Now that our long overdue summer has finally arrived it is time for us to spend some quality time in our gardens, enjoying the great outdoors and a little R&R time with mother nature herself. However, summers spent in the garden can sometimes be less than relaxing for those of you with little children to worry about.
With so many hidden dangers in the garden, the time we spend in our gardens, with young children can be more stressful than it is de-stressing. So here are our top tips for ensuring you have your children covered and protected for every eventuality come play time in the garden.
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If you have a garden with any sources of open water, such as a swimming pool, large open fountains or even a small pond, you are going to need to childproof them before you can even think of letting your child go wild in your garden. There are an unfortunately high rate of accidents with children in their own garden falling into water, so this is the biggest potential danger in any garden where there are children around.
The best way to childproof any water area in your garden is to seal the area off with a fence that children can not get past. You may not like the aesthetic of this in your garden, but it won’t be forever. Once the kids are grown up and out of the dangerous age when water accidents can be fatal, you can remove the fence very easily and redesign the layout of your garden for your teenage kids.
Bugs, Allergies, and Remedies
Our children are inevitably going to come into contact with a wide range of bugs and insects as they play in the garden. Usually, this is great and is a large part of why our children love to explore the great outdoors. However, there are a few pesky critters that we need to keep our eye on and keep a couple of remedies and medication, close at hand, just in case our children ever come into contact with the less desirable kinds.
If your children ever get stung by a wasp or bee, for example, then you need to make sure that you have the correct medication and remedies, close by, to ease the pain. Sometimes a simple home remedy is all it takes, but sometimes, for children who are allergic to certain stings, you will need to have more specific medication with you, whenever your children are spending time in the garden.
Even on cloudy and cooler days, we still need to be protecting our children from the dangerous power of the sun’s rays. Even a couple of hours in the garden, on an overcast day, can cause damage to our children’s skin and sometimes even make them sick, so it’s essential that we have them suitably covered up and protected. Firstly, you are going to need to cover them with a strong SPF50 sunscreen. Cover them with sun lotion, on any part of their body that is going to be exposed, around 30 minutes before they go outside. If your children are playing with sprinklers, buckets of water or in and out of the pool all afternoon you are going to need to vigilant with regularly topping up their sun protection cream.
Sun hats are also crucial for kids. Children’s hair is naturally much finer than adults, so they have much less protection on their heads, than adults do, therefore a sun hat is essential to make sure they don’t burn their scalps and suffer from sun stroke, or over exposure to the sun.
Play Area for Babies
If you have really small babies and toddlers the best way to look after your children is to create a specific play area in your garden, with an outdoor playmat. Covering an area of your lawn with blankets and playmats will mean that your little ones are not putting anything undesirable in their mouths, every time your back is turned and it also stops them from being as bothered by bugs as they would be if they were in direct contact with the earth.
Play mats also serve as a great cushion for any tumbles and falls and will keep your little ones entertained for much longer than just placing them directly on the grass. Distracted toddlers and babies also mean that you get to enjoy a few more precious moments to just relax and enjoy spending time outside in your beloved garden.