The best sun protection for babies and toddlers

The general advice is to keep pre-6-monthers out of the sun. But of course that’s not always possible so a good sun cream is a must, even in the British Summer (although the NHS recommends children wear sunscreen from March thru October, which might be a little optimistic!)

Even for bigger ones, a gentle, mineral based option is preferable; here are our protection picks for holiday packing (or backyard paddling-pooling)
Clarins Sun Care Milk for Children 100% Mineral Screen UVA/UVB 50+, 150 ml

Clarins Sun Care Milk for Children is 100% mineral and active ingredients include aloe vera, kiwi and olive. It comes in a spray dispenser, so easy to apply – although it is quite thick consistency – and the waterproof formula is factor 50.

Banana Boat Mini Kids Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50, 60ml

Ultra water resistant and sand repellent, this one is fab for junior surfers and little beach bunnies. A cheaper option than some, but the UVA/B protection is highly photostable (ie it won’t break down in the sun).

 

Badger Balm SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen
Badger’s SPF30 Baby Sunscreen Cream contains non-nano Zinc Oxide, plus organic Sunflower Oil, Beeswax & Vitamin E – making it a great choice for sensitive skins (plus there’s a cute badger on the tube!)

 

Green People Organic Children Sun Lotion SPF 25 ‘no scent’ (150ml)
Green People support the Marine Conservation Society, so each purchase helps to protect the oceans, as well as delicate skin. Scent free (if you find some of them a bit potent) and a good option if your child suffers from prickly heat too.

 

 

Childs Farm Sunny day SPF50+ Suncream
Dermatologist approved for sensitive and eczema prone skin, this one is suitable for over 6 month old babies. It’s a non-sting formula (handy if your kids are in and out of the pool with goggles on) which moisturises whilst it protects.

 

Need a fab sun hat that also shields from the rays? Try Little Hotdog Watson’s Children’s Bucket Sunhat with UV Protection

Stay Sun Safe.

Talking to kids about terror…

image: CBS

The NSPCC has now published advice to help parents talk to their children about terrorism.

1. Listen carefully to a child’s fears and worries

It’s crucial to make sure their concerns are heard and not dismissed – once you know what they’re worried about, you can understand.

Acknowledge their fears instead of making them feel silly for being afraid.

2. Offer reassurance and comfort 

The NSPCC advises avoiding complicated and worrying explanations that could leave children more frightened and confused – instead, reassure and comfort them.

It’s important to remind children that they’re safe and surrounded by security.

3. Help them find advice and support 

Children can find it easier to understand distressing events and feelings by talking to services such as Childline, which is free, confidential and available 24/7.

Siobhan Freegard, founder of Channel Mum agrees it is important to approach the topic in an age appropriate manner.

“Talking to your children about terrorism is a horrible job, but a necessary one in the modern world and how you tackle it depends very much on their age,” 

“Very small kids really don’t need an in-depth explanation as they won’t be able to fully understand and it will only frighten them further. If you really need to say something, explain some people have ‘been very naughty and will get told off for it.’

Scamp and Dude dino sleep buddy

A quick ’round up of additional tips from some of our contributors:

‘Don’t make this a topic pre-bedtime, unless you want nightmares…’

‘Younger kids can understand the concept of good guys and bad guys, which might be useful here…’

‘Encourage them to make a gesture if they want to; from writing a poem or drawing a picture to lighting a candle…’

Need an extra cuddle at night? Check out Scamp and Dude’s Sleep Buddies, with a pocket for a picture of a loved one. For every Superhero Sleep Buddy sold another is donated to a vulnerable child via our chosen charities Don’t Forget the Kids, Grief Encounter and the leading London children’s hospital.

Snack Time: Nairn’s Astro Bites

Nairn’s (the makers of those lovely oatcakes you keep in the cupboard telling yourself you’ll eat for pre-gym energy but end up loading up with cheese for a late night snack when you’ve forgotten to eat all day…) have a range of fun mini bites for kids in the shape of space stuff.

We tested the Berry flavour (they also come in choc chip and cheese) on some hungry after-schoolers.

