In recent weeks, we have found ourselves enjoying days at the park and long evenings in the garden, which is so blissful and so totally needed after a such a long winter.
But having a toddler that refuses to wear a hat and is too busy playing to stop for a drink, means I'm often left thinking of creative and sneaky ways to keep him cool.
Here are 5 ways I've found helpful that may help you at home too:
1. Chose your material wisely
When it's hot, it can be difficult to fight the urge to strip your child off to just a nappy (which of course is fine!). If they're playing under the hot sun, it's a better idea to keep as much of their fragile skin covered, especially at the hottest parts of the day or when suncream may have been rubbed off.
I try to opt for clothing in light and breathable materials that offer protection without being heavy for example, linin and organic cotton.
2. Water play
If you don't have the space for a paddling pool that provides great relief on a hot day, a bucket or basin of cool water works just as well. It provides outdoor entertainment and gives them a chance to cool down too. Add boats or bath toys for extra fun and even a drop or two of food colouring to make it more sensory.
3. Ice play
Same as above – this is a really great way to keep little hands cool. Fill a few ice cube trays and use the cubes as building blocks. It's simple, cheap and sensory.
4. Homemade ice pops
These ice pops are a massive hit with toddlers, but I also used to make them when my son was teething. All the coolness of an ice pop without the sugar! Simply blend a watermelon, pour into ice pop moulds and after a few hours you will have the most yummy one ingredient ice lollies. They're great for kids of all ages.
5: Follow the air conditioning
Summer days are a great excuse to get out and enjoy the sun, but if you find that your child is struggling with the heat, get out early before the day gets too warm.
You can spend the afternoon visiting some places that you know are likely to be cooler such as museums, galleries etc and use these as respite time to refuel and drink up before heading back out.
I want hours upon hours of delicious sleep followed by hot cups of tea, reading my book and nothingness. But I'll have to get up now to comfort, feed, clean, dress, entertain, love, laugh, play, and repeat.