If navigating your path through motherhood has been increasingly befuddled as a result of the recent heatwave, our team have a few tips to share to prevent further meltdown:
“Let them eatlollies..” OK, it’s not an ideal choice for breakfast, but an extra way to top up fluids. Make your own super organic ones if you can be bothered – or order some from Lickalix (they make ones with booze for grown-ups too!)
“Wet the muslin” There has been huge controversy in the news about the good ole muzzy-over-the-buggy raising the temperature inside. Take a tip from mums in warmer climes and shade your bubba with a damp muslin.
“Keep them indoors” Make being a killjoy more fun with a fab creative playbook such as My Beautiful Room: Interior Design Workbook by Jasmine Orchard and Olivia Whitworth which has press-out furniture to create beautiful interior designs.
SM tester writes:“I’ve been shuffling about in this heat in horrible flip flops which I really should have consigned to the dustbin three holidays ago. My poor old feet have been saying *adopting a comedy foot talking voice here* ‘Seriously, we liked you better when you made us hit the dance floor in those super high heels at that wedding…’ Today I was working from home. I dunked my feet in the kids’ paddling pool every 45 mins. Yesterday I was at an afternoon event in the relentless heat and such decadence was not an option. But Footner’s cooling foam gave my feet an icy blast and the roller ball is good for giving them a mini massage on the go. So basically, like having a paddling pool in a can that you can keep in your changing bag…”
MMHA16 Winners Splashabout make all sorts of great baby and pregnancy swimswear, including Happy Nappies, sun protection suits, floatsuits and splash pals.
We tested their UV combie wetsuits.
Editor writes: Boys will be boys in the summer months, which for us tends to mean long stints in chilly outdoor pools at holiday villas, boogie boarding in the – again, not warm – Atlantic (or even North Sea) or pushing each other into the paddling pool (even on rainy days).
Splashabout’s UV combie wetsuits are a great option in that they are light enough to wear at the swimming pool, can be pulled on and off by a two year old, come in super cheerful designs(which can just go in the wash if need be) and – unlike some – the neoprene/nylon/lycra mix doesn’t irritate little ones’ skin. As the name suggests they also offer sun protection as well as a bit of extra warmth.
Essentially, these wetsuits are the difference between happy kids playing til they are totally knackered and over tired kids moaning about being cold…
The UV combie wetsuits come in a range of sizes for 1-6 years. Order online from Splashabout.com
If you’re sweltering in the Indian Summer heat; whether (like some of our writers) battling swollen pregnancy ankles or just trying to cool those nerves the school holidays have frayed – if you have the garden space we highly recommend the guilty pleasure solution of dunking your feet in the kids’ paddling pool…(*sipping a g&t is an optional perk)
Anyway – we’ve spotted a couple of great deals we thought we’d share…
Bestway’s Steel Frame pool measures 259 x 170 x 61 cm (L x W x H) and can be delivered to your home in 3 days. A bargain at just £64.99 from new online garden/DIY retailer manomano.co.uk.
Or how about this circular blow
up pool – a whopping 10ft diameter – at just £20.99 from Aldi. Worth investing in a pump to inflate this, so you’ve got enough puff left for some underwater laps…
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