Posts Tagged ‘pool’

Summer Fun with a Mobile Baby

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

IMG_1653-2It’s summer. Parks. Splash Pads. Vacations. But what do you do with a baby who is mobile, ready to explore, and doesn’t like to sit still?  You can still have tons of fun with your baby in the summertime, even though they have reached the mobile stage. My son Levi is super mobile. At 10 months, he crawls, cruises, scoots, and pulls up on everything. Here are some great ways to enjoy the summer with your little one.

Take the Toys Outside:

Babies love to play, and mommies need the fresh air. It sounds simple, but even just taking your toys outside can be fun for you and baby. Take a picnic blanket and allow baby to explore whatever toys you choose. I have done this several times with a ring stacker, blocks, and soft toys for Levi. Most of the time, babies will stay on the blanket. You can allow baby to explore the grass some, too. Many moms invest in play yards that you can take outside to further contain your baby while allowing for some fun. If all else fails, break out the stroller and let baby sit in it and play or snack while you enjoy some vitamin D or play time with an older sibling.

Go for a Stroll:

My son Levi may be mobile, but he still loves for me to buckle him in and go for a wagon ride. He loves to see other children playing, hear the birds chirp, and look at the fish in the pond.  He is very curious, so he doesn’t tolerate a long walk right now, but we do go for short walks several times a week.

Splash Pads:

Even a mobile baby can enjoy a trip to the local pool or splash pad.  Levi will start to crawl away from me some at the splash pad but he still wants mommy right there. Remember if you take a mobile baby to a pool, be prepared. Try baby wearing or bring in a small stroller so you have something to help you carry baby and all of your things. I love my Tula and sit n stand stroller by Babytrend.  These things help me tote both of my small little ones around town on hot summer days.

Get Creative:

Bubbles and finger paints are popular toys at my house. My son loves to sit and catch bubbles. He could do this for hours. We also like to try and make those cute crafts you see on Pinterest, although this doesn’t always turn out. Do whatever is fun and creative for your family, everyone has their own interests.

Visit Your Animal Friends:

We recently went to the children’s zoo with Levi for the first time. He loved seeing the cows, goats, monkeys, and kitties. He also was a big fan of the train. Little ones can’t always handle long trips, but you can enjoy a few hours at a local zoo with a mobile baby. We often visit Pet Smart and other local pet stores to go see the animals. Consider taking your little one to your local humane society to visit the lonely animals, as well. Babies love animals, and it will do your heart good to see their expressions of delight.

There are lots of fun things you can do to have fun with a mobile baby. Get ready for walking momma, it’s coming. Life will keep getting more interesting, but if you keep your baby safe and are prepared, you can still have lots of summer fun.

Karyn Meyerhoff is the mom of one active toddler and one very mobile baby. She lives and writes in Northeast Indiana.

Nursing at the Pool

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Nursing at the PoolIn the summer of 2011, I had my second daughter, Alice, on July 30, eight days late. That’s beside the point for this blog, but I can’t help but say it every time I mention her birthday.

My oldest daughter was 2 years old, and she was used to going to the pool every day, because that is where I sought relief from the Texas heat when I was pregnant and eight days overdue. In the summer. In Texas.

OK, now we can move on.

So once paternity leave was over, staying home all day wasn’t an option. Not because she threw a fit over not going to the pool, but because the water wore her out so well, she took an amazing nap afterward. So, I was stuck taking a toddler and newborn to the pool in Texas. I was addicted to that post-pool nap.

Fortunately, the pool was very kid-friendly and my daughter was a great swimmer, so it was easy to manage them both. But the first time the baby began crying when there were a bunch of other people at the pool, I had a dilemma as an NIP newbie: bust out the cover, or just slip my strap down and nurse?

Nursing in a swimsuit meant that my entire boob was out. But at a place where one is surrounded by breasts, why did I feel weird? I had always used a cover with my first baby. But in the Texas heat, and at the pool under the shade, I decided to just go with it.

