Whether you're tossing and turning in bed because of the uncomfortable summer heat or you can't get the kids to drink enough water after they've sweated away from playing, we've got a few things that can help you out. Here are hacks to make parenting just a little bit less stressful:
1. Get the kids (heck, the whole family) to drink more water.
Children below 2 years old should not drink any sugar sweetened drink, according to guidelines from the American Heart Association. Water is still the best way to go. To make H2O more appealing to kids, try infusing your pitcher with slices of fruits. Colorful orange, strawberry, watermelon and kiwi floaters will make it more inviting and fun for the kids to hydrate, especially if they get to pick out and prepare the fruits themselves.
The Contigo Tritan Infuser Pitcher keeps all the fruits in one compartment. It's BPA-free and also leak-proof and spill-proof so you don’t have to worry about small hands practicing pouring a cup all by themselves.
2. Make brushing a habit for the kids.
Available in SM, Metro and Robinsons department stores, major pharmacies and National Book Store
All children with teeth should brush at least twice a day, says pediatric dentist Dr. Georgina Roa-Remulla. “Brushing before bedtime is the most important,” she adds. And dentists can’t stress it enough. Parents should instil the habit of brushing from a young age. To make teeth cleaning more fun for your child, let her pick a toothbrush. These come in different character designs and lights up to let your child know if she's brushed for the recommended 2 minutes.
Belo Baby Bar Soap (P79.74) and Hair and Body Wash (P219.75), available in major supermarkets and department stores or online at Belobaby.ph
Eczema, a rash-like skin condition, can pop up anytime in babies, says pediatrician Dr. Jamie Isip-Cumpas. “It depends on when he was exposed to the triggering factors,” she adds, which can include anything from his clothes to his soap. “You’re looking for cleansers that are soap-free and less fragrant or fragrant-free. You don’t want the sudsy kinds of soap as these can strip the oil from the baby’s skin.”
Belo Baby, a line from the brand, only has products that have certified natural ingredients and contain no harsh chemicals whatsoever. It's also hypoallergenic and clinically proven to be gentle on skin.
4. Feel less guilty about the environment (it comes with a hefty price though!)
Babyganics Flushable Baby Wipes (P445), available at Healthy Options stores
Love traveling with your little one? These handy wipes from Babyganics always keep moist and are completely eco-friendly and flushable, so you don't feel so bad when you absent-mindedly throw it in the toilet bowl. While it is guilt-free, you will find it expensive. But it’s made with plant-based ingredients and is gentle enough for your baby’s hands, face and bottom.
5. Get instant relief and protection from bungang araw
Fissan Prickly Heat Powder, available in major supermarkets and pharmacies
Prickly heat (or bungang araw as Pinoys call it) is an itchy rash that causes a stinging or prickling sensation on the skin, explains the U.K. National Health Service. It's common during hot weather where the skin can get easily irritated because of excessive sweating.
Bungang araw can be especially punishing when it's located in areas covered by clothing, adds the NHS. For relief, try Fissan's Prickly Heat Powder. It protects and relieves the skin, and absorbs moisture to prevent prickly heat from coming back.
6. Find an all-around baby product
Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly, available in major supermarkets and pharmacies
A tub of petroleum jelly can be a great all-around help when you have a baby in the house. It can help prevent diaper rash from coming back (smear a layer on your baby's dry, and rash-free bottom), help you remove unsightly cradle cap (apply to your baby's scalp, massage and rinse off), and soothe minor cuts, scrapes and chapped lips. Vaseline's 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and is recognized by the National Eczema Association.
Uratex Senso Memory mattress, find Uratex's store locator here
Adults should be getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night, according to sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Having trouble getting some snooze time during these hot summer months? Consider getting Uratex's Senso Memory mattress. It has a soothing coolness that helps you fall sleep faster while also relieving the body from painful pressure points.
8. Find your most comfortable (but stylish) pair of shoes
For moms who stand or walk for long periods of time daily, back and foot pain can be frustrating and troublesome. Why not find a long-term solution by going shopping for new shoes? Vionic shoes have built-in orthotics that help maintain the natural alignment of feet while standing and walking. They provide support, enhance stability, and have earned praise from health professionals including doctors from the Philippine Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society.
9. Make eating veggies fun!
OXO Hand-Held Spiralizer, P1,150, available at Rustans
If your kids hide at the sight of vegetables on their plates, the OXO Hand-Held Spiralizer can make those moments a thing of the past. This nifty kitchen gadget creates uniform, curly noodles from vegetables to make healthy meals more enticing. Make baked curly fries, garnishes, snacks, and more. The open blade design accommodates both long vegetables like zucchini and round vegetables like potatoes, and is safe for little hands to use. It is BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.