Summer Must Haves for Babies 6+ Months

Boston winters are brutal. They are so horribly cold and snowy with wind chills below zero and 3-4+ layers of clothing. It’s actually my worst nightmare. I count down the days to summer as soon as the first chilly fall day arrives. And NOW, warm weather is here to stay with the first official day of summer on Thursday. For Everly and I, this means lots of days at the playground, outdoor workouts with the jogging stroller, and time in the pool or at the beach!

I’ve rounded out my favorite summer essentials for babies 6 months and older. I’d fully recommend keeping any babies younger than 6 months out of the sun/heat as best as possible.

Outdoor play mats/blankets

Any blanket will usually do the trick for the day at the park, but I’d recommend one that has stakes to stay in the ground if there’s any wind. We have one that we purchased from Target when they did their collaboration with Hunter a few months ago and it’s perfect. It folds up into a small bag and has a beautiful pattern. Everly is able to crawl around on the blanket and play with her toys out of the grass. PS: most kids are afraid of the grass! Here are some similar options:

Opalhouse – Black and White Animal Picnic Blanket

DOUSPT Beach Blanket Picnic Blanket

Travel Fan

We can’t sleep/relax in the heat when we’re sweaty, so babies definitely can’t either. To keep cool I bought Everly a small fan that clips on to her stroller. We like the one with foam fan blades, but all baby fans are safe for the stroller and tiny fingers.

Dreambaby Clip On Stroller Fan, Black w/Silver

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Sun Protection

The best way to keep your baby protected from the sun, is to keep them out of it. Sun shades, beach umbrellas, long sleeve bathing suits, sun hats, and sunscreen are so important to keep your baby safe in the sun.

i play. Baby Flap Sun Protection Swim Hat

It comes in 10+ colors, works great in the pool, and ties on under babies chin. It’s basically the only hat that Everly will keep on her head!

RuffleButts Baby/Toddler Girls Long Sleeve One Piece Swimsuit – Painted Flowers with UPF 50+ Sun Protection

This suit comes in different patterns, has a zip for easy on/off, and is UPF 50+ for sun protection. The best part is the long sleeves = less time applying sunscreen.

Beautycounter Countersun Sunscreen: Pediatricians recommend not applying sunscreen to babies under 6 months old. The most important things to think about when buying sunscreen for your child are safety and effectiveness. The safest sunscreen that I’ve found for Everly is by Beautycounter. And best of all is that it’s effective too! There is an option for a mist, lotion or face stick. I’ve used a combo of all three on her, but the mist is definitely the easiest to apply when she’s squirming around. It’s important to remember to reapply every 2 hours or immediately after they go into the water and dry off.

Summertime Toys

Everly loves the water, so we have a great float for the pool. At the beach she will play with the sand – it’s inevitable for them to eat it too. She has sand toys and stacking cups to play with as well.

We are ordering her a water table for the backyard. She played with one over the weekend at a birthday party and loved it!

Bubbles are another easy, inexpensive toy for babies. 20 minutes of guaranteed excitement!

What are your must haves for the summer with your baby?

xo,

Jacci

Top 10 Essential Baby Items

Top 10 Essential Baby Items

 

You’re over the moon excited with baby number one on the way and you’ve done your gender reveal party… what now? Run to BuyBuyBaby (RIP Babies’R US) and test out every  single baby product!

I’ve been asked SO many times on what to register for/what is a MUST HAVE for when your baby arrives. Here’s a list of the absolute top 10 items. Some of these items are needed immediately and some are important to have once your baby is 3+ months old. Obviously, you’ll need diapers, wipes, and swaddle blankets.. that’s a no brainer even for the newest mom to be.

The best advice is to register for everything — don’t skimp! You’ll be surprised to see what your friends/family will generously gift!

Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper

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The Rock ‘n Play Sleeper comes in different patterns and prints and is the absolute most used baby item in every household with a newborn. Everly slept in this rock and play every night for the first four months of her life. Make sure you register for one with the auto rocker, music, and white noise.

