Hello September! We've had a glorious (ish) summer, and now its time to embrace some cooler days and longer, cozier, evenings- we can't wait! This week we're looking at the different ways you can still make the most of your trusty SnoozeShade, and why you definitely should too, throughout autumn and beyond. Here are just three reasons why you should be using your SnoozeShade in autumn...
Experts agree that sun protection should be worn between April and October, and we think this is something more parents need to be aware of. The same experts also advise against the use of sunscreen on babies younger than six months, so this, in turn, makes your SnoozeShade even more essential as we move into a new season.
Yes, its cooler. Yes, the sun isn't really appearing as much as it was... but don't let that fool you. Besides late summer/ early autumn heatwaves, the sun's UV rays are still strong enough to cause damage to sensitive skin, so its really not worth the risk. When you're out and about with the pram or stroller, just pop the SnoozeShade on. You can use lookout mode until its time for sleep, and then the shade will work to encourage better and longer naps thanks to the darkened environment it creates. Win-win!
Protection from the elements
We've written before about the many uses of the SnoozeShade after summer has ended, but please bear with us! The SnoozeShade can be used as a protection against light wind and rain during the autumn months! Whilst it's not waterproof, the SnoozeShade is able to provide some protection and is definitely better than nothing if you're caught short.
During the summer you've no doubt been out and about a lot more than during other months, and sometimes this can be a blessing in disguise. All those longer pram walks in glorious weather has got your little one used to sleeping on the go- yay! But now what? It's colder now and nobody else is at the park, plus the kids are back to school... worry not. Just because the summer has finished, there's no reason why you need to disrupt your hard-earned routine!
Perhaps you need to tweak it a little (hello walk to the coffee shop for a nice steaming mug!) but your baby doesn't need to end up out of sorts! If your little one has got used to a walk at a certain time and you've planned this in as nap time, then keep it up! The SnoozeShade will help minimize distractions and act as a sleep cue too. Older babies especially benefit from maintaining a good routine and consistency is key when it comes to better nighttime sleep too- as is plenty of fresh air! Additionally (if you need another reason) getting outdoors at least once a day will help to boost your serotonin levels and elevate your mood too.
We love hearing from you guys, so if you're using your SnoozeShade this autumn please do get in touch- photos are very welcome!
Wear loose clothingInfants should be covered as much as you can, in baggy clothing throughout the summer. Go for fabrics which are light and also permit air to circulate.
Remembering that very young infants can't wear sunscreen, it is vital to pay them and supply as much color as possible. Employing a SnoozeShade on the pram will block out up to 99 percent of the sun's damaging rays safely. Always check on your baby if they're sleeping, and place your pram in as shady a place as you can. Read more about the protection of masking your pram in the summertime here.
Drink plenty of waterDehydration can occur quite quickly when the weather is hot, so make sure that you carry water bottles with you wherever you move. Offer regular feeds to younger infants too.
If you're worried that your child might be dried, there are a few symptoms and signs to look out for:
- Feeling very thirsty
- Dark and powerful smelling urine (check nappies)
- Feeling dizzy
- Dry mouth, lips, and eyes
- Infrequent urination
Most importantly, enjoy the summer and surely make the most of the gorgeous weather we have been having- securely, of course!
If you would like to find out more about Snooze Shade head to www.snoozeshade.com.