Summer is quickly approaching and vacation season has officially started. It’s that time of year where families will start venturing off to beaches, pools, water parks, amusement parks, and plenty of other places where our little people get wet. The number one thing that we want to be sure of when sending our little ones out to play in the water and sun is that we are prepared. Before you have your kids start their adventure, be sure to get some enjoyable books to share with your one about their upcoming escapade. The will help them learn more about water, and water safety. It will also get them even more excited. You should consider investing in swimming courses as well for your children. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention one out of every five people that die from drowning are under the age of 14. Swimming is an important skill for your kids to have and we can never be too safe. Now that we’ve looked at the basics, let’s review some additional water essentials:
-Water shoes are a must- let’s prevent any foot fungus or that nasty feeling from just walking around in nasty changing rooms, bathrooms, or having to get extra sand from between small toes. Water shoes are an immense help. They provide coverage for the foot, while keeping their feet clean, and away from bumpy rocks.
-Life guard jackets: head to the store and purchase a life guard certified jacket for your little one. Don’t depend on faculties always having their sizes, or that they just won’t go that far in at the beach. It’s always important to be safe when water is involved.
-Purchase water proof phone cases to capture all the best pictures: you don’t want to miss a moment. You want to catch them running out when the water splashes up to surprise them, or they jump their first wave.
-Plan to spend endless hours wet: getting a kid to leave the water is nearly impossible! No matter how tired or hungry they are, they will refuse to leave no matter what!! Most kids are just naturally drawn to water!
-Sunscreen if it’s a day at the beach: never forget the sunscreen. The skin of children is a lot more sensitive than adults and burns a lot faster. Be sure to purchase a waterproof sunscreen to cover their skin.
-Ear plugs: if your child is ear infection prone, if you have a “splasher,” or a child who plays near one, ear plugs may be a clever idea. Water can get trapped in the ear and create a swimmer’s ear, causing a bad ear ache. Ear plugs help prevent this.
-Eye Protection: if your little one is a glasses wearer like mine, you will need a strap or another form of glasses to offer vision assistance when splashing around in and out of water.
Here’s a few reasons why water play is important:
Decreases fear of water
Increases social development from interaction with other kids
In younger children, it assists with developing fine motor skills. The squirting, pouring, and squeezing.
I’ll be posting some great places to take your kids to have some fun in the water and sun as well. Where it can be a lot of work to get out the house, and a long day at park or beach with your little one, I promise you that it will always be worth it!!!
I hope that your summer is full of splashes, sun, and fun!!
– Kristina (Kristopher’s Mom)