Hushh Portable Sound Machine

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White noise is a necessity for getting your baby to sleep. It reminds your newborn of being safe and warm in the womb. There are plenty of white noise apps available to download on your iPhone, but this machine is worth the $30 price tag. It’s rechargeable (never buy one that takes batteries), has three types of white noise and clips easily to baby’s stroller or car seat. This machine has been EVERYWHERE with us, but lives in Everly’s room for her nighttime sleep and naps.

Skip Hop Chelsea Diaper Bag Backpack

chelsea diaper bag

Having a backpack for a diaper bag is SO important. A baby’s diaper bag comes everywhere with you the few years of the baby’s life. This bag has the perfect amount of storage and style. I added the Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station to organize everything needed for a quick diaper change. Everly’s diaper bag always diapers (duh), A&D, and Water Wipes – the best baby wipes for sensitive skin.

Aden + Anais Musy Squares

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Everly was a great eater and rarely spit up… until she was about 5 months old. Then we started going through 3-4 soaked burp cloths/day. It felt like we were taking a step backwards, but realized she needed to relax for 10-15 minutes after eating instead of going straight to playing. These are very lightweight cloths.. perfect for spit up and drool. They were also Everly’s first Lovey… awwww!! 🙂 Now that she’s a little older, she’s graduated to a new lovey, also by Aden+Anais

Babyganics Foaming Dish and Bottle Soap

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Basically, the whole Babyganics line is amazing. Everything has a light scent and is great for sensitive skin. The foaming dish and bottle soap is perfect to clean pacifiers, highchairs, bottles, and dishes because it doesn’t leave a residue. We also are huge fans of the Hand Sanitizer Wipes, Moisturizing Lotion, and Toy Wipes.

FridaBaby NoseFrida

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You’ve probably heard of this weird tool for sucking snot out of babies noses and were confused like I was. It’s hard to understand how it works without trying, but trust me and just buy it. You’ll thank me when your baby has his/her first cold. Between boogie wipes, Nasal spray, and this magical tool your baby will be feeling better in no time.

Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit Microfleece

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$40 is VERY steep for a baby swaddle, but this thing really is *magic*. Babies get to a point where they don’t want their hands swaddled… it’s usually around the 3 month mark, but varies by baby. This is the swaddle at that point. It comes in three colors and looks like a snow suit. Everly wore a long sleeve onesie under it nightly and was never overheated. We ended up using this for about 3 months (until she was rolling over and wanted to sleep on her stomach).

Zipper Long Sleeved Onesies

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The zipper is key for newborns! You will be changing 8-15 diapers per day! Don’t waste any time on snaps… they are so stupid. Carter’s makes a Sleep and Play version with zippers, but our favorites were from Target – Cloud Island. These ones had a reversible zipper so you don’t have to take the whole outfit off when you change a diaper.

Black Out Curtains/Car Seat Canopy

Keys to baby sleeping well: swaddle, white noise, and a DARK room. You will need to invest in black out curtains for the best sleep stretches and Everly sleeps 12-13 hours a night! Napping in her crib would not be possible without these curtains from Target. When we’re on the go she will nap in her car seat thanks to a car seat canopy (we have a solid black one). It’s also a great cover for breastfeeding!

UppaBaby Vista Stroller

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My husband and I decided to splurge on the UppaBaby Vista stroller when we won $500 on a scratch off at Christmas Dinner. Chaaa Chingggggg! It was the best decision ever! We love that this travel system can hold three kids – yes, three! It has the smoothest ride, looks very sleek and is easy to fold/transport. We purchased the stroller set in Jake (black), but there are several colors that are on sale! It comes with the bassinet attachment and the Rumble Seat. Note that the car seat is not included in the travel system – you’ll need the UppaBaby Mesa

Top 10 RoundUp is complete! Top 10 Toddler Items TBD – send me your must haves!