m talking common sense here. Don’t leave your kids in a hot car. Watch your kids around water and pools. Kids can drown in only a few inches of water. Don’t let your kids play with or approach unknown dogs. After working with dogs for over ten years and having three of my own, don’t always trust the pet owner saying “My dog is friendly.” Seems to me, every time a owner said that, the dog was not fine, it turned out to be quite nasty. I’m sure there are plenty more. Something that I didn’t know about until recently was “dry drowning”. Where a kid gets water in their lungs and seems fine, but has complications later. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20140602/dry-drowning-faq I was so glad someone had posted this on Facebook and that I read it.
Enjoy your summer and stay safe!