Summer is the place to be! I share with you some basic tips before letting the chicks out of the nest :)
photo: Marie-Ève Nagant
I hate applying the cream to the faces of kids who are moving all the time with their hair getting in the game! Tip n o 1: Children put on a Scooba that retains the hair at the back of the head. I can cream their faces easily! Our headband is also a good ally to protect the head from the sun while swimming.
Slice of life : I created the first Scooba for my daughter. She hates wearing a cap! It gave the Scooba , a very versatile trendy accessory.
I'm no sunscreen expert, but this article of Born and grow can enlighten you on the subject. It discusses how much to apply, sun protection factor (SPF), sunburn, and the useful life of sunscreens.
Eco-Boutique A Lifetime World offers a large selection of creams based on healthy and natural products. Great service and advice from naturopaths, in-store and remotely!
Some tips to stay hydrated
Here, we love hydration packs for kids CamelBak type, offered among others at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). In addition to holding a lot more water than a bottle, this type of bag allows children to carry a snack, a raincoat, a S cooba and more. They are happy to drag their little bundle along and to be able to bring back some finds!
Always have a reusable bottle on hand: we challenge ourselves to have finished our bottle before dinner time. We can thus follow the water consumption of our coconuts and fill the bottle again until the evening meal! Encourage them to take a big sip every 20 or 30 minutes in hot weather. Ask the children to check the color of their urine: if they are dehydrated, it will be darker and smelly.
I really like bottles Kid Classic Sport by Klean Kanteen. They have an easily washable cap, they are very sturdy and durable, and they easily attach to a bag with a carabiner.
Slice of life : I must have been dragging my stainless steel bottle everywhere I go for about five years. It is not killable! When I leave the house for a short time, I don't feel like carrying around four containers! I therefore offer water to the children directly from the cap of my bottle. Kids call it cork water!
A few stats !
According to an analysis by the University Design Center of the Royal Institute of Technology in Melbourne (Australia), reusable plastic bottles have 80% less impact on the environment compared to aluminum bottles or stainless steel, the manufacturing process of metal bottles being particularly energy intensive. That said, it all depends on how you use them and how you recycle them!
During a day at day camp or on a long hike, plan two water bottles for the day. Freeze one the night before to keep the water fresh all day!
The campaign website I thirst for health is a great resource for promoting healthy hydration in children.
NO! Not the mosquitoes!
In June, who says BWA, says mosquitoes!
Without wanting to discourage you, there really isn't a quick fix to repelling them. Fortunately, this period is short. Wear pale colors and long sleeves ... Not to mention the mosquito repellent and your Scooba!
What to do with all these bites?
Children express a sense of relief when a cream or ointment is applied to their bites. Whatever the product, you just have to tell them that it is an “anti-sting” cream and it will soothe them;) For a natural remedy, dilute in equal parts a few drops of essential oil of lavender aspic and calendula oil. Lavender is a bug repellant!
To learn more on the subject, I strongly advise you this article of Ti-Mousse in the bush.
An outdoor pharmacy to the rescue of minor injuries !
It is fascinating to discover the many plant species that live in the forest and which have many unknown advantages! Do you know plantain? The leaf of this weed-like plant is quite useful in relieving burns, bee stings and inflammation. We crumple it, we squeeze the juice out and we apply it on the sore.
Let's not forget our healthy habits and our “streak-free” principles outdoors, such as leaving whatever we find in our path intact, reducing the impact of fires, respecting wild life and properly managing its waste!
Have fun this summer, the easy way!
Share these tips with your loved ones who, just like us, love to play in the BWA!
Mother of Bwa & founder PEAKBWA