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Solar Buddies making it easy for children to apply suncream

July 4, 2019

This post is in partnership with Solar Buddies

Whilst I can understand the rationale behind most of the rules and regulations that are now in place for our children at school. There are a few that I question whether we are becoming too much of a ‘hands-off society’. Especially when I think of how many children have headlice due to not being checked regularly by school nurses (or the ‘nit nurse’ as she was fondly referred to in my time at school). Not to mention the cost of the lotions and potions available on the market to ‘treat’ these infestations (shudders at the very word).

However, it is the summer season that makes me very much aware that our children are at risk whilst at school. That simple act of going out to complete a PE lesson on the school field or heading outdoors for a lesson. Not to mention the fun and laughter they have during break time and the lunch session. But children need to be outside I can hear you all thinking. Yes, they do, however, as teachers and assistants are no longer allowed to apply suncream to children, parents are advised to do this before school. Which is great, but suncream needs to be reapplied regularly and this can be difficult for children to do from a regular suncream bottle or spray.

This is where Solar Buddies comes into relieve the worry from parents and makes apply suncream fun and easy for little hands.

Solar Buddies

The easy, mess free and best way to apply suncream and lotion for children and babies. Great for use in schools and nurseries for adults and kids.

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How to use the Solar Buddies Suncream applicator

When it comes to using the Solar Buddies suncream applicator it is really straightforward and something that can be completed within in minutes – even if you are using it for the first time.

  1. Remove from the box and unscrew the applicator
  2. Squeeze in your suncream of choice – it’s recommended that you use one that is medium to a thick consistency (to prevent leakage). Plus always use one with the highest UVA & UVB star rating
  3. Screw the applicator back together and remove the protective cover (pink or blue)
  4. Apply suncream to the desired body part by rubbing along the skin. The rollerball applicator adds the suncream to your skin whilst the soft sponge will ensure that its spread out and gives you a good coverage
  5. Reapply throughout the day depending on the guidelines from your suncream – although every two hours is about right.
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A close up of a bottle

The Melanoma Fund’s top 5 sun protection tips for sport

Whether you are preparing for sports day, family sports in the garden or in the park. Or organised sports that your child attends, it is important to ensure that they are protected from the sun as will as hydrated. Take a look at these sun protection tips from the Melanoma Fund.

  1. Arrive prepared for a day in the sun with SPF30+ sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat (even if it is raining in the morning!)
  2. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before commencing outdoor activity to ensure it is effective.
  3. Hydrate regularly, and reapply sunscreen every two hours, using a sunscreen applicator to avoid a greasy grip.
  4. Use a chubby sunblock stick to protect lips, nose and ears, which are all prone to burning.
  5. Check skin every month or so and if you spot any changes, visit your GP immediately.

Top tip: Try to purchase a coloured suncream that fades to clear once applied. Not only will this ensure that you have the best possible coverage as you’ll be able to see any missed areas. But it also makes it a little more fun for the children who think that they are painting themselves, or you if they are practising their application technique.

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Our thoughts of the solar Buddies suncream applicator

The Solar Buddies suncream applicator is so easy to set up ready for the children to utilise at school and nursery, or even around the home when we are enjoying fun-filled days in the garden. The pop-off cap and large grip mean that they are able to hold the applicator easily to rub against their skin. Covering their arms, legs, necks and faces with ease.

Although I had been utilising the Solar Buddies suncream applicator for a week or two. Our trip to Paultons Park at the weekend was the first that What The Dad Said had seen it in action. He was really impressed with just how easy it is to use for the whole family*. The kids were able to apply their own whilst we were getting the pushchair set up, picnic out etc. Which gave us those all-important additional minutes to make the most of a family day out.

* Please note that it is recommended that the Solar Buddies applicator shouldn’t be shared for hygiene reasons – I have ordered additional applicators.

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Solar buddies discount code

To gain a 15% discount off Solar Buddies products, please enter the discount code: booroo15

Solar Buddies get the thumbs up from mummy bloggers

Win a Solar Buddies Single Applicator

To ensure that your child is safe in the sun this summer, Solar Buddies have kindly offered us one of the Solar Buddies Single Applicators to giveaway

Prize: Solar Buddies Single Applicator

To enter simply complete the Gleam widget below, all entries are optional and each one completed will gain you more entries into the random draw.

