10 outdoor safety tips for tots

Observe these simple rules and your tyke will enjoy his outdoor play sessions as much as possible.

Outdoor play is an important part of your little one’s childhood. Junior needs to explore the world outside, so that he can connect with it as much as he’ll get to boost his brain in school. Besides, with 300+ parks and four nature reserves located all over the island, you’re never that far from a green lung where he can master emerging physical skills like running and jumping. Your kiddo will also see, hear, smell and touch many amazing things. However, fun under the sun has its risks, so pay attention to these suggestions!

1) Plan, plan, plan

Step out with your toddler without a plan of action and you’re just increasing your chances of freaking out should something go south. Decide where to go and what activities you want to do. Only then can you pack the essentials. Do also have a wet-weather plan in mind ― so, if it starts to pour, you’ll be able to make a beeline for the nearest shelter.

2) Dress for the occasion

Togging your tyke out in loose, breathable (preferably cotton) clothing will keep them cool in the searing heat. A cap will also shield their scalp from the fierce sun. Three-quarter length trousers can prevent knees from sustaining cuts and bruises.

3) Slather on sunblock

The sun’s ultraviolet rays may damage your tot’s eyes, immune system and delicate skin. So, make sure to protect it, especially if there’s a family history of skin cancer. The sunblock should:

* Have SPF protection of at least 30.

* Offer broad spectrum coverage against both UVA and UVB rays

* Include ingredients like titanium oxide and zinc oxide. These ingredients not only block out UVA and UVB rays, they are also less likely to cause a nasty skin reaction.

Even if the lotion is sweat-proof or water-proof, make sure to reapply the creams after one to two hours. Here are great options to consider.

Remember, taking your eyes off your toddler — even if it’s just for a split second — can cost him his life.

4) Get him geared up

If you’re going to the pool or the beach, make him use a float for safety’s sake. Do bear in mind that bubba can drown in as little as 5cm of water! Which means that you should accompany them in the water ― AT ALL TIMES.

5) Drink water regularly

Because he’s running about in high heat and humidity, make sure your mini-dynamo is well hydrated. The hotter it is, the more water your little one should be drinking. And if they are doing something intense, like running, then they’ll need even more fluids. Try setting reminders on your watch or phone to cue you all to wet the whistle every 20 minutes or so.

Find out how to react if you run into a wild animal at the nature reserve…up next!