Foodista’s caramel cream cheese

“Nairn’s Astrobites are gluten free and have barely any sugar when compared to other kids’ snacks, but none of that will be in any way on your child’s radar because – essentially – they look like space ships. The Berry variety isn’t too sweet – one tip is to put them out with a round bowl of hummus or a cream cheese dip and let the kids pretend they are ‘landing on the moon’…”

Available from most supermarkets incl Ocado. For more info and stockists click here. 

The iconic Splash About Happy Nappy gets a redesign

Splash About has redesigned its multi-award winning Happy Nappy, after two years in development it introduces the most reliable, reusable baby swim nappy on the market today; the new improved Happy Nappy. Fully tested and approved by UK swim schools it offers maximum protection against faecal leaks due to its new ergonomic design.

The science bit…

Technically constructed from malleable neoprene, the new improved Happy Nappy has unique moulded back panels that cup baby’s bottom, secured with an innovative fitted gusset that’s designed to be flexible but holds any faecal matter safely inside the nappy.

Specialist-pressured fabric creates the extended high ribbing at the waist and legs. This increased elasticity creates a secure but comfortable seal to prevent gaping in traditional areas such as the base of the spine, waist and legs.

This new form fitting shape crucially moves as the baby moves, but uniquely there’s no gaping, regardless of how hard baby kicks and moves in the water.

Made from premium neoprene the new improved Happy Nappy is reusable and offers UPF50+ sun protection in and out of the water – perfect for pools at home or abroad.

Available now from www.splashabout.com in a range of new designs RRP £10.99

Get the first Bugaboo Bee5 Limited Edition – the Bee5 Tone – exclusively at Harrods this May

Designed specifically for parents who live life on the fly, the gorgeous Bugaboo Bee5 Tone is the first limited edition of the new design.

The Bee5 is Bugaboo’s urban pushchair – built for mobility and created to an iconic design spec.

We love the understated elegance of the Tone, especially the lavender blue inner lining.

  • Bugboo Bee5 in seat mode priced at £699
  • Bugaboo Bee5 with carrycot priced at £808.95

Harrods will stock this buggy until the end of May, when it will be available through other selected retailers.

The Bugaboo Bee5 Tone is also available to buy from Bugaboo.com

Read our review of the Bee5 in the latest issue of the magazine.

One of the loveliest changing bags we have ever reviewed…

Editor writes: I get asked all the time to recommend changing bags. Whilst everyone’s needs and style are different, there are some bags that really do set the bar high. And right now, I think that Born in Britain’s Charlton Hobo bag in Berry Red is nothing less that celestial.

A while back we ran a feature debating (as this is a frequent conversation we have) whether one actually needs a changing bag (read it here). Whether actually a classic leather handbag could just hold baby items anyway (Kate Moss, of course, set the trend for this…) 

Born in Britain’s Charlton bag is one of two styles they offer (the Wyn tote is slightly larger) and they both come in a choice of chic colourways. The Berry Charlton is the shade of red that makes one think of vintage phoneboxes or Routemaster buses. It is the shade that matches MAC’s Lady Bug red lipstick. It’s that sort of red that pulls together an outfit in a classic feminine way (think Amelie, or Natalie Portman for Chanel).

Whilst there is a cross-body strap, it is just as easy to carry this bag on your shoulder, even whilst pushing a buggy and coaxing a toddler on a scooter. The rear change compartment pocket unzips to reveal a changing mat in glorious duck egg blue which is luxuriously padded, rather like the trim of a classic car. There is ample room for a couple of nappies, wipes, bottles, teethers etc (if you are the sort of person who likes to carry LOTS of stock, then size up to the Wyn tote) and the main compartment can easily hold an ipad, notepad, make up bag – even a bottle of prosecco (cos, c’mon – sometimes we need one in our changing bag, right?)

Really clever touches include the super deep elasticated pockets, so your handcream won’t explode inside (you could also fit a pair of roll-up ballet flats in here) and the front pocket which is great for holding your phone/keys/sunglasses – the popper keeps the section secure enough to stop theft but means you can grab your essentials without needing a huge rummage.

In short. this is the changing bag a Bond girl would carry, should she find herself with child.

Find out more and shop online at Born in Britain. 

The Charlton Hobo comes in Berry, Tan or Midnight Black, RRP £195

The Super Geek Heroes… having fun in turn with a mission to learn.

