Summer Must-Haves for Mom + Babe

By Jessica Tomes

Baby Chick® Contributor

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Jessica Tomes is a wife and mommy to three precious (but rambunctious) little girls. She has a degree in broadcast journalism from Texas Christian University, and a nerd-like love for political science. She is passionate about writing, marketing, social media management, and this wonderfully beautiful mess we call parenthood. She happily lives in beautiful Houston, Texas, and also sells real estate!

Oh hey, summertime. We’re so glad you’re here! It’s time for beach trips, and road trips, and long weekends at the lake. It’s time to lounge (luxuriously) by the pool, picnic at the park, and kick back for family movie night under the stars. We basically adore this time of year. And because we love it so much, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite summer must-haves for mom+babe. Check it out!

Stylish Swimsuits for Mom and Littles

Summertime is swimming time — especially in Texas! (Hello, 100+ degrees in June.) But if you’re going to swim in the South, you have to have the right gear. And no, I’m not talking about seersucker and monograms. We are big fans of these adorable matching swimsuits from Platypus Australia. Not just stylish, they are also sun protective — blocking out at least 97.5% of harmful ultraviolet radiation — and available in sizes 0 (six to nine months) through 14 (youth), for both boys and girls. How cool is that?


Platypus Australia, Kid swimwear, Sun protective swimwear, Toddler swimwear
The UPF50+ Tankini with Frill (Seashells). Thanks for the cute suits, Platypus Australia!

Platypus Australia, Kid swimwear, Sun protective swimwear, Toddler swimwear, Big southern bows

Platypus Australia, Kid swimwear, Sun-protective swimwear, Toddler swimwear

Platypus Australia, Kid swimwear, Sun protective swimwear, Toddler swimwear

Platypus Australia, Kid swimwear, Sun protective swimwear, Toddler swimwear
The UPF50+ Frill Swimsuit (Seashells). Thanks for the cute suits, Platypus Australia!

Platypus Australia, Kid swimwear, Sun protective swimwear, Toddler swimwear

And of course, we couldn’t forget mom. I LOVE this maternity+nursing swimsuit from Cake Maternity. I get so many compliments when I wear it! Forgetting that I (for now) resemble a beached whale, I like to think of myself as an adorable, pregnant-sized Penelope Cruz on an exotic vacation. Because who wouldn’t? This suit is so comfortable, and I appreciate both the practicality and the fact that it’s adorably modest (especially at this point in my pregnancy). Pair it with a large, floppy hat, and some trendy jewelry, and you are good to go, sister!

Cake Maternity, Maternity swimwear, Nursing swimwear
Shake Tankini Set. Thanks for the cute suit, Cake Maternity!

Cake Maternity, Platypus Australia, Maternity swimwear, Nursing swimwear, Baby swimwear

Platypus Australia, Baby swimwear, Sun protective swimwear
UPF50+ Baby Swimsuit with Bow (Bloom). Thanks for the cute suits, Platypus Australia! We can’t wait to take Baby Brooklyn swimming!

Cake Maternity, Platypus Australia, Toddler swimwear, Maternity swimwear, Nursing swimwear, Matilda Jane

Platypus Australia, Cake Maternity, Toddler swimwear, Maternity swimwear, Nursing swimwear, Matilda Jane

Platypus Australia, Cake Maternity, Toddler swimwear, Maternity swimwear, Nursing swimwear

Super Cute Sunnies

While sunscreen is very important — and a summertime diaper bag necessity for sure — it does nothing to protect a very important body part: your little one’s eyes! We only get one pair, so we have to take care of them. But that doesn’t mean we have to wear ugly or unattractive glasses to do so. We were so excited to find these super cute, Aviator-style sunglasses from Real Kids Shades. Colorful, and 100% UV protective, these sunnies are perfect for summertime.

Real Kids Shades, Kid sunglasses, Kid aviators
Sky Aviator Sunglasses. Thanks for the cute sunnies, Real Kids Shades!

Real Kids Shades, Protective sunglasses, Toddler sunglasses, Toddler aviators

Real Kids Shades, Kid sunglasses, Protective sunglasses, Kid aviators

Real Kids Shades, Kid sunglasses, Protective sunglasses, Kid aviators

Real Kids Shades, Toddler sunglasses, Protective sunglasses, Toddler aviators

Real Kids Shades, Toddler sunglasses, Protective sunglasses, Toddler aviators

A Tote-ally Fun Beach Bag for Cruising Around Town

We are HUGE fans of Matilda Jane Clothing, and we REALLY love this special edition tote. Right now (through May 30), when you purchase $150 worth of qualifying Matilda Jane adorableness, you will receive this tote for FREE. That’s right, I said for free. Easy to clean, it’s the perfect bag for keeping all of your must-have “mom stuff” clean and dry, all summer long. From the pool to the beach, and everywhere in between — this bag screams summer must-have!


Matilda Jane Clothing, Matilda Jane tote, Free tote bag
Thanks for the cute tote, Matilda Jane Clothing!

Matilda Jane Clothing, Matilda Jane tote, Free tote

Matilda Jane Clothing, Matilda Jane tote, Free tote, Real Kids Shades, Real Kids Aviators

Adorable (yet practical) Summer Wardrobe

Our list of summer must-haves just wouldn’t be complete without including a few adorable items from the latest Matilda Jane release. (Well, duh.) Cute and comfortable — and made of soft, breathable cotton — MJ is the ideal summer uniform. Trust us, your littles are going to LOVE this stuff. And so will you, mom! But you have to order it through a Trunk Keeper. A big, Baby Chick thank you to Tara Beasley (Independent Trunk Keeper #929) for helping us out with this fun shoot! Wanna order some MJ of your own? Talk to Tara, and tell her that Baby Chick sent you!

Matilda Jane Clothing, Summer clothes, Summer must haves
Thanks for the cute outfits, Tara and Matilda Jane!

Matilda Jane Clothing, Summer clothes, Summer must haves

Matilda Jane Clothing, Summer clothes, Summer must haves, Sisters

Matilda Jane Clothing, Summer clothes, Summer must haves, Sisters

Matilda Jane Clothing, Summer clothes, Summer must haves

Matilda Jane Clothing, Summer clothes, Summer must haves

Matilda Jane Clothing, Summer clothes, Summer must haves

What are some of your summer must-haves? We’d love to hear! Feel free to share in the comments section below. Or better yet, use the hashtag #summerwithbabychick to share your favorite seasonal finds with us via social media! Happy summer-ing, friends! Let’s make this a Baby Chick summer to remember! xoxo

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