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SM reviews… Splash About Splash shoes

Editor writes: “Look, kids, here are some lovely new shoes!” I say to my eldest two offspring. “What kind of shoes are they?” enquires my three-year old middle child. “Seaside shoes!” I exclaim. “Oh…” comes the response “, are we going to the seaside then?”

I backtrack, realising that once more my middle child has once again foxed me into a corner. 

“Well, let’s go to the seaside!” hollers their father, in the parenting style of Daddy Pig (ie with no co-parenting-consultation and little regard for the reward chart taped to the fridge with pitifully few good behaviour stars.)

So then comes packing wetsuits and picnics, ensuring that buckets and spades are far enough out of reach so as not to become backseat weapons and finally to strap three kids into car-seats. 

Splash About’s splash shoes are made from soft neoprene and they pull on easily (ie unaided!) but the toggle fastening at the back of the shoe means that they stay put even if worn whilst swimming in the sea (or during a bout of backseat fidgeting on the motorway). They come in a variety of colours; I was grateful that we reviewed two different colourways as it made finding the matching pairs a lot easier. 

Once your kids have got them on their feet, pesky inconveniences like pebbles, shells and slippery seaweed become irrelevant and they are good to go rock pool hopping or paddle out over stony shores. And afterwards, you just take them off, give them a rinse and leave them to dry. It’s pretty much win/win.

Of course, I didn’t have to call these shoes ‘seaside shoes’. I could have easily called them ‘now you won’t slip over at the swimming pool when I asked you repeatedly not to run on the wet floor’ shoes. Or ‘now you won’t go flying across the wet decking when you’ve pushed your brother into the paddling pool’ shoes. Or ‘now you can still jump in puddles when it’s too hot to wear your wellies’ shoes. Or any other name that might represent their myriad of uses.

But in our house, they are – and will always be – known as ‘seaside shoes’. Because let’s face it; when you are three and five-and-a-quarter, life’s a beach…”

For more info or to buy go to SplashAbout’s website.

Playtime: Hape Jungle Train Journey Set

This trainset made by Hape is the sort of toy that every child will see differently; there’s lots of potential for imaginative play. It is pitched at 18months upwards but it is solid enough to entertain a newly crawling baby (the green ‘jungle’ bit makes a nice scrunchy noise to engage them) and older children will possibly see it as ‘another world you could visit by train’ or wonder where the lion and elephant are going on a trip…

Click for more info or to buy: Hape Jungle Train Journey Set

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.

How to carry a tot whilst in high heels

Enviably slick… the art of rocking skycraper heels whilst balancing a shortie.

A few pointers:

  • Who What Wear suggests addressing your posture: walking from the heel to the toe, taking small steps and slightly arching your foot as you walk…
  • Take a tip from Olympic weightlifters and keep the weight in your heels as you lift the child up. Curl your toes up and widen your stance if need be…
  • Carry on the hip and switch sides frequently. Twickenham Osteopath Twickenmum site also advises work on your core and strengthen your abdominal muscles and pelvic floor.
  • Find some well made heels that have been designed to walk in. Tamara Mellon (formerly of Jimmy Choo) speaks of their heel design “I was tired of being in pain. Most shoe designers are men if you think about it, so they don’t know what it feels like.” Our tip, check out the Smart Shoe range at Clarks, we love the Dalhart Sorbet in nude grey shingle leather, with an 8cm heel and bubble cushion beads …