Who's having a fun summer?! This time of year is my absolute favorite. If you are looking for some fun summer activities check out our Summer Fun Bucket List, or come back to the blog weekly for our fun Summer Activity ideas. In the meantime, here are some safety tips to help enable your family to make the most of summer this year! ***Please at least read the part about secondary drowning. I had never heard of it before and it can be so dangerous if you aren't aware of the signs.
Sun Safety Tips
Sunscreen. As a Banana Boat Best Summer Ever Ambassador, I wanted to provide some sun safety tips. Obviously something we should have on hand all summer long (in the house, in the car, in the diaper bag, etc), is sunscreen! I'm a big fan of getting some Vitamin D from the sunshine, but too much can be harmful. Remember that you can still get sunburned even when there is cloud cover (we learned that in San Diego last week)! Banana Boat® sun care products are tested in seven conditions – sun, pool water, ocean water, wind, sweat, sand and extreme heat – to provide safe and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection for the entire family.* Don't forget to lather up!
Clothing. Make sure your children wear clothes that protect their skin. This doesn't mean long-sleeved shirts and jeans in the summertime, but certain fabrics protect better than others, and dry clothes offer better protection that wet ones.
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Sunglasses. Make sure you and the kids have some shades to protect the eyes, especially if you are looking into water throughout the day, or outside for a long time. I learned the hard way when I was a lifeguard that your eyes can get sunburned too (it's not fun)!
Hats. Hats are another great way to protect the face and head from too much sun exposure, especially if you have a baldy baby like I do!
Shade. Trying to decide between several parks to take your kids to? Factor in which ones provide shade! Not only will you have better sun protection, but you will be much cooler!
Umbrellas. My friend has an awesome sun shelter umbrella that she brings with us when we go to the pool. It offers a shady spot for the kids to get a break from the sun, and also offers protection while we eat our lunch!
Water Safety Tips
Don't trust your child's life with another child. Make sure to supervise all of your children while they are swimming! When I was life guarding once, an older brother was carrying his little sister around the deep end. He had a great grip on her, but he didn't realize when he ventured into deeper water, that he was holding her face under water. This could have been a sad situation! Don't just trust that a lifeguard will notice your drowning child!
Make sure everyone wears a life jacket when you go boating.
Make sure you are up to date with your CPR skills
Secondary Drowning. I recently read a blog post about a mom who had a scary experience with secondary drowning and almost lost her child. He had a near drowning experience at the pool, but then seemed fine. It wasn't until later in the day that he suffered from secondary drowning. If you have never heard of this, I highly recommend you read her post and become aware of the signs.
Other Water Safety Tips. There are some bloggers that have had some scary and tragic experiences with water. They have come together to provide water safety tips for others. I could provide more tips, but they have done such a great job and even provided a cute printable to help you remember them all. Please take the time to support these moms and empower yourself with knowledge that could prevent a tragedy in your own family!
What Do you Have Planned for Fun this Summer?
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