15 Aug Top 10 Summer Must Haves For Baby
Having a little one in the summer is hard and summer here in Mississippi lasts from late April to Early October. It was almost 75 degrees on Christmas Day last year. Needless to say, we have had a ton of practice keeping babies cool in the heat. Both of my boys were 3 months old when it started getting surface of the sun hot outside and finding products to help keep them comfy during the dog days of summer was important. Here are our top 10 products for making the summer enjoyable inside and out for baby!
- A lightweight baby carrier: There are so many options for wearing your nugget depending on their size and age. A linen ring sling like these from Sakura Bloom are perfect for newborn days. For bigger babes, a mesh panel carrier from Lillebaby or Tula keeps air flowing and baby cool. It is still hot here way into the fall so these carriers get plenty of use at our house, even past summer. The price point can be tough to swallow but I promise it pays for itself in naps accomplished.
- Comfy Pajamas: Our favorite jams for hot summer nights are Kickee Pants coveralls. They are made of bamboo and footless so baby can wiggle those little toes! They are made of a very cozy bamboo/spandex blend that makes our boys extra snuggly! Also, their prints are basically the cutest thing ever as evidence below. T
- A Stoller That Provides Shade: Most strollers come with a canopy that gives baby some shelter from the sun but this UPPAbaby G-lite has a SPF 50+ sunshade and a lightweight and breathable mesh seat making it perfect for evening strolls in the summer.
- An Adorable Sun Hat: Most pediatricians don’t recommend using sunscreen on baby until 6 months so sun protection is hard when summer days come before baby is old enough. These hats from Patagonia shield baby’s eyes and sensitive skin from the hot summer sun.
- The Perfect Sippy: Hot summer days require lots of hydration for adults and kids. In my experience, having water readily available makes it so much easier for littles. These straw cups from CamelBak attach easily to a stroller with a carabiner or a bigger kids backpack for easy access.
- Window Shades for the Car: Rear Facing car seats can get HOT in the summer and the bright summer sun tortured my boys eyes interrupting car naps, no bueno. We test drove a few different window shades which broke after 2 months in the hot car. Then we discovered these amazing shades from Brica. They are wrinkle free and work like window clings to provide easy application, which helps when you have a million baby things to assemble already!
- A Sweet Sunsuit: One of my favorite things to do is dress the boys in simple and classic clothes and during the summer months that can be hard to do. Whether it’s church, a family wedding or a friends baby shower, sometimes baby needs to be in their Sunday best and a sunsuit is perfect.
- Little Baby Sunglasses: I know it sounds ridiculous but one of our most used items in the summer are sunglasses. Babies eyes are often light in color and need protection from the bright summer sun. This set from Babiators comes in multiple colors and a strap to keep them on baby’s face.
- UV Swimwear: Days at the pool are essential to keeping cool in the summer but babies too young for sunscreen need the most protection they can get. We loved using swim sets from UVSkinz to protect our kids from the sun in the early swimming days.
- A Lightweight Blanket: Even though it’s hot, baby still needs a blanket around. We love our Blankies and Quilties for multiple uses during the hot summer months. Often we use them provide shade over baby’s car seat if outside or as a nursing cover to provide baby some escape from the bright sun. They are thin enough to give baby some shade without being thick enough to be uncomfortable. Another major bonus is they take up little room in a diaper bag which is awesome when you are toting half the house around with a newborn! Check out all Two Bit’s Blankies and Quilties here.
Did we miss any of your summer essentials for baby? Let us know in the comments so we can check them out!