Summer Baby Necessitiesby Elizabeth MacDonald
Tiny little fingers and tiny little toes… and all of those delicious baby rolls to kiss on! Oh, the newness, that first summer of sun-kissed skin, it’s a season that will stay with you forever!
But with the summer comes the heat! Whether you will be sticking to neighborhood walks in an area still in quarantine or possibly Phase 1, or you will be hitting up the beach and everywhere else in a fully opened state, you will want to be prepared to beat the heat with your baby.
If you are due soon, consider adding these to your wishlist, registry, or to your own shopping cart! (oh, and don't forget to order your Heartbeat Animal to go along with your summer baby!)
Summer Baby Necessities
I’m not talking about bringing your newborn into the ocean or the pool at a few weeks old, but a baby a bit older? Sure! Whether your baby gets wet or not is up to you, but the mesh ring sling is the perfect outdoor option because it is breathable and allows the water to pass through. You can keep your baby sitting high enough on your chest to be out of the water too.
A great ring sling is a must throughout the newborn stage, but after a few months, the convenience of tossing on a more structured carrier is a game-changer. It’s easier on the back and allows you to have full use of both arms. The problem is that most of these carriers are thicker, so finding a great, breathable carrier is key for the hot summer. Beco offers a great option!
There are rechargeable stroller fans! You can charge it in the car on your way to wherever you are heading (or inside the house) and have it ready to keep your baby cool for hours.
A small fan with a misting option is great to keep in your bag for easy access.
A pop-up, easy to pack (and carry) shade tent is key if you plan to be outside for a good portion of the day. This is great for the backyard or the beach.
A good mesh or breathable, and wide-brimmed hat is key while outside.
Muslin fabric is perfect for the summer; it leaves you with the option of a warmer or cooler pajama choice for the night.
These blankets are gorgeous and practical throughout the warmer months. They are soft, breathable, and can quickly become an addiction once you see just how many patterns there are.
This is a must for car seats in the heat of the summer. The buckles and fabric can become too hot to set your baby on, and the easiest answer is a safe shade that fits the seat and protects it from the heat. This will also help preserve the lifespan of the straps.
When choosing a window shade, make sure that it is not a safety hazard if in an accident. The shade is needed during those peak hours each day, and a simple cling on material will work perfectly.
Another great addition to your list is a cooling pad for the stroller!
If there are no air vents that can blow toward the backseat in the car, a Noggle is a lifesaver.
This handy little towel can be easily kept in the diaper bag and pulled out whenever needed. You just pour water on it and ring it out!
Oh my word, summer is the best season for cloth diapers because of the whole ‘minimal clothing’ mandate! Fluffy butts are just the cutest thing ever!
Sunscreen isn’t recommended until 6 months or older, so hold off until then, but once you are ready, choose a safe option.
Once your baby is old enough to have water (recommended age is not until 6 months), a sippy cup that keeps water cold is key during those hot days!
Have fun with that new baby this summer!