Planning a short road trip to visit a relative or visit the beach with your little ones this Summer?
Here are 5 points to note:
1. Keep Your Child Hydrated
Fluid, Fluid, Fluid! Keeping your child hydrated is key, especially during Summer. Remember to bring along more than one bottle of water with you, you never know when it will come in handy. Water helps to keep your children's body temperature in check and it also replenishes the water loss from our hyperactive little ones. For road trips with toddlers, an instant on the go warmer may be something you want to bring to serve their milk warm during road trips when nightfall. Bringing along a little more fluid will have more benefit than harm when you travel with your little ones.
2. Staying in the shades
Shades can come simply mean picking a spot under the trees and putting on a hat to avoid being under direct sunlight. As tempting as it may be for adults to get some sunshine, the prolonged heat from the Sun can take a toll on the little ones. As a general rule of thumb, we should try to limit outdoor activity between 10 am to 4 pm as far as practicable possible according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
3. Wearables Protection
Protect your little ones by dressing them in breathable, comfortable, and light clothing. Avoid overdressing your child, a single piece of clothing will be sufficient. For older children, the application of sunscreens of at least SPF 30 is highly recommended, to protect our little ones' eyes eyewear with UV 400 protection is advised.
4. Take more frequent Breaks
The Summer heat can take a toll on your little ones, so do take a break every 10-15 minutes to hydrate your little ones. Also take this opportunity to observe your child for any heat-related symptoms like fainting, heavy sweating, confusion. Do pay attention to these signs and seek medical attention if necessary.
5. Allow for Cooling / Ventilation
If you have excess storage in your backpack, do consider bringing along external cooling/ventilation such as battery-operated fans, or these solar-powered fans are lightweight and can be an easy attached to your little one hat or stroller. The key is to remove heat from our little ones.
If you are visiting a place that is stroller friendly, get an easily attached organizer to have quick access to your items. If your place of outing is not accessible by stroller, invest in a good maternity bag that will help you strategically store your items for easy access. All these small investments will reap good returns when traveling with young children, as it saves a whole lot of time searching for your items like wet wipes, diapers, and bottles.
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