Tuesday 8 August 2017

Top summer parenting tips and hacks!

School’s out for Summer! With so many months of kiddie time in front of you, you’re going to need all the help you can get.
Luckily, Stephanie from Expert Home Tips is on hand to help. She’s sharing 10 of her most valued parenting tips to make this Summer as fun for you as it is the kids.

1. Remove sand with talcum powder

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to the beach this Summer, this tip will definitely come in handy.

Soft sand is lovely and comforting when you’re on the beach, but wet sand is a different story. Sand between toes, legs and under arms can cause irritation and discomfort, especially for children.

A great trick for dusting sand from the body is talcum powder. When you leave the beach, rub it over sandy areas and the sand will dry and fall from the skin.

2. Prevent lollipop drips with a cupcake holder

Prepare to have one of those ‘why didn’t I think of that’ moments.

We all know how much kids love lollipops, but their vibrant colours and stickiness make them a nightmare for parents.

The easiest way to remove lollipop stains is to prevent them! You can do this by cutting a small slit into the base of the cupcake holder then piercing the lollipop stick through.

It will catch all those drips and keep Summer whites bright.

3. Make them work for the Wi-Fi code

Tablets, laptops, mobiles - getting the kids to be active in the digital age is no easy feat!

If you want your kids to take some time away from the screen, consider changing the Wi-Fi code. Set them a task or activity to complete, and reward them with the code.

Although they may hate you for it initially, they’ll soon come around when they remember there’s fun to be had in the real world too.

4. Make a portable colouring kit from an old DVD case

It can be tricky to keep the kids entertained on long Summer journeys.

If your little ones are into their doodling, I have the perfect solution. A DVD case colouring kit makes art on-the-go easy. Not only is there a hard surface to draw on, but a simple elasticated ribbon will also enable kids to keep pencils organised.

If you’re travelling this Summer, this one is a must! They’re also really practical to have on hand at restaurants and at other boring, ‘adult’ occasions.

5. Toothpaste provides quick relief for painful bites

Argh – if only we were born with insect-repelling skin!

If your little one, or even you, do happen to get bitten this Summer, there’s a household item that can provide quick and effective relief.

Dab a small amount of toothpaste over the bite, and the mint will help to soothe and calm the skin. It’s a great way to ease pain and prevent scratching which will only make matters worse.

6. A muffin tray is the perfect picnic accessory

British Summer time is picnic season.

Don’t let your gorgeous patterned blanket suffer from stains – keep your drinks upright with a muffin tray.

The muffin compartments are the perfect size for holding plastic cups and cans too. Be sure to pack one in the car next time you picnic to avoid any sticky-drink disasters.

7. Keep dummies clean on the go with this trick

The outdoors is more attractive than ever during Summer, but the lack of facilities can understandably put a lot of new parents off.

A great way to keep dummies clean wherever you are is to place them inside of takeaway condiment containers. They’re airtight so you can rest assured no germs will get inside.

Sit back, relax, and take the chance to enjoy the outdoors with your bundle of joy before the weather changes.

8. Keep car cup holders clean

Here’s another fab tip for those long journeys - or any journey, in fact.

Have you ever looked inside your car cup holders and been disgusted at the sight of them? The resulting sticky, dark substance of many a drink spillage, melted chocolate mess and who knows what else.

If you’ve ever tried to clean this gunky mess, you’ll know it’s a real effort! In future, prevent sticky cup holder messes by placing a silicone cupcake holder inside each one.

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