Summertime is such a special time with baby. All the outdoor activities and summer vacations become endless memories and traditions to share with loved ones for years to come. With all that, you want to make sure that you make the best of all this fun by taking care to make sure that you are your baby are enjoying the outdoors safely. Below are some simple steps that you can take to protect your family from some hazards that come with being in nature.
- Spray Park Fun! Spray parks are a great option for summertime fun with babies because baby does not get submerged in water, but still gets to splash around on hot days. Citiparks operates several spray parks in the city of Pittsburgh. Daily entrance fees are $3 for youth (3-15 years old) and $5 for adults. For more information on locations of spray parks click here. Have a garden hose at home? You can make your own spray park in your backyard!
- Baby Swimming Lessons. If you know you will be spending a lot of time around lot’s of bodies of water you may want to consider baby swim lessons. The British Swim School offers a class for first time water babies 3 months and older. It’s a great time for you to get comfortable with your baby in the water, teach you and your baby basic water swimming skills, and helps to ease any fears of the water that your baby (or you!) has.
- Sunburn Safety. At any age people should take steps to protect their skin from too much sun. Not only can a sunburn be a real bummer when you’re just trying to have some summer fun, but it can have long term health effects on your skin as well. Make sure you stock up on sun hats, sunscreens, beach cover ups, umbrellas and other shade structures.
- Stay Hydrated. Part of keeping cool in the summer, especially when you are active outdoors, is making sure you drink enough fluids. Water is always a good option, some other great options for staying hydrated are eating fruit (such as watermelon or grapes) and 100% juice popsicles (which you can make your own in your own freezer!).
- Backyard Safety. Hanging out in your own yard is one of the simple pleasure of summer. While it can provide a safe space for little ones to explore nature, make sure you watch what they put in their mouths. To avoid contamination from any impurities (such as lead), watch your exploring babies closely and do not let babies eat soil as well as anything off ground around house.
- First Aid Safety. You never know where an accident might happen. Part of being adventurous is also making sure you are safe. Carry a first aid kit in your diaper bag or car. Plug the Poison Control Center number into your phone, no matter where in the country you, when you call this number your call will be directed to the nearest poison control center to where you are. Take a CPR class, or if your certification is up to date, review the CPR protocol to stay sharp on the procedure. If there any special medications or additional precautions you need to make sure your kids, make sure that is communicated to everyone your child is spending time with this summer.
- Check the weather! Lastly (but most importantly) before you head out for the day, make sure to check the weather. Summer storms can be strong and roll in fast so you want to make sure that you are prepared. If there is going to be severe weather where you are, make sure you have access to suitable shelter and bring some extra clothes in case it gets cool out or rains.
Summertime is the time when favorite childhood memories and family traditions are made. Make sure you take the time to ensure that these memories are long lasting, hilarious, and positive.There is so much to enjoy during the Pittsburgh summer, get out there and make this a summer to remember!
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