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  • Susie Wilkinson July 4, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    This would be great for the whole family, we need an easy way to apply sunscreen when we leave the house

  • Solange July 5, 2019 at 12:58 am

    On our family holiday to Turkey.

  • Emma Walters July 5, 2019 at 7:12 am

    perfect for the children to take to school

  • Ursula Hunt July 5, 2019 at 7:28 am

    I would keep in my handbag to use on all the times when you unexpectedly get caught out in the sun, with for myself or the children

  • vicky hallnewman July 5, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    This is a brilliant idea for the kids to take to school and you know they will apply it properley

  • Rhian westbury July 6, 2019 at 9:26 am

    I didn’t know that teachers weren’t allowed to apply suncream, although it makes sense. You’re right applying cream before school is not going to last all day so this is a great alternative x

  • Kirsty July 6, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    I love the he idea of using the solar buddies to get a better and not so messing application when it comes to suncream. Plus you don’t have to worry about it leaking everywhere in your bag!

  • Margaret GALLAGHER July 7, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Everywhere – will be invaluable

  • Kacie July 7, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    This is such a great idea for kids. Looking after our skin when we’re in the sun is so important!

  • Nichola - Globalmouse July 7, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Oh this looks brilliant, what a great idea for kids. Mine always struggle with suncream so I love the look of this.

  • Eva Katona July 7, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    This is absolutely brilliant! Sun protection is so important and the ealrier the children . learn the importance the better.

  • Stephanie July 7, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    What a great product, and something that’s easy for children to apply x

  • Iain maciver July 7, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    everywhere i go if needed

  • Louise Laing July 7, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    I would use the applicator everywhere, even if the sun’s not shining down, you can still use sun cream!

  • Angela Treadway July 7, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    days out with my kids, at school ect x

  • Sandra Fortune July 8, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Anywhere . This would be great for my little grandson he doesn’t like you putting suncream on him he would be able to do it himself with this

  • Dominique Constance July 8, 2019 at 10:21 am

    In the garden, and when my son goes to school

  • Jon July 8, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Gah this sort of stuff is SO important! People always seem to remember sun protection for their kids on holidays but not so much when they are home!

  • ADEINNE TONNER July 8, 2019 at 11:39 am

    I would use it when we are on the beach and going out to the park too.

  • stuart hargreaves July 8, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    What a great product – both at home and abroad

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN July 8, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    This sounds great. Mine have their own mini bottles to apply themselves regularly.

  • Charli Bruce July 8, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    This is so great, especially for schools. There has been so many times when my daughter was younger that she got sunburnt from being at school – If she had something like this it would have made a world of difference as she would have been able to apply herself x

  • Rachael July 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    What a clever little gadget, so handy for my boy at school who ways seems to get red in the face no matter how my suncream I put on before school.

  • Gareth Pugh July 8, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    This sounds cool and makes kids independant

  • Claire July 8, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    This is such a great idea! I know how much of a faff it is to put cream on 3 kids, myself and my partner (the bits he can’t reach anyway!)

    I agree about the hands off sentiment as well but this will save children’s skin but also teacher guilt, believe me we’d love to be able to help kids but you’d never get chance for a wee or god forbid a tea

  • fiona waterworth July 8, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    great for our Jasmine who likes to put her own lotion on

  • Laura Pritchard July 8, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Out on my boyfriend’s boat!

  • Vikki Bowker July 8, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    I’d send this in my son’s bag to school – great for forest school or PE!

  • Neha July 8, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    This sounds like a brilliant idea. Never heard or seen these but it looks like a great idea for kids. Perfect for school

  • Kizzy July 9, 2019 at 5:34 am

    What a fantastic idea, especially for little hands.

  • Craig Havery July 9, 2019 at 8:48 am

    any time kids are out in the sun

  • kris mc July 9, 2019 at 9:57 am

    in the mornings before the school run

  • Jenni July 9, 2019 at 10:52 am

    This would be great for us, we are currently in France but planning on moving out here so having this for my son would be fab

  • Justine Meyer July 9, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    I would use this both at home and when we go abroad

  • Anosa July 10, 2019 at 9:09 am

    The applicator is so cute, I think my nephew would be applying all day every day.

