Today we have a guest blog from a Lane Cove Local who together with his wife distribute the clip on baby fan.
Summer in the Cove has had us reaching for an ice block one day, then feeling like one the next but when those hot sweaty days arrive it can leave us drained, irritable and low in energy. Your little ones have no way of keeping themselves cool. They rely on you. Our good intentions of keeping them out of the sun by putting a muslin wrap or blanket over the pram to shield them from the sun often lead to making them hotter.
Here are our 3 Cool Tips for this Summer.
Have a Bath
Keeping cool can be as simple as having a bath with the little one when it gets too hot. Run a cool bath at home and jump in with bubs. It’s great for bonding as well as play time and keeps them busy through what can feel like a long day. Putting in some body wash as you are filling up the bath is a great way to add that extra level of fun. Gaia bath & body wash have a great and affordable range that’s free from all the nasties. Try Chemist Warehouse in the Village if you are interested.
Go to a Park
Living in and around Lane Cove has us fortunate enough to be in close range to some beautiful parks and rivers. The cool shade from the trees offer respite from the sun and the rivers provide a chance for toes to be dipped.
Some of my favourites:
Tambourine Bay Park
My wife and I discovered this little gem during the Festival by the River in November last year. It is situated at the end of Tambourine Bay Road near the prestigious Saint Ignatius College. While the park itself offers great views across Sydney and a place for your dogs (and kids) to run leash free, its the walks that are the real treat here.
As the park is situated on the waterfront, the walks mainly hug the river bend and are shaded for most of the day. If you are feeling adventuress why not try the 9km walk along the river to Luna Park. Don’t forget to bring the Baby Bjorn, some parts are not pram friendly.
For those less adventuress, there is BBQ and children’s play facilities.
Another waterfront park, Loungeville Reserve is located on Stuart Street. Views across Lane Cove River to the city make for a great opportunity to paint that masterpiece while the kids run around.
Escaping the heat is made easy by the tall trees surrounding the park. Offering plenty of shade for you and the bubs to relax under, BBQ facilities, park benches and children’s facilities are also available. Unfortunately, there are no toilet facilities here, but a short walk to the Aquatic Park will find you some.
Putney Park (Ryde)
There is a slide and a water feature. Need I say anymore?
Darling Harbour Water Park
Being in Lane Cove also means we are only one bus stop away from the city. Take the bus (286, 290, 287, 294, 288, 297) from Epping Road into the city and a short walk has you in Darling Harbour.
Darling Harbour Water Park will literally have the kids playing for hours there and best of all, its free.
It’s an exciting venture out the house that will not only let them cool down but keeps them busy too.
Get Yourself a Portable Clip on Fan
It’s a must have accessory that mums are turning to keep bubs cool during the summer. The pram can be a hot place that air finds difficult to circulate. Air conditioners and traditional fans may also be too strong in the house, and the cot might be in the room where neither are set up.
A summer must have, this little gem clips onto almost anything, has finger safe foam blades and an adjustable neck. Keep your little one cool under the stroller, in their cot or bassinet, and even at the dinner table while they are sitting in their Bumbo. The clip is so versatile you can virtually clip on anywhere.
Little Bean does a great one that comes in 4 colours, is battery operated and for less than $20 it’s a must have for all mums. Check them out here.
Summer for bubs needn’t be a lot of sleepless nights, feeling cranky and finding it impossible to get comfortable during the day. Put our three tips into action and bring the fun back.