A Middle Eastern Summer: Tips for Babies & Toddlers

 

Summer is here, and it’s here to stay! Summers in the Middle East last for months, sometimes even half the year. But fear not, with these tips in mind, it will just pass like a breeze. Just stock up on these summer essentials and your little ones will have the time of their lives!

 

 

 

  1. Stay Hydrated Intense summer heat may be too overwhelming for your little ones. When outdoors, make sure to keep them hydrated to help keep their body temperature regulated at all times. Always pack boxed juice drinks whenever outside or fresh bottled juices or water, which would be much better. Stainless steel bottles are great for keeping drinks cool amidst the heat.

    Skip Hop Zoo Stainless Steel Straw Bottle
  2. Eat Up If you’re not a fan of the thought of taking too many potty trips, fruits are also excellent sources for hydration. Watermelons, grapes, and oranges are ideal and easy to pack. A great hack to take your summer pack further up a notch is freezing grapes and storing them in insulated lunch packs and viola- mini fruit lollies/popsicles that are not just fun, cool treats but also 100% healthy.

    3 Sprouts Lunch Bag
  3. Dress Cool Light mesh fabrics are perfect for summer; thin layers lets you stay cool and lightweight fabrics are very breathable and doesn’t trap any heat, allowing air to circulate & move freely through the fabric. Cotton, linen or chambray onesies and coordinates are also other good options. Opt for colors that are bright or white as these reflect sun light while dark colors absorb heat.

    Jottum One Piece
  4. Sun Protection Use hats, umbrellas or canopies as a protective layer against sun rays. Choose sunscreen that is specially formulated for babies and kids’ sensitive skin and uses natural ingredients. Though SPF lotions and creams may be a good option, an added external protective layer is still best. Clip on umbrellas and detachable extendable sun canopies for strollers are a definite must have accessories.
    Stroller Summer Cover

    Naif Sunscreen (for the sensitive skin of babies and kids)
  5. Indoor Fun Beaches and pools aren’t the only destination for families to cool down. In the Middle East, the heat may be intense but we adapt tremendously. Indoor theme parks, forests and adventure zones are a widespread and with summer at bay, so are promotions for entrance fees and packages that are better than usual. Also, why not stay creative at home with fun educational toys? A toddler’s imagination can travel so far with playful bonding with their mums and dads or toddlers alike.

    Melissa & Doug Corner Kitchen

10 Tips For Flying With A Baby

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The Easter holidays are just around the corner and you may be thinking of jetting off somewhere nice for a few days. If not, perhaps a summer holiday is in the diary… Either way, if your trip involves boarding a plane you’re probably already fretting about how to keep your brood happy when the cabin door closes. Read on for tips on how to survive a plane journey with a screaming baby. Continue reading “10 Tips For Flying With A Baby”

REVIEW: Mama’s Box

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Hands up if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of pregnancy and baby products on the market? You’re not alone. As any newbie parent will testify, yours truly included, shopping for that new phase in your life can be a daunting task. From knowing which stretch mark creams really deliver on their promise of flawless skin, to picking the perfect baby bottles for your newborn, it can be a bit of a nightmare figuring out what is needed and what type is best. Fortunately, that’s where Mama’s Box comes in. Continue reading “REVIEW: Mama’s Box”

The 6 dos and don’ts of visiting a new mum in hospital

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When your friend has entered that new sphere known as parenthood, it’s normal to be excited for them. However, in addition to a new baby, there is also an exhausted, hormonal and potentially quite sore new mum to think of. We know she’s your BFF and you’re itching to give her new bundle a squeeze, but there is still a protocol when it comes to visiting her in hospital. Here are the dos and don’ts of being a perfect visitor.

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5 Pregnancy Exercise Myths Busted

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Ah, pregnancy that golden time when you finally get to cancel the gym membership, put your feet up and ‘burn calories’ through a combination of channel surfing and padding to and from the fridge. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? But unfortunately, that’s not the reality.

While fitness shouldn’t be your main consideration during pregnancy, it’s important to stay active where possible. After all, you’re about to become a parent and in between nappy-changing marathons and late-night feeding sessions you’re going to need a good level of energy in order to rise to the challenge.

Of course, there is a lot of confusion when it comes to pregnancy exercise and what is safe, so to give me a nudge in the right direction, I caught up with pre- and post-natal exercise specialist, Amy Saunders of Urban Energy Fitness. She gave me the lowdown about pregnancy exercise and busted the myths and misconceptions that surround this tricky topic. To put your mind at ease, here is the reality check on five prenatal fitness myths that just won’t die.

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Delicious food for during your pregnancy

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Petit-Suisse cheese with berries and cereal

Hello. My name is Catherine and I am addicted to cookbooks. I’m only half joking here. The truth is that I have a huge cookbook collection and try as I might, it doesn’t look like I’m going to stop adding to it any time soon. Being seven months pregnant, my latest purchase is the Mum Cook Book by Beaba, which contains recipes for fresh, tasty and light treats for women during pregnancy. The recipes are designed for use with the Beaba babycook Solo, a baby food maker that steams, cooks and blends. It’s great news for mums-to-be, because the two combined give those who plan to make their own baby food the opportunity to have a practice run before the little one arrives.

 

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