Spring is here and before you know it summer will be around the corner which means the sun is likely to start showing it’s hat (well let’s not be too hopeful, it’s still the UK we’re talking about! Like many of you, the team at Slumbersac are planning to spend some quality time at the beach with our families over the next few months. But before you head off to get a little sand between your toes, it’s a good idea to take a few moments to think about how you and your little ones can stay safe on the beach and in the water this summer.

When the sun’s out and you’re getting ready to head for the beach, safety is not usually the main thing on your mind as you race around packing towels and trying to remember where exactly it was that you left the bucket and spade when you put them safely away last September. We all have a vague idea that water can be dangerous and that we should avoid getting sunburnt, but is that enough? By taking a few moments to consider the risks more fully – and how you can avoid them - you can make sure that your family can enjoy a fun day at the beach. Below, we highlight some of the key things to be aware of and what you can do to keep things safe.

Watch children at all times.

As we all know, young children are curious and easily excited, and in many cases they seem to have a talent for getting into sticky situations! The beach is one place where you will need to keep an eye on them at all times. It’s easy to nod off in the sun, get lost in a book, or indulge in a spot of people-watching and before you know it, your little one has wandered off! Stay aware of where you child is at all times, and if they’re old enough to understand, tell them that they can’t go past a certain point so that they always stay within sight.

Bathe and paddle only where there are lifeguards.

Many beaches in the UK have lifeguards in the summer months, and if lifeguards are present, you will also see flags with red and yellow stripes. These flags indicate the area that is patrolled by the lifeguards, so anywhere between the flags should be covered. There are other flags that you might see, for example a red flag means that it’s not safe to go in the water at all. For an explanation of what the various flags mean, you can visit the RNLI website here.

Protect your children’s skin.

Our skin needs to be exposed to the sun to that our bodies can make vitamin D, but it’s very important to limit the exposure of skin to the sun to avoid the short term pain of sunburn and the longer term risks of skin cancer. It goes without saying that you should use sun cream on your children, and cover up them up whenever possible. Slumbersac’s bath ponchos are ideal for this because they cover the shoulders, which are easily burnt, and they won’t fall off as your children run around. This week our bath ponchos are 25% OFF and you can grab one from our website here. Another way of avoiding sunburn is to create an oasis of shade by using a parasol or similar, although keeping little ones in a small patch of shade when there’s a beach to explore is not easy!

It doesn’t take long to make sure that you and your family are beach safe - and remember, much of the advice above also applies to lakes, rivers, parks, and outdoor pools too! So have fun this summer, wherever you are, - and stay safe!

If you have any tips for the beach, we'd love to hear them! You can use the comments box below.