Getting the kids to play out of the house promotes well-being and wholesome physical development, not to mention provides some much appreciated relief time for moms to relax or get things done without being pulled in many different directions at once.
Even the best of us will probably find it unappealing when playtime gets rough, and the kids come back sunburnt, sweating, with clothes caked in remnants of the outdoors. So here are a few ways to keep the kids staying fresh whilst they're outdoors and in the sun.
Protect and clean
Before they step out into the sun, slathering on kid-friendly sunscreen and clothing them in breathable cotton (which helps to absorb excessive sweating) w ear is a good w ay of avoiding painful sunburn. Long sleeves will also help shield children with sensitive skin from many harmful ultraviolet rays. Go a step further with caps or sweatbands to keep direct sunlight and sweat away from their faces.
We all know keeping the kids hydrated is extremely important so having bottles of water handy w ill go a long w ay. All the better if you're standing by to chase them into the shower quickly after playtime. Clean, fresh skin is healthy skin and a gentle soap like Commander Safeguard Honeysmash body wash does the trick and has a gentle, fruity scent as a bonus!
The battle of stains
Healthy, active children in the sun mean lots of laundry. Don't, how ever, let this hold you and the kids back from enjoying the good weather.
It might be worthwhile to save some of the kids' old clothes and set them aside to be used as playwear. This means that the kids can get soaked, messy and generally play to their hearts content without ruining an expensive outfit.
Moms dealing with stain removal problems will find that there are a good number of stain removers available in supermarkets such as Ariel Sunrise Fresh. For something a little more organic, use home-sourced options like vinegar, lime juice or ammonia in small quantities to remove sweat and dirt stains.
Smelly feet and footwear is another bugbear of good times in the sun. For not very rough play, open-toed non-plastic sandals help feet breathe and keep away sweat and odor.
If the kids take part in activities such as soccer, trekking or other occasions where active footwear is needed, stocking up on plenty of socks made with natural fiber will help keep the nasty stenches away.
Foot odor is actually bacterial waste in the form of organic acids, so get the children to take off the shoes as soon as they are home - and air their shoes immediately. Cultivating a habit of washing their feet as soon as the shoes come off is also highly beneficial for their little feet.
For washing and drying of shoes, simply follow the manufacturer's instructions. For those of us who don't have time to go to the store to purchase shoe deodorizers, use easily available agents like baking soda to keep shoes clean and smelling good. Finally, don't forget to make sure that socks are also cleaned well. Using a fabric conditioner like Downy Antibac softener that prevents up to 99% germs that cause malodor on clothes, will not only keep them in good condition but also ensure that they are safe to wear for kids again.
With the right care, your kids can enjoy the outdoors as much as you enjoy watching them play.
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