Surviving Summer with a Toddler: Tips for Keeping Cool and Having Fun

Surviving Summer with a Toddler: Tips for Keeping Cool and Having Fun

Summer is a season filled with sunshine, outdoor adventures, and endless possibilities. But for parents of toddlers, it can also bring challenges like sweltering heat, restless little ones, and the need for constant supervision.

With some smart planning and a few handy tips, you can navigate the summer months with your toddler, keeping them cool, entertained, and happy.

  1. Embrace Water Play: One of the best ways to beat the summer heat is through water play. Invest in a small water table or set up a sprinkler in your backyard. Toddlers adore splashing and exploring water, and it provides a refreshing way to keep them cool. Just ensure that you supervise them at all times and use age-appropriate water toys to enhance their experience.

  2. Plan A Play Date At Ash & Elm: Summer can be fun but with everyone doing different activities, it's easy to lose touch with friends. Schedule a play date at Ash & Elm and catch up with a friends, make some new friends, soak up some air conditioning while your kids play and burn off some of that energy. 

  3. Dress Strategically: Choosing the right clothing for your toddler during summer is crucial. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton that allow air circulation. Dress them in loose-fitting clothes and cover their heads with a sunhat to protect them from harmful UV rays. Don't forget to apply sunscreen with a high SPF to safeguard their delicate skin.

  4. Morning and Evening Adventures: Plan your outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day, such as early mornings or evenings. Take your toddler for a walk in the park, explore nature trails, or visit a nearby playground. These outdoor adventures will provide sensory stimulation while avoiding excessive heat.

  5. Frozen Treats: Treat your toddler to homemade frozen delights like fruit popsicles or yogurt bites. Not only are they delicious, but they also help to cool down your little one. Get creative by incorporating healthy ingredients like pureed fruits or veggies, ensuring a nutritious and refreshing snack.

  6. Stay Hydrated: Keep your toddler hydrated throughout the day, especially in hot weather. Offer plenty of water.  Additionally, you can freeze small water bottles or sippy cups, allowing the ice to gradually melt and provide a continuous source of cold water.

  7. Seek Shade: When venturing outside, find shaded areas where your toddler can play comfortably without direct exposure to the sun. Look for parks with ample tree cover or set up a portable canopy or umbrella to create a shaded spot in your own backyard. Providing shade will help prevent overheating and sunburn.

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