Summer is my favorite time of the year to get outside and exercise with my kids and I know I’m not the only one! Summer involves picnics, swimming, exploring unfamiliar places, and getting into shape for Summer activities!
If you’re a runner as like I am, and you enjoy running with your kids, there are some things you will need to remember before you run with your babies!
Summer is the season where it’s hot and getting hotter, and the sun is always out. You deserve to know you and your children are safe, so here are my six things you should remember to do before running with your baby!
Sunscreen will keep your child safe from harmful sun rays that can burn your child’s skin and leave lasting effects. Sunscreen should be applied before your trip outside and during your trip, even if the sunscreen says it will last for 8 or more hours, use more.
This is not something you want to take lightly, my mom went on a boat trip and used sunscreen and didn’t apply more because it said there was an 8-hour limit to it before 4 hours were even up, she was as red as a lobster. Choose a brand you know and feel comfortable using.
You need to choose the best double jogging stroller you can. Otherwise, you may find yourself with broken wheels, sunken-in seats, uncomfortable children, and possibly a stroller that doesn’t fit your needs.
Try to find a stroller that has three wheels, two comfortable seats for your kids to sit in, and something that is made to run with while holding your children.
Snacks will allow you to keep your energy levels up, as well as your kids. Plan accordingly for the day and bring snacks that will last, or include a picnic basket for a lunchtime option.
If you decide to bring just snacks, try healthy options such as carrot and celery sticks, banana and apple slices, and granola. These are packed with healthy sugars, protein, and they are tasty!
If you want to pack food for a picnic, ask for your child’s input if they’re old enough, as to what they would like to bring. Ask what kind of sandwiches they want, or what kind of sides to add to the basket. Maybe pop in a few sweet treats for a dessert, if they’re good!
Water is essential in all months of the year, but Summertime can cause heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and sunburns. You don’t want any of those things happening to you or your children, so take precautions.
Bring more than enough water, at least two bottles per child and three for yourself. Don’t bring soda or juice on outside exercises because they can make you sick, dehydrate you quicker, or prevent your body from absorbing water. Just stick to water and hydrate your bodies.
#5: Exhausted Children
It’s no surprise that being out in the sun takes away your energy. It causes fatigue and wears you down. While you are running in it, there’s a good chance your children are just basking in the sunlight unless you have them covered, but then with a greenhouse effect, they could be even hotter.
You’ll want not to spend too much time outside, and if there is a park nearby where you children can play in the sprinklers or water features, allow them to do so. This will help hydrate their skin and take their minds off being hot and tired, even if just for a little while.
#6: Take Breaks
Take breaks and enjoy yourself. While you are exercising, you and your children should be getting the most from each moment. Stop and sniff flowers with your kids, ask them about the animals they see, tickle them. Just let them know you are happy they are there.
Enjoy Your Summer
Now you are ready to enjoy your summer running with your children! Let them help you prepare for your outdoor excursion to help them with their excitement as well! Make sure to pack healthy snacks and plenty of water!
What are some ways you get your kids ready for summer fun? Do you run with your children? How do you include your children in your exercises?
Shirley is the proud mother of two beautiful children. She has been writing informational blog posts for parents for a few years now and hopes she can help with your questions and concerns with parenting. You can visit her blog at toptenstrollers.com or follow on twitter @shirley_ttsblog