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If you are looking to escape the winter chill, you might be thinking of heading to a warmer place such as the Bahamas, Florida or even Mexico.
Wherever you are going, however, you need to make sure the whole family is prepared for the climate. This is even more crucial if you are bringing your kids along for a tropical holiday.
Babies and younger children are sensitive to temperature changes especially if you have raised them in cooler climates. They may even experience discomfort in hotter places.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prepare the kids for a vacation in any tropical destination. Make the most of your adventure using this guide:
Bring an extra supply of sunblock
Sunblock is your best friend if you are planning to bring the kids to the beach. Keep in mind that not all sunblock products can give your child the right amount of protection against UV light.
When choosing a sunblock, opt for one with an SPF of 15 or higher. You may also consider a brand containing zinc oxide if your child has sensitive skin. Apply it on your child 15 minutes before going out under the sun.
However, if you have an infant under six months, you’re better off keeping them under the shade since sunscreen may cause rashes and other skin complications.
Keep them hydrated
Children and babies dehydrate faster in hot weather, so make sure you bring along extra water wherever you are going.
Moreover, tell your kids that sodas and other sugary drinks aren’t good to drink because sugar can cause them to urinate more and, thereby, lose fluids.
If they need to satisfy their sweet tooth, have them munch on fruits with high water content such as watermelon and grapefruit.
On the other hand, a baby under six months old will only need to breastfeed to hydrate. An extra bottle of breastmilk or formula already has enough water to quench your child’s thirst.
Invest in a well-ventilated stroller
If you are in a tropical country and you want to go out with your baby in a stroller, make sure it allows for ample airflow. Poor ventilation can cause the foam to heat up and create an uncomfortable space for your child.
Consider looking for a stroller that comes with an all-weather shield that protects against sunlight and rain. To make it cooler for your child, you can install a stroller fan.
Online stores like Diono sell battery-powered baby-safe fans you can easily clip onto the side of the stroller.
Wear light clothing
The best thing about entering a tropical country is that you don’t have to pack too many clothes. Considering the climate, you and your kids should wear light clothing. Linen or pure cotton t-shirts or tank tops are great options.
Shorts are also ideal, although cotton jogging pants can also keep your child cool while bringing extra protection against mosquitoes and other insects.
For toddlers, get them to wear lightweight cotton clothes in addition to headgear such as caps and sun hats.
If you are traveling to a tropical state or country, apply these tips as you take the kids somewhere warm this winter season.