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August 20, 2015

Keeping Baby Cool in the Hot Weather

Endless days of sunshine is something we take for granted in Spain. Whilst the UK has to settle with summer thunderstorms, here in Spain it’s a cause for a social media storm if so much as a couple rain drops fall in the months of July or August. Shock horror! You’ll even see a few photos perhaps on Facebook of a slightly damp terrace tile perhaps!

So as the sun beats down it can often be a constant battle between enjoying some sunbathing and ensuring at the same time that your baby’s newborn skin doesn’t see so much of the same powerful sun. Keeping baby cool in the sometimes excessive heat is something to be very aware of in Spain as even a short time out in the sun can be dangerous for baby. During the height of summer it

How to keep baby cool

Paddling Pool

Always a winner for both Mummy and baby! Many paddling pools for babies and toddlers have integrated sun shades so make the most of the foot paddling opportunity for yourself too and start pumping up that pool.

Opt for light and loose clothing

If baby is to wear any clothes at all, opt for lighter colours that reflect heat back out better and ensure they are loose fitting and give baby space to move and breathe. Natural fibers like cotton are also more breathable fabrics. Remember that a thin layer of clothing will also help protect in the sun and will be better than exposing your baby to direct sunlight by being naked.

Keep Baby hydrated

Just as you enjoy frequent cold drinks in the summer, baby will enjoy them too. Whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding, ensure baby is kept hydrated and offer milk more often than you would do in the colder weather to keep him topped up.

Avoid the most powerful sun

Staying out of direct sunlight during the most powerful sun hours of the day, 11am – 3pm. Sounds like a great excuse for a siesta!

Keep Baby in the shade whilst out and about

There is a massive range of sun shades these days that are often universal and can be used on a car seat as well as a buggy or pushchair. We often make use of our SnoozeShade in addition to a sun shade on the pram when we’re out on the paseo. Remember, you can put your sunglasses on and look away from the sun, baby won’t be able to do that so protect his skin and eyes by keeping it cool and dark. Bear in mind also that babies with lighter colour eyes will be even more sensitive to the brightness of the sun.

Keep it cool in the car seat

If your car seat makes baby’s head a little sweaty you may want to think about using a muslin or light cloth behind their head to help keep them cooler. You may have a thicker denim covering on your car seat and opting for a summer friendly cover may help baby travel better by keeping her cooler. This goes for the pram too.

Keep air circulating

Keep that air flowing with a fan but keep baby out of the direct flow of air.

Use an age appropriate sun screen

Babies under the age of 6 months should be kept out of the sun altogether and one they are old enough, opt for a sensitive an age-appropriate sun screen whenever you’re out and about.

Keep the bedroom cool

Keep the room that baby sleeps in cool by ensuring curtain are closed or shutters are down during the day. This will help avoid the room heating up during the day and attempt to keep it cool for nighttime.


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March 17, 2014

Keeping Kids Safe At Bathtime

Bath time very quickly becomes a regular part of your daily routine with young children. However as children get older it can be easy to leave the children unattended while you set about getting dinner ready, or start catching up on your bookwork. However it is important to remember that while your children may have become accustomed to baths and bath time, there are still some serious risks in leaving children unattended.

Bathrooms can play host to a whole range of different dangers, and sometimes the bathwater can be the least of your problems. Children under 6 years of age should never be left in the bathroom unattended, but children aged 8 or 9 can still get into dangerous situations when left unattended. Follow these top tips to make sure that your bathroom is a safe and clean environment for children.

Locks

Bathroom cabinets can contain a vast array of different creams, lotions, oils and scented soaps, all of which are probably harmful if ingested, or applied to sensitive areas of the skin. Lock up all your cabinet medicines in overhead cabinets, and keep the bathroom cleaning solutions away from low hanging cupboards, keeping it out of sight where possible.

Slips, Falls and Burns

Use non slip matts for both the floor of the bath and the floor of the bathroom, to prevent falls and slips. Bathrooms are full of awkward edges which can cause a nasty bump or bruise, so non slip mats are essential. Rubber mats are an efficient non-slip mat, as they can be easily wiped down and cleaned after each use.

Try to discourage splashing in the bath tub, unless it is gentle or towards an adjacent wall, as spills and puddles can be a slip hazard for when children get out of the tub.

Check the taps after running a bath to ensure that the metal is not too hot, as a child could lean on the taps and be burned by the hot metal. Likewise check to make sure that the water run in the bath is not too hot by using the inside of your wrist or the inside of your elbow, as the skin there is more sensitive to the heat.

Sibling Safety

It may be tempting to leave younger children in the care of their older siblings while you get on with other chores in the house, but this is unfair as it puts needless responsibility on the older sibling, plus they may not be able to deal with a sudden emergency as quickly or effectively as an adult can. There should always be an adult supervising the bathroom during bath time.

Never leave young children unattended in the bathroom, or if you absolutely have to leave them, make sure to keep the door open so that you can easily hear any accidents, and try to return to supervising them as soon as possible, or have your partner sit with them for a few minutes while you do what you need to. Stay vigilant and you can greatly reduce the number of accidents occurring at bath time!

Author: Kate Varners is a design interior enthusiast and loves the thrill of a new project. With a discerning eye and a passion for the smallest of details, Kate also enjoys writing about bathroom projects and topics for TBBC Bathrooms.


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August 23, 2013

Things to do with the family on the Costa Brava

Holidays in Spain

If you’re planning a getaway during the endless summer holidays with your family, look no further than the Costa Brava. There’s something to keep everyone occupied, from the massive range of outdoor activities for little daredevils and a fascinating array of museums to grab the interest of everyone from grandparents to toddlers.

Outdoor fun

It gets to that point in every holiday where the kids are tired of traipsing round in the heat or waiting in long queues and they want to let off some steam. Thankfully, in the Costa Brava there are lots of activities to choose from. Waterbabies might like to try snorkelling or sea kayaking, or teenagers might want to try something more extreme in the form of jetskiing or parasailing. If you prefer land-based activities, why not try horse riding in some of the region’s fantastic mountain resorts, or go hiking through the Catalonia countryside?

Food for thought

Lots of children can be quite fussy about their food, so might not appreciate the beautiful fresh fish and seafood dishes in the same way that you do. Fortunately, the Costa Brava is brimming with food options, with restaurants serving up cuisine from all around the world available. If you want to keep costs down, be sure to pick up some traditional Spanish sandwiches with Iberian ham, or get your family a selection of tapas dishes to make sure there’s something that everyone will eat.

Animal magic

Children love animals. That’s a fact. If they’re tired of snorkelling, though, or have lost interest in the lizards they’ll spot in the street, why not take them off to a zoo? The zoos in the area are great fun, with play areas and family-friendly feeding times, and the children will love being introduced to all the animals from around the world. Most of the zoos in the region can be easily reached by car, meaning no tired children on hot, crowded public transport.

Museums and art

Children and museums don’t always go hand in hand. Most of us can probably think of times in the past where our quiet afternoon in a gallery has been ruined by whining children. However, the Costa Brava, fortunately, has some great museums which should grab the kids’ interest without being too child-orientated. Highlights include the Dali museum – the summer home of the famous artist or the Portlligat House-Museum in a small village near to Cadaques where Dali built a house.

Summer holidays can often strike fear into the hearts of parents around the world, but if you choose the right destination and a family friendly Spain holiday rental, your trip should be a breeze with as few tantrums as possible.


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