Summer Essentials for Baby

Summer essentials for babyOh, glorious sun! The joys of warm weather seem almost believable now after inches of snow and ice. I’m so excited, I don’t even want to waste my time with words about it. I put away sweaters and pulled out summer clothes this week. I also made a few purchases. Technically, you don’t need anything to get through summer except a few good tunes, sunscreen, and sunglasses, and maybe even those aren’t “needs.” That said, there are a number of things that excite and inspire me to make it through these last few cool nights.

I think our sons would live outside day and night if we allowed them. Sunscreen is a must and your kids will thank you later! We have a cream for the body and a stick for their faces and the diaper bag. Also consider things like a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) shirt, shorts, or tankini! That’s less sunscreen you have to rub on the kiddos before they head out. We have two swim diapers that we rotate for our youngest instead of disposable swim diapers. They save us money, save diapers from the landfill, and are absolutely adorable.

Don’t forget to protect sweet little eyes (and your own!) with sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection too! For any who dread the challenge of pool hair, also consider California Baby’s Swimmer Defense shampoo, body wash, and conditioner. Aside from smelling delicious, the unique blend of emollients, herbs, and natural sunscreens protect your hair and will keep you shining long past when summer rays make way for the fall.

Don’t forget to protect skin from bugs with a low-hazard spray as well. The Environmental Working Group provides a database of common skin products and their hazard level. Episencial and Balm! Baby are two reputable brands that pack a punch against bugs. Clothing that provides extra coverage, like UPF shirts or tankinis, also help as they cover more skin.

I found no-slip sandals have proven a worthy investment for our kids as they often play in a water table on the patio many summer days. The slippery patio (or pool area) is the last thing I want to worry with when we’re basking in the warmth. You can purchase water sandals or a hybrid sandal that is suitable for public pools and also find use for them at the lake, beach, and general time out and about.

A water friendly baby carrier is a total treat for mom and babe. I’m not interested in taking a soft-shell carrier or most any wrap into the sandy beach or chlorine-filled water of the pool. The Wrap DuO offers a light, water-friendly support for keeping your baby near you with cool ease these summer months.

Lynette Moran shares her life with her husband and two sons, ages 1 and 3 years. She has cloth diapered both since birth and enjoys all things eco-friendly and mindful living.

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