The SUPER GEEK HEROES are a unique group of super-kids… having fun in turn with a mission to learn! Their seven friendly ‘super-powers’ are derived from the three prime and four specific development areas of the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Understanding the World, Communication & Language, Literacy, Numeracy, Physical Development, and Creative Arts & Design are uncovered with the help of Jake Jotter, Millie Maths, Ronnie Rock, Vicky Voice, Suzi Smiles, Peter Planet and Ant Active.

We tested a few episodes out at Breakfast Club…

“I really like Peter Planet’s cool outfit and the Rainbow song (Ayda, aged 5)

“Millie Maths telling the time was good fun – we counted to twelve” (Jayden, aged 5)

More info for parents here.

Watch the episodes and subscribe to the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/supergeekheroes

Snack Time…Googly Fruit

This month we’ve been loving the quirky (slightly geeky) googly eyed pouches from Googly Fruit.

With at least one of your five-a-day squished into on-the-go snack pouches, the fruit and veg are all organic and the taste combinations are a bit more unusual than many of their similar looking competitors (using veg like purple carrot, pumpkin and sweet potato, for example) – but totally delicious (even to the most faddy toddler).

Either suck ’em, serve on spoons (we love the Doddle Spoons, for out and about convenience), squirt into yoghurt or spread the fruity compote onto toast…

Word of warning: the blueberry flavour is especially purple! Best consumed naked to avoid staining 😉

Available from Ocado.

SM tests… OrganAx Superfood Daily Boost

Made from Barley Grass, Spirulina & Wheat Grass and other key ingredients to boost everyday energy, this supplement is part of a range from OrganAx that can be taken daily.

We tested…

Editor writes: “Daily Boost promises to improve one’s energy levels (yep, after six months of doing night feeds I definitely need that), balance blood sugar (ie less irrational shouting at my big kids when they’ve polished off my stash of chocolate buttons) and increase libido (which I think I misplaced in the drawer with the huge maternity pants…) 

It comes as a big jar of greenish looking powder, which you mix with either a) a smoothie (delicious) or b) non-dairy milk (an acquired taste).

I also found that you can add it to soup, porridge or an Elly Pear style ‘rainbow pot’ (ie leftovers) and barely notice the addition, but DO NOT try and down a spoonful chased down with water as it’s like swallowing frogspawn (I imagine). My husband chucked some into pancake mix, but I’m not going to applaud this as he smothered said pancakes in maple syrup afterwards. 

There are so many fruits, veggies and good things in this that you’ll feel smug just reading the label. Definitely more than any person with children (as opposed to those svelte, Fabletics-clad twenty-somethings you see power walking, clutching their Nutribullet cup) would consume in a day. 

Notable inclusions are baobab (which is currently meant to be the cure for everything) and guarana (which used to be on sale as an ‘energy boost’ at the sort of festivals I went to in the ’90s). 

I definitely feel ‘good’ after two weeks of a scoop per day. I’m not sure about any weightloss and I haven’t turned into a Playboy Bunny overnight, but I do feel a bit more like Super Mum. Which is guess is down to all the superfoods, right..?”

OrganAx Green Superfood Daily Boost costs £29.99 for a month’s supply. It is not recommended to be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Order online here. 

Pre-order your Pearl Lowe x Selfish Mother kids’ capes from The FMLY store and support Tommy’s

Some collabs are just made in heaven (or in this case, in Somerset – possibly over some of the free flowing prosecco in the Bruton FMLY store…)

All the stylists we use here at Slick Mummy have been going crazy for Pearl Lowe’s Petite range – with its distinctive circus prints and sequins – and there’s always an editorial meeting here when at least two of us turn up in the same Selfish Mother sweatshirt (they are just soooo comfy!)

So we were thrilled when one of our fave PR’s told us that Pearl and Mollie Gunn were collaborating on a range of kids’ capes, sold through The FMLY store with £10 from the sale of each going to support the wonderful Tommy’s charity (which does so much more than just help those affected by miscarriage and premature births).

As these capes are just £60 (vs the £275 price tag of the Petite Pearl Lowe capes) we expect they will ‘fly’ off the shelves – so pre order now to avoid a tearful would-be superhero situation…

They come in pink, blue, green and red (and we won’t just you if you order one for yourself too…).

Pre Order Cape, Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly…

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