Guess what my husband and I discovered last month when the heat started rolling in ... we have NO air conditioning system; nothing, zilch, zotta- zero! Oh how I love college living. Last night my daughter woke up in panic mode, the apartment was ridiculously hot. Later at 2:00 a.m. I went to check the temperature. My mouth dropped when I saw the reading of 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Luckily, my husband was able to rock our daughter back to sleep with the help of our $20 Walmart fan (hope that little fan survives the summer).
Below are ways that have helped my family survive the no AC problem. If you do have AC, but you are trying to save money on electricity; here are my top 10 tips and tricks!
During the summer months it's a necessity to consume extra amounts of water. This simple step prevents dehydration and heatstroke. While it's easy for parents to remember and realize thirst, it's best to remind children when it's time to drink water. One of the easiest ways I have been able to keep track of my families water consumption is through water bottles. Keep the water bottles in the freezer or fridge for ultimate relief from the heat. Have your kids keep a tally mark on a chalkboard or paper next to the fridge for every ounce they consume. Now staying hydrated can be used as a game!
2. Turn that Off - NOW
I love baking fun treats in the oven, mmm cupcakes, unfortunately there is a huge problem! Not having an air conditioner during the summer makes baking a nightmare. Heat rises from the oven, and disperses in the home or in my case a tiny one bedroom apartment making life with a baby pretty challenging. Avoid cooking and baking during the heat of the day 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Enjoy those cold foods :)
3. Splish, SplashSwimming at the pool is a great way to cool down, while helping your kids to play. If you don't have a pool or don't want to pay for that activity, there are many other options. Make a good old fashioned slip in slide! Use a tarp and spray that big boy down with water and have fun! Another option is to turn the sprinklers on and let your kids run through them. Heck, why don't you do run through the sprinklers too? Who cares if the neighbors are watching - HAVE FUN with your kids, they will only be small for a short period.
4. Freeze, then Play
Most teething toys have the option to place in a freezer. Even if your baby isn't teething, when it's hot enough your little one will play with the cold toy! My daughter enjoys rubbing the cold toys against her lips and face. What an easy way to cool your kids down.
5. Open Sesame
I've made the mistake SO many times of leaving the windows open during the day, and then the heat seeps into my home. Only open your windows at night and close them immediately in the morning to avoid accidentally heating your home. Make sure to close your blinds during the heat of the day (lunch time). Even though you may feel like a vampire; this step helps keep heat out!
6. Ice, Ice Baby
Place frozen ice packs on your wrist, neck and feet to help during the heat of the day. I have two small ice packs for each person in the house. Two is better than one when it comes to cooling down. You will thank me later ;)
7. Rise N' Shine
Run, jog, walk or bike is best to do during the early morning. I love taking my daughter on stroller rides around 7:30 a.m. while there is enough light to see, but not to be burned. Exercising at this time also lowers the chances of sunburn! Why exercise during the middle of the day, when the sun is scorching hot? Get an early start to the day with exercise and help your children stay active.
8. During the Heat of the Day
As the temperatures rise go inside. Try to plan outdoor activities for your children before 11:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. to avoid sunburns and heatstroke. Crafts, games, chores and other activities can be used during this time slot. Make a list with your children about indoor activities they would enjoy doing this summer - you might be surprised with the ideas your children have to offer.
9. What to Wear
Whether you are stay inside or going outdoors, make sure to wear clothing that breathes easily. Cotton provides comfort without sticking to your skin. Avoid wearing polyester the fabric does not breathe well! Next, make sure your clothing is light colored this will help prevent heatstroke. If you are taking your children outside make sure to pack a sun hat for each child to avoid sunburns.
10. Num...Num...NumThere are so many wonderfully tasty foods that don't need to be heated during the summer. Try a delicious smoothie, fresh fruit, sandwich or salad. The possibilities are endless! Only one caution don't eat or drink too fast this may result in a brain freeze...brrr!
Stay cool and have a fun summer!