That new craze: The Summer Staycation

You've heard it on the morning talk shows, bandied about near the coffeepot at work ('cause hello, who even hangs out by the Sparkletts bottle, am I right?) discussed at length at those playdates, etc, etc.

The current push for American families to conserve their resources, both financial and global has resulted in a new buzzword. The Staycation. It's a nice way to think about staying at home and saving some dough.

But you and I know what that really means. With everyone home all summer long, you're looking at way more in-house time. (It's not like the old days, where your parents would toss you out at first light and you stayed out all day, possibly grabbing a bologna sandwich around lunchtime, and coming home at dusk, 90+ degrees outside, with no hat, sunscreen, or personal electronics!)

More home-time means more clean-time (groan.) According to a recent Clorox survey, over 60 percent of the Moms surveyed reported an increase in cleaning around the house as their families now spend more time at home.
(Told ya.)

But the folks at MommyDocs and MomCentral (I love them!) got together to help us out with some Summer Staycation Safety and Savings Tips. You ready?


Staying Safe at BBQs. According to a recent survey, 70 percent of Moms are cooking more at home and many are likely switching up their meal routine with an outdoor BBQ. Make sure your kids have a safe BBQ experience by keeping them away from the flames and any sharp knives. Also, don't forget to check that your child's hamburger is fully cooked. Always keep a thermometer on hand to be sure all food has reached the appropriate inside temperature.

Keep the Pool Cool and Clean. If your kids love to spend hot afternoons in kiddie pools, you know the importance of cleaning the pool area. Dump out water after each session, and keep the pool clean by disinfecting it with a solution of ¾ cup bleach* to one gallon of water. Don't forget to rinse well and dry thoroughly after each cleaning (never leave any water in the pool). Be sure to always supervise children when they are in or around any water. (* Always remember to read and follow precautions and usage directions before using cleaning products)

Staying Healthy and Hydrated. Spending time in the heat means kids will be more prone to becoming dehydrated. Remind kids to take frequent rest/drink breaks in the shade when playing outside and try to avoid activity during peak sun hours. Encourage fluids before, during, and after outside activities.

Having Peace of Mind at Playgrounds. Sometimes just getting out of the house is the best way to keep it clean, but before letting kids loose at the playground, ensure the safety of the equipment. Swing seats and slides can really heat up in the sun – test them out before your kids hop on to avoid burns. Be sure the playground surface is composed of a soft material to help prevent injury. All playground equipment should be routinely checked for any broken or loose parts. As always, adult supervision is a must at all times!

Saving on Spills. Spending extra time around the house, especially with kids, often means more spills to clean up. Synthetic sponges and kitchen cloths can start to smell and carry bacteria, but you don't have to toss them out after a few uses. One option to reduce bacteria is to sanitize sponges and dishrags by soaking them in a bleach solution (¾ cup of bleach* to a gallon of water) for 5 minutes in the sink. Don't forget to rinse and dry when done. A wet sponge can also be microwaved to get rid of bacteria. (* Always remember to read and follow precautions and usage directions before using cleaning products)

Well, now. Don't you feel all informed? Stay home. Save some money, play with your kidlings. But do it safely, alright?


For more Warm Weather Tips, check out this info packed pdf from the MommyDocs.
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