So the summer is finally upon us and in typical British weather fashion it has gone from one extreme to another. We have just seen the wettest June and now we are in over 30 degree heat which is most definitely a shock to the system!
I have hunted the internet to help provide you with the best top tips in keeping ourselves cool during this heat wave.
- Keep windows open during the day for a draft, but the curtains pulled across to keep the beating sun out.
- Open the loft/attic hatch to give more ventilation
- Dress yourself and your child so they are protected from the sun but will not over heat when out in the day. Hats, sun cream, loose clothing are all essential.
- If you do not have shade in your garden get a bit handy and make one. Umbrellas, sheets, tents etc, whatever you have at hand to string up and use to create a cool area over a play mat.
- Make your own ice lollies at home using juice, fruit, squash and so on….
- Do the obvious and get the paddling pool out as well as water pistols and hose.
- Run your wrists under cold water every few hours. The main vein is here and the water helps to cool your blood.
- Buy some of the cooling packs used for headaches and migraines. Just apply them to your forehead when you are too hot.
- Hose down patios if they become too hot to stand on- this is even more important if you own a dog. Burnt pads are extremely painful and will need veterinary treatment.
- Take regular breaks from sitting in the garden. Persuade your kiddies to come in and watch a bit of telly to cool down and stop for a while. Children don’t seem to notice when they are over heating and will continue to run around regardless.
- Try and keep out of the sun at the hottest times, usually early afternoon 12-3pm.
- Check the car seat with your hand before placing your child in it. Cars become insanely hot during the summer and some parent’s have reported burns on their children from the seat’s becoming far too hot (also do this at play grounds).
- If you go out for the day head for somewhere like the beach to get a nice breeze and cool down in the water.
- Check room temperatures with a thermometer. Very small babies are at a higher risk of cot death if they over heat. Most babies will not wake to warn you that they are too warm.
- Carry a water spritz in your bag to use whilst you’re out.
- If you are pregnant the heat can play havoc with swelling. Keep your feet elevated and sit in a cool room.
- I remember feeling incredibly sick during hot periods when I was pregnant. I had to stay indoors with the curtains closed and lay down. Plenty of water and fruit helped me through these times, strawberries especially.
- Cool down before bed with a cool shower or bath.
- Dress in loose clothing for bed. If the temperature is going to drop quite a bit at night you don’t want a cold child, so be careful about just picking a nappy. You need to gauge what to do for the best and check the weather reports for temperature forecasts.
- Change bedrooms during the hot period. Maybe another room is much cooler?
- Stick to cotton sheets on the beds.
- Put your sheets in freezer bags and pop them in the fridge for the day. Come bedtime you will have a nice cold bed to lay on.
- Use fans where appropriate- these may keep some children awake so you need to bear this in mind.
- Provide plenty of water throughout the day and keep a bottle close for your child at night.
- You may have to keep children up a little later just to allow the temperature to drop enough for the to happily go to bed. A few days out of routine won’t hurt. It’s best they don’t tantrum and become even hotter!
- Keep damp, cool flannels to hand. Maybe place them in the fridge during the day then take them up to bed with you.
- If the bed is far too hot you may just want to set up camp on the floor. Heat rises so the higher up you are the hotter you are going to get… bunk beds are prob not the best place to be during a heat wave!
- Hydration is key and even though that ice-cold beer may be calling out to you it is only going to dehydrate you during the night. Water is the way forward!
Hope this helps
Happy summer all!!