When bringing children out during the summer time, sun block is a must have. The UV levels from the sun have been high already this summer. Protecting children from over exposure to sun, keeping them hydrated, providing the proper swim wear, and using proper floating devices can make beach time much more fun and way less stressful. The sun is too strong and dangerous to a young child's or even adult's skin. Any children's sunblock should be sufficient enough. We tend the copper brand. The bottle is pink with a blue cap. There are so many varieties of sunblock and various solutions. There's sun block products that change color as applied, making it easier to see where it's been applied. There are sprays, regular lotion that goes on white. Organic children's sunblock is probably better, and I want to try it for a safer alternative. Watch carefully for skin reactions, and allergies to ingredients. Always read the ingredients of anything used on a child or even an adult. There may be some ingredients in the sunblock that can cause an allergic reaction, especially if the child has sensitive or pale skin. I suggest finding a lotion that works for the family with positive results and sticking with it. From being outside in the sun and being active in the water, keep track of the consumption of water the child is drinking. Make sure to encourage drinking fresh bottled water, and avoid dehydration. Drinking a cup every hour and encourage a lot of water drinking. Becoming dehydrated is very dangerous, and if at any time someone starts to show signs of dehydration, call for an ambulance or "911" right away.
Proper swim wear is an important part of bringing young children to the beach, lake, or any pool. If a baby is wearing a regular diaper, whether it's Huggies, Pampers. generic, or an organic diaper, they inflate and full with water when submerged in water. I never knew that before having my own babies. Even after it still surprises me how much water a diaper can hold until it falls apart. There are special diapers for babies time in the water called swimmers. The Huggies Swimmers are the only brand swimmers I've used before. I'm pretty sure Pampers are coming out with their first swimmers this year. I'm very interested in trying them out on the babies, and plan on writing a review on Pampers vs. Huggies. Instead of using a regular diaper in the water use a swimmer. Let the floats do the floating. Also, having a two piece on the girls makes changing the swimmers much easier. I am not a fan personally of most of the bathing suits they have for children and babies. It's alright to be modest here. Keep those babies covered up. The more fabric on a child swim wear the better. Changing a diaper of a swimming toddler or water enthusiastic baby is very hard to do when the baby is wearing a one piece bathing suit. Without undressing the child to get to the diaper a two piece would make more sense. After three years of changing babies at the beach, there will no longer be one pieces. They do have a lot of good suits that have tank tops and shorts. We will be looking for into those this year to prevent diaper changing disasters.
It's always a good idea to plan ahead, especially with little ones. When going to the beach or lake, find out what types of floats are acceptable there. Every public swimming place will have different rules. Getting over the fact that I couldn't use my babies float at my favorite lake, made my feelings about that lake change. It is no longer my favorite lake. When I asked the life guard why they wouldn't let us use them, I was shocked when I heard their reasoning behind the rules. A mother had a baby and a float and the baby floated away, while the mother wasn't paying attention. It is so important to be on constant watch and within arms reach of the baby when they are in the water. These first experiences around bodies of water will shape any kind of feeling the child might have about swimming, and can still effect a person into adulthood. Some life jackets that are coast guard approved can be worn in some beaches, while others allow anything as long as the floatation device is used appropriately.
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