The sun has arrived at last, but hurry, it may not last long! On a hot day, with beating sunshine, it's so important to keep the children covered up and protected from the sun. Here are 10 important things to remember on a scorching day:-
Paddling pools are incredibly reasonable at the moment and for a small amount of money you can pick up an inflatable pool that is great fun! Here are a few important tips to keep the children safe in and around the pool.
Enjoy your pool!
Swimming is a great activity for you and your little ones. But, so many women refuse to shimmy into their bathing costumes because of a low self body image. Rather than seeing a swim as a healthy and relaxing time with baby, toddler or pre-schooler, so many mums dread that mad dash from the changing rooms into the pool so they simply don't go! This means that many chidren are growing up not having had much contact with the water - which is not good at all. Instead, see swimming as a great chance to have a splash around with your little ones; lots of cuddles and bouncing in the water together! You don't have to go every week, just set a goal perhaps once a month to start with and see how you enjoy it. Swimming need not be a fearful excercise for anyone!
If you are nervous of revealing your curves, go off peak where there are fewer people in the pool. And remember, no one sees you once you're under water anyway! You don't need to be a great swimmer either: have a splash and a fun time in the shallow end of the pool. If you think you'll get bored, take along some floating toys to play with. There may even be kiddie lessons at your local pool - so pop along and see what's going on. Your little will love the water - you may even really enjoy the visit too!
There are lots of attractions for older children, such as soft play, theme parks and farms, whilst there's seemingly little for babies, but look around and you'll find there are plenty of activities for babies too! Babies will go almost anywhere and do almost anything, they are, after all, largely pram-bound and to them everything is excitingly new. Many activities designed for babies are community or group based, such as meeting with other mum's at toddler groups, attending baby massage groups and baby swimming lessons. If you find there's not a lot going on in your area, why not be a proactive mum and set up your own local baby groups? Even if there seems to be a dearth of baby activities, there's probably no shortage of babies. Make sure that you don't find yourself imprisoned in your own home for the first few months after having a baby, it will really help you to get out and meet and talk with other mums. Your baby will also enjoy the company of other babies, even though they don't interact or play together until they are much older.
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