15 Summer Must-Haves for Babies and Toddlers

one year old baby girl is playing , splashing in the pool . baby is first time in pool and she is very happy and excited. mother is sitting beside her

15 Summer Must-Haves for Babies and Toddlers

Summer is right around the corner and for moms, especially new moms, keeping little ones entertained during the hot and sticky months can be a bit of a challenge. It’s not practical to schedule several play dates a day for three months, so we have to find ways to make sure our babies and toddlers get the most out of summertime at home without driving us crazy!

15 summer must-haves for babies and toddlers to keep them active and happy all summer long:

Kiddie Pool

Tiny inflatable pools and splash pads are a mommy sanity saver on hot days. Babies love to splash around in water and you don’t have to go anywhere but your back yard.

 

Inflatable pool and splash pad for kids

 

Floaties

When your kid is really small, this float activity center with canopy or this float ring are awesome options. But once your child gets a little bigger, these puddle jumper floaties are essential.

 

Water floaties for babies and kids

 

Sunscreen

Most sunscreen is full of harmful chemicals not suitable for baby skin. Luckily there are a few brands of more natural sunscreen that is baby safe and effective, like this Babyganics SPF50 lotion.

babyganics sunscreen for babies

 

Swimsuits

Obviously, swimsuits are summer must-haves. You’ll need a few swimsuits for your kiddos and Ruffle Butts and Coolibar suits are some of the very best. They help keep your baby’s skin safe from the sun while keeping them cool.

Kids swimsuits

 

Beach Canopy

Whether you’re spending a day on the beach, at the lake, at big brother’s soccer game, or just out for a picnic, this baby beach tent is a must-have for keeping baby cool and shaded.

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Baby Beach Tent

 

Swim Diapers

Swim diapers are an absolute must, duh. The disposable kind are good, but I really love these reusable swim diapers.

Reusable Swim Diaper for babies

 

Sunglasses

These baby sunglasses are the cutest! I love that they are flexible and durable and have the comfortable strap to keep them on baby’s face.

baby sunglasses

 

Bug Spray

Insect repellant is about as bad as sunscreen when it comes to harmful chemicals that you don’t want to put on baby’s skin. Babyganics Natural Bug Repellant is one of the best I’ve found for a more natural alternative that’s actually effective.

babyganics bug spray for babies

 

Portable Play Yard

This ultimate portable play yard can be a lifesaver when you want to include your little one in all the outdoor activities, but also don’t want him crawling into a parking lot when your back is turned for half a second. It might look like a baby jail, but I’m okay with that.

Ultimate portable playard for outside

 

Portable Booster Seat/High Chair

It’s lunch time and you have to simultaneously feed yourself, your toddler and your infant outside in the wilderness without anyone being eaten by ants or dropping food in the pool. Having this portable booster/high chair just may save your day.

Portable foldable child seat for outside by summer infant

 

Baby Carrier

When you have multiple kiddos and only two hands, wearing your baby in the pool just makes life easier. Baby K’tan Active Wraps are amazing for doing just that! Plus, you can wear them outside the pool on those hot days when you just need a breathable baby carrier to wear your baby without you both having a heat stroke.

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baby k'tan baby carrier wrap

 

Water Shoes

I learned the hard way that baby feet are super sensitive, even when walking around at the pool. My kiddos would get blisters on their poor feet just from the bottom of the pool, so I started having them wear water shoes and it helped a lot! These are my favorite water shoes for little feet.

Baby water shoes

 

Sprinkler

Once your baby becomes more mobile, you know there’s no way she is going to want to sit in one spot in a baby pool. This is the time to bust out your kid-friendly sprinkler and let the kids run wild in the back yard.

 

Melissa & Doug Blossom Bright Sprinkler

 

Water Beads

Every now and then, playing outside is just not going to happen. Whether it’s a summer rainstorm, a ridiculously hot day or you’re just too busy, having these water beads and other sensory play goodies on hand can be a sanity saver.

Water beads

 

Sand/Water Table

Sensory play is so important to a child’s development and summertime is one of the best times to let the kids go to town with messy fun. A sand/water table is a staple for any family with kiddos because it lets them experience sand, water, jello, foam or other messy play with reckless abandon.

water and sand table for kids

Having a few (or all!) of these options available to your kiddos this summer will make your lives easier and more fun-filled. Remember, you only have about a dozen or so summers with these little people before they don’t want to hang out with you anymore, so try to make the best of it!

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