Part of my Southern upbringing means I’m a people pleaser. Even if no one says anything to me, even if no one complains, I’m hyperaware of how people are acting and if someone is uncomfortable. So as an attachment-parenting mom, part of what I have had to do is turn that people-pleaser voice off. My other daughter is happy, safe, and entertained, and I have a rare moment to nurse in peace—I’m taking it!

Nursing at the Pool

Sometimes we also nursed on the way there!

We did nurse at the pool all summer long that summer, and no one batted an eye. Several times, small children came up to me to ask about the baby and sometimes what we were doing, and I just told them I was feeding my baby milk. I love that kids have no shame associated with nursing and I feel like in that moment I am helping to make it nursing more normal for the next generation in a tiny way.

If taking your kids to the pool or the beach is something you can enjoy safely with your baby in tow, don’t feel weird nursing there, covered or uncovered. If your baby likes to hang out at the boob for a long time, you may want to bring a cover since the best form of sun protection for babies under 6 months is physically blocking sunlight with UV clothing, hats, or keeping them in the shade. Covers can be great for that! But if your baby won’t tolerate it, just find a shady spot and relax. The pool is the one place where you are not the only one letting it all hang out.

Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three. She lives and writes in (much cooler) Queensbury, New York.



Great Pool Snacks for Summer

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Sailor girlDuring the hot Texas summers, daily trips to the pool are a must to stay cool. This is my third summer taking my kids to the neighborhood pool, and this summer they are 3.5 and 1.5 years old. I have learned that I must pack snacks when we go to the pool or my kids will end up eating all of the neighbor-kid’s snacks.

Below are a few of our favorite pool time snacks. We always make sure to take plenty of water so that no one gets dehydrated. Either sippy cups or the small water bottles work great.

Grapes:  I love taking grapes as they are healthy, easy to pack in a little ice chest, and easy for little kids to eat. Grapes won’t get soggy if little wet hands go to grab some. I like to take plenty of cups so I can give all the kids a serving of grapes. Keep in mind if the kids are younger, you might want to cut the grapes in half to prevent choking.

Graham Crackers: These are also easy to share, but it is best if a parent gives the kids a sheet so they do not all get soggy. We tend to go through a whole sleeve of graham crackers each time we take them to the pool.

Peaches: A great summertime snack that everyone enjoys; just wash and pack. These go fast as well so take plenty to share.

Trail Mix: You can either get trail mix in a big bag or in individual packets. I like taking a big bag to the pool and sharing in cups for all of the kids. Make sure you know that the kids are not allergic to nuts and can handle all of the shapes and sizes of food without choking.

Popsicles: One busy afternoon at the pool a mom brought a giant box of popsicles and handed them out to all of the kids at the pool. This would work great if you took and shared right when you got to the pool, or it is even better if a second parent can bring once everyone has been playing a while. I think all of the kids loved that mom and it was a great treat.

Hope your summer days at the pool are full of sun, splashing and yummy food!

Kristen Beggs is a mom of two who loves spending her summer afternoons by the pool with her kids.

Sunday Funday Giveaway: Carriwell Maternity Swimsuit

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

I love seeing pregnant mamas at the beach or pool, showing off their baby belly. Such radiance seems to abound from a beautiful round belly full of life. I know that during my pregnancies I loved being in the water for both relaxation and exercise. A comfortable maternity bathing suit is a must have item for pregnant mamas, particularly if a bulk of your pregnancy will take place during the warm summer months. A dip in the pool is a great way to beat the summer pregnancy heat as well as release stress on joints!

Mom’s Milk Boutique now carries this gorgeous Maternity Swimsuit by Carriwell. It’s designed to be adjustable to accommodate your growing belly! The halter top allows you to adjust the top area accordingly as needed. It also comes with removable breast forms for added shape.

Would you like to win a Carriwell Maternity Swimsuit? Then be sure to enter this week’s giveaway today! :)