The summer. Sun, sea, sandy bits and cranky tots. Let’s face it, little ones and heat aren’t always the best mix. Of course, everyone’s got their own ways to making it easy, and so have we. Here are just a few to help make sure you all have have fun in the sun safely, whether you're home or away.

1. TAKE COVER

Every parent knows that trying to keep them in the shade when they’ve crawling or walking is more of a challenge than the Crystal Maze. The answer? A sun shelter. Whether you improvise - think the dens you made with sheets when you were a kid - or go all out and buy a UV protected pop up one, adding a few toys will keep them amused for a while. If you are on the move, a safe pram cover is just what you need for those walks in the blazing sun. We rate this one by Snoozeshade.

2. FREEZE IT

If your baby's a fruit lover, freezing some berries makes a cool snack (just don’t forget to chop them up before serving), while puree lollies also work a treat. If you’ve got an older kid, then chuck a water bottle in the freezer overnight and take it out in the morning so the ice slowly melts. Talking of water - here’s a handy tip. Stand big bottles of frozen water in saucepans or bowls in your child's room at night. They’ll keep the air cooler as they melt, and the saucepan collects the condensation. #motherinlawtips

3. UV GOT THIS

Obviously there’s nothing better than suncream to make sure they’re protected from the sun. But, there are other things that top up that protection. Invest in a UV protected swimsuit for sea and pool play and don’t forget the baby sunglasses and the hat. Choose one with a chin tie and you may have some joy keeping it on as well.

4. COOL PLAY

Heat and tots is a recipe for cranky kids. Water play is a great way to keep them cool while they chill in the garden. Shallow fill an old baby bath, or the paddling pool with cold water, add their fave bath toys and they’ll be there for hours. (Just don’t forget the suncream and that hat again.)

5. STEP TO SAFETY

Suncream on tiny feet means that they’re more likely to slip - especially if you’ve got garden decking or are by the pool. A pair of KIDLY Label's Jelly Sandals or some splash shoes are a great buy, so they can safely go in and out of the water while keeping their feet protected from burning hot patios and sand.

So there you have it. Our top five hacks for keeping them safe in the sun. And remember, if you need any more guidance, our Live Chat Team are always here to help, 7am-11pm, every day. Just hit that purple button, bottom right.