  • fashionandstylepolice July 10, 2019 at 11:34 am

    What a great idea. I would love this for the kids.

  • Troy Easton July 10, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    It would be when we have are day trips to Cornwall upcoming.

  • Samantha Fernley July 10, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I would use it on summer day trips with my son.

  • Melanie williams July 11, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Wow what a great idea. I love this product and well worth a buy from the looks of things xx

  • S. Otoole July 11, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    All the time with my grandchildren, I could have done with that 2 weeks ago in Devon where I got burn’t.

  • Ruth Harwood July 12, 2019 at 7:47 am

    In the summer when the weather calls for it!!

  • Kara July 13, 2019 at 9:16 am

    We have a nivea roll on and its so much less messy than the spray and creams. Love that this can be refilled

  • Jodie Green July 13, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    with 7 children it would be used a lot, especially for the younger children, for days out, visits, trips and when out in the garden

  • Rich Tyler July 14, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    On beach / park in the summer sunshine

  • Julia Kerr July 15, 2019 at 2:16 am

    I think it would be great for the kids to use in school

  • Sarah Lambert July 15, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    I would use it in the summer holidays when out and about

  • Samantha O'D July 16, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    This looks great, good for playing out in the garden and for hols

  • Charlotte G July 17, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    My son has VERY pale skin, so I would use this all the time as he loves to play out in the garden

  • Katie Skeoch July 18, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    We would use it all summer as even with just a little sun the risks to delicate skin increases

  • Sarah Prescott July 18, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Great prize

  • jo bickley July 19, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Would be fantastic to teach my son how to do it so when he starts nursery he knows how to use it!

  • Catherine Bullas July 19, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Great for trips out and the kids to take to school.

  • lynn neal July 19, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    I think it would be ideal to take with when we are out for the day!

  • Paula Phillips July 19, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    I’d use it at home before we leave to go out or when my children are playing in the garden. I’d also take it on days out with me to use.

  • Karen Barrett July 19, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    When I take my grandchildren on holiday to Devon

  • Diana July 19, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    On all the sunny days

  • Susan B July 20, 2019 at 2:10 am

    It would be very helpful on days out and games in the park.

  • chris bull July 20, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Days out with my grandsons, such a clever idea, reminds me of shoe whitener applicator, you can get into all the nooks and crannies 🙂

  • janine atkin July 20, 2019 at 9:31 am

    id use this on my nephew when we go to the beach

  • Christine Taylor July 20, 2019 at 9:36 am

    We’re going on holiday to Spain in 3 weeks so these would be perfect x

  • ellie spider July 20, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    we are heading to orlando in september o we would deffo use it there and also on our beach days

  • Carly Belsey July 21, 2019 at 6:10 am

    My daughter would take it to school with her. Such a fab invention

  • Lesley Cohen Wright July 21, 2019 at 7:54 am

    This would be brilliant to take on holiday with us and make it so easy to use on my grandchildren

  • Emma Hussain July 21, 2019 at 8:03 am

    These would be great to help my children apply lotion at school

  • Jade Ring July 21, 2019 at 8:56 am

    I’d use it all the time! They’d be brilliant for packing in the boys school bags and reminding them to reapply at lunch time when it’s really hot, especially as the teachers won’t help!

  • Averil Lea July 21, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Brilliant idea…very useful for trips to the coast xx

  • Kate Davies July 21, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    This would be perfect for family adventures, giving my son a little bit of independence while keeping him sun safe.

  • Kim Neville July 21, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Out and about with family. Would make easier for my son to put on himself at holiday camp 🙂

  • Jeanette Leighton July 21, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    For qben we go to my dads in Surrey for a week in Surrey Walton on Thames in the summer

  • Adrian Bold July 21, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    We’re off to Rome in August for a family holiday. We haven’t been to Italy before so we’re very excited about it! A perfect time to use this prize.

  • Leanne Perrett July 21, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    its handy to pop in the kids school bag so they cna be safe in the sun even when you cant apply it for them as its so easy

  • Rebecca Parke July 21, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    I would use this every sunny day!

  • Lia Burns July 21, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    I’d pop it in my changing bag and use it when out and about rather than taking a huge bottle that sometimes leaks!

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