Summer Essentials for Babies and Toddlers: A Guide to a Safe and Fun-Filled Season
As the radiant sun calls out with its warm embrace, it's time to equip yourself with the must-have products that will keep your babies and toddlers cool, protected, and entertained during the sunny season.
From splashing in pools to exploring the great outdoors, we've curated a handpicked selection of summer essentials to ensure yur family's summer adventures are nothing short of amazing.
Did you know?
Did you know that babies and toddlers have a higher surface area-to-body weight ratio compared to adults? This means they can get sunburned much faster than grown-ups. So, it's crucial to protect their delicate skin with sunscreen, hats, and shade during summer adventures.
Here are some must-have items for summer:
Look for a baby-friendly sunscreen with a high SPF. Select a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and with a minimum SPF of 30.
If your child will be in water or sweating, choose a water-resistant sunscreen that can withstand these conditions. However, keep in mind that water-resistant does not mean waterproof, so reapply regularly, especially after swimming or excessive sweating.
Consider using a physical or mineral sunscreen that contains ingredients that sit on top of the skin and act as a physical barrier, reflecting and scattering the UV rays away from the skin. They are generally well-tolerated by babies and toddlers and are less likely to cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. Opt for a fragrance-free sunscreen to minimize the risk of skin irritation or allergic reactions.
Naïf Baby&Kids Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF50
Gun Ana UV Body Mist SPF 50 & Face Cream SPF 50
A wide-brimmed sunhat provides shade and protects your child's face, neck, and ears from the sun. A wide brim helps shield them from direct sunlight and reduces the risk of sunburn in these sensitive areas.
Hats with a neck flap or back covering offer additional protection for the back of your child's neck, which is often vulnerable to sunburn, especially during outdoor activities.
Choose summer hats made of breathable and lightweight materials such as cotton, bamboo or linen. These materials allow air circulation, preventing overheating and providing comfort for your child, even on hot summer days.
When going to the beach, look for sunhats labeled with a UPF rating. Hats with a UPF of 50+ provide excellent protection by blocking out a significant amount of harmful UV rays.
|Beach&Bandits Sun Hat UPF50+||Baby summer hats|
Just like adults, babies and toddlers need protection from the sun's harmful UV rays. Children's eyes are still developing, and their lenses are not as efficient in filtering UV rays as adults. This makes it crucial to shield their eyes from excessive sun exposure. Sunglasses also make it easier for your child to enjoy outdoor activities without squinting or feeling overwhelmed by the brightness.
Often newborn sunglasses come with adjustable straps or bands that help keep the sunglasses securely in place. These can be particularly useful to prevent the sunglasses from falling off or being pulled by the baby.
Remember, it may take some time for your child to get used to wearing sunglasses, so patience and encouragement are key. Start introducing sunglasses early on, and make it a fun and positive experience.
|BEABA Newborn Sunglasses||BabyMocs sunglasses|
Look for swimsuits with built-in UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) to protect your child's skin.
Choose swimwear that provides adequate coverage for your baby's delicate skin. Prefer swimsuits that cover the shoulders, chest, and back, as these areas are more prone to sunburn. Long-sleeved or full-length options can offer additional protection.
Select swimwear made of lightweight, quick-drying, and breathable materials like nylon or polyester blends. These fabrics are comfortable for your baby to wear, allow for ease of movement, and dry quickly to prevent discomfort.
Beach&Bandits Baby Swimsuit UPF50+
||Beach&Bandits swimsuit, shorts and shirts|
Depending on your child's age and swimming abilities, you may consider swim floatation devices such as inflatable armbands, swim rings and vests. These provide additional support and buoyancy in the water, enhancing safety and confidence.
|Petites Pommes armband||Petites Pommes swimming rings and swimming goggles|
A small, inflatable or plastic pool is a great way to let your child splash and play safely in the backyard.Also sprinkler toys allow toddlers to enjoy water play and cool off in a fun way. They provide a refreshing and interactive way to beat the heat during hot summer days
Konges Sløjd Small Shell Pool
Konges Sløjd Shell Sprinkler
The importance of a beach tent when going to the beach with babies or toddlers lies in its ability to provide essential sun protection, temperature regulation, create a comfortable and safe space, and offer a sense of privacy. Beach tents create a designated space where babies and toddlers can rest, play, or take naps without being directly exposed to the elements. By using a beach tent, you can ensure that your little ones have an enjoyable and protected beach experience
Sand toys can make playing in the playgrounds, beaches and in shallow water more fun and engaging for toddlers.The soft sand provides an ideal surface for digging, building sandcastles, and engaging in imaginative play.
7in1 Sand Toys Set
||Petites Pommes Beach Ball|
If you are outdoors with your baby and want to provide some shade or protection from the sun, a lightweight blanket or sheet can be draped over a stroller, car seat, or baby carrier to shield them from direct sunlight. Ensure that there is proper airflow to prevent overheating, and regularly check on your baby to monitor their comfort.
If you choose to use a blanket for summer, opt for one made of lightweight, breathable, and natural materials like cotton or bamboo. These materials allow for proper airflow and help prevent overheating.
A picnic blanket is useful for outdoor picnics, trips to the park, or beach outings.
Babyluv Studio bamboo baby blanket
BIBS x Liberty Quilted Blanket
A lightweight and breathable baby carrier or sling allows you to keep your hands free while keeping your child close and comfortable.
Babyluv Studio Bamboo Baby Wrap
||Wildride toddler swing carrier|
Baby towels and ponchos are versatile and can be used in various situations. They can be used at the beach, pool, or at home after bath time. They serve as a convenient cover-up for your baby or toddler, keeping them cozy and protected while they dry off.
|BIBS baby hoodie towel 0-2 years||BIBS poncho 2-4 years|
It's essential to keep babies and toddlers well-hydrated by offering them water or other appropriate fluids to prevent dehydration. Staying hydrated is crucial, especially during hot summer days. It also Also adults need to stay hydrated so it’s generally a good practice to carry a water bottle with you whenever you leave the house.
BINK Mama bottle
A lightweight, compact stroller is perfect for summer outings, allowing you to navigate through crowded places and providing shade for your child.
Babyzen YOYO stroller
||The Jiffle wagon|
To protect your child from insect bites, choose a baby-safe bug repellent to keep bugs at bay during outdoor activities.
Linea MammaBaby Bugs Repellent Spray
Remember, always supervise your child closely, especially in and around water, and follow safety guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer for your little ones.
Buckle up, embrace the warmth, and get ready for an unforgettable summer experience that both you and your little ones will cherish for a lifetime.
Let the sun-kissed memories bebin!
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