Mommy Mondays - Summer, Sunshine, Sunscreen

Monday, May 28, 2012

If you are from Indiana, you know that as soon as Memorial Day weekend hits, summer has officially started!  This year we hit record heat, which meant lots of time spent outside!

My son lives, breathes and probably eats (despite my constant "ca-ca" reminders) the outdoors.  The second he gets up, he runs to the back door and says, "Outside?"  So of course I have to be a good mama and take him out to play!  But considering my child has blond hair and blue eyes (seriously jealous - I pay for mine), nothing is more important that protecting that precious little skin from the hot summer sun!

Before we head out to play, here are a few tips we are always sure to follow:

1. Apply sunscreen to ANY body part exposed to the sun.
Since my monkey man won't wear a hat, I'm also sure to even rub it into his little scalp.  I'm a huge fan of Coppertone's Waterbabies Foam sunscreen.  I can spray it into my hand and see exactly where I'm applying.  Plus it's SPF 75 -- remember, the higher the number the better!  Don't forget the ears, feet and chubby neck crevices!

2.  Protect those eyeballs!
Yes, wear those sunglasses at night...and most importantly during the day!  If you've applied sunscreen, you shouldn't get those awful tan lines that you'll see on old men golfers :)

3. Apply, Play, Sweat and REAPPLY.
Most experts recommend reapplying after 60-80 minutes since your last sunscreen application.  If you or your kiddos have been swimming like Michael Phelps or playing hard like a rockstar, definitely reapply before that time frame, especially if the sun is blazing hot!

4. Keep Hydrated
Even though you are playing in water, you can still be dehydrated.  Make sure to pack plenty of water or even a few sports drinks when you head to the pool or beach this summer.

5. Play in the shade
Take a few "shade breaks" if you're at the park or outside when the weather is hot.  Allowing yourself time to cool down is the best way to prevent overheating or dehydration.

 School's out for 3 more days.  
Our beach bag is ready, complete with my Coppertone, and I am literally counting down the minutes until those little yellow school buses drive away from the school for summer vacation.
 And I think he is too.
For more tips or information, check out Coppertone's website!

Happy Summer! :)

Disclosure:  As a member of the Coppertone® Water MOMS group, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit.  No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.

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