We might be at the beginning of September, but after the hot August Bank Holiday weekend and with a history of Indian summers in the UK, the danger from the sun isn't over. With the children going back to school it's important to teach them about the importance of sunscreen when parents aren't around to apply it for them.
Young children can find it difficult to put on their own sunscreen without supervision - my son attempted it once and you can see the result here! It's not just worry about making a mess, it's also difficult for children to make sure that they have put it everywhere that it needs to go. Sunscreen needs to be applied 15 to 20 minutes before heading out and reapplied every two hours on sunny days, especially if children will be spending longer than usual outdoors, for example on a school trip or while doing PE.
Kelli Aspland and Laura Griffin were concerned about how their children were protecting themselves against the sun while they were at school. They wanted to come up with a solution to allow children to apply sunscreen independently, as well as teaching them that it's important to learn and practice good sun cream habits.
Solar Buddies are great for children to carry in their school bags and are easy for children to use, meaning that they can top up their cream whenever the sun comes out. By making it a part of the daily routine it becomes embedded in their way of life instead of something that children try to put off. I think that this is a great solution to make sure that toddlers and young children are well protected against the sun.