Summer Essentials to Keep Baby Happy and Cool

It’s hard to believe the summer is almost over. Our first summer with a baby was a learning experience for sure. We found that there were a lot of products to help keep baby happy and cool in the hot summer sun. With a month or so left of summer, here is our list of baby essentials:

Summer Essentials

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  1. Splash pad — Aiden LOVES the water. We take him to the pool every chance we get. Since we only have a small balcony, we couldn’t really get an inflatable pool, so this splash pad is the next best thing. It is quick and easy to set up and store and still keeps baby cool. I love the rings which add an extra bit of fun (not that splashing around isn’t enough fun!)
  2. Hand held fan and mister — I love taking Aiden for walks, but when it is hot I get really worried about him overheating. I was really excited to find this fan/mister combo. It is portable to take around with us and it keeps him cool in the summer heat.
  3. Portable activity seat — Earlier in the summer I would take out Aiden’s exersaucer out on the balcony (small balcony seems to be a theme here…) until I found this portable activity seat. I love that I can use it around the house, but also bring it out with us because it folds up.
  4. iPlay swim diaper — So, apparently they don’t make disposable swim diapers for babies under 20 pounds. That is an issue for us, luckily we found these reusable swim diapers which fit perfectly.
  5. Portable play yard — I have written about this before as one of my most used items. It was gifted to us and I am so glad it was. I can use it inside or outside and it is super easy to set up, pack up and store. Once Aiden is more mobile I am sure we will be using it to keep him out of trouble!
  6. Galeeo baby stroller cooling liner — This cooling liner is great! I put it in his stroller during walks and it does stay cool. It does work best in 80 degree type weather, so it didn’t make much of a difference in the 90-100 degree weather (I’m not sure anything would!) You can put it in the refrigerator for the warmer days which helps keep things even cooler.
  7. Sun umbrella with clamp — I love this sun umbrella. It has a clamp so you can attach it to many different things to provide shade to baby (ie balcony railing).
  8. Munchkin freezer pops — Who doesn’t want a popsicle in the summer? This freezer pop mold is the perfect size for baby popsicles. You can freeze milk or purees if your baby is already doing solids.
  9. Sun bucket hat — You will find Aiden wearing a bucketย hat just about every day. You can get them anywhere (Carters, Gymboree, Target, Gap) but my favorite is from Happy Hen Organic. The bucket hats keep his head from burning and shad his eyes.
  10. Sunscreen — I didn’t add a picture, but if your baby is six months or older, it’s time for sunscreen! We currently use Babyganics. We prefer to use the lotion over the spray so that we can be sure that any exposed skin is covered.
  11. Sunglasses — We usually put sunglasses on Aiden whenever we go out (that doesn’t mean he always keeps them on), we love our Babiators. The best thing about them is that if you lose or break them, they will send you a replacement if you register within 30 days.

What summer essentials can’t your baby live without?

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About Melissa

Hi, Iโ€™m Melissa! I am a mama to my baby Aiden Milo (born November 2015), and a police wife to my husband Dan. I started this blog because, after having Aiden, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the er-lovely (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Considering we may have more kids in the future, I want to document everything we do, so we remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!
  • Shannan Panganiban

    living in florida means summer never ends, so i need them all!!

    • Melissa

      Haha! Yes, you do :0)

  • We love those freezer pops! That swim diaper looks awesome! I need to get some of those for our twins:)

    • Melissa

      Yay! I am glad you like the freezer pops too! The swim diaper is awesome. We love it.

  • Awesome list! I’m so going to try those freezer pop molds. My son couldn’t fit into disposable swim diapers until last month. He’s 18 months old! LOL.

    • Melissa

      Thank you! Seriously, what is with the disposable swim diapers? The smallest size is like for 20 pounds….

  • Staying cool is what we are all about this summer. We’re big fans of the splash pad and freezer pop molds!

    • Melissa

      Yea! I am glad to hear you enjoy those things too. Who doesn’t like popsicles in the summer ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kate

    So many good ideas! I’ve never heard of the cooling stroller liner, I will need to look into that! We are taking our 8 month old on vacation for the first time in a few weeks, I’d love to try out some of these things!

    • Melissa

      Thank you! I have an 8-month old too <3 I hope you have fun! Everything listed is really easy to take out and about so perfect for vacation.

  • Love these! Wish I would have gotten some of these earlier but, thanks for the tips!

    • Melissa

      Thank you! There is still time ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amanda Bandy

    What a great list!! I have been wanting one of those play yards for a while now! Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Melissa

      Thank you! The play yard is great. It’s really easy to fold up and store so it doesn’t take up a huge amount of space.

  • Chanel van Reenen

    I love all of these! Especially the sun umbrella!

    • Melissa

      Thank you! The umbrella is sooo handy.

  • I love that fan, and the play pin is awesome! We are going on one last beach trip this weekend and I may be purchasing that fan!

    • Melissa

      The fan is perfect for the beach! Have fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nicole Banuelos

    Love all of these, such a great list!

    • Melissa

      Thank you!!

  • Brittany

    All of these products sound great for a guaranteed fun summer!

    • Melissa

      Thank you! They worked really well for us.

  • I totally need to invest in a mister!! Only of my friends had one and it was a life saver!!!

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    • Melissa

      Yes! It really is great.

  • We need one of those portable play yards so bad…it woudl be perfect for outside when I’m working in the garden or playing with my older son!

    • Melissa

      Yes! It’s great for inside and outside. It also folds up so really easy to fold up and store.

  • Samantha

    A portable play yard would make things so much easier! And I definitely want a splash pad!

    • Melissa

      Yes, the play yard is great! I don’t have to worry about my little guy wandering off somewhere he shouldn’t (even though he’s not really mobile yet). The splash pad is so fun!

  • that little splash pad looks so awesome! I need to look into that!

    • Melissa

      Yes! We love it. Low maintenance, easy to set up and fun!

  • Love those little fans, totally great for the heat! I’ll have to check out those stroller coolers – so much cool stuff since my guy was tiny (and he’s only 2!).

    • Melissa

      I know, it seems like more and more cool stuff comes out! I don’t know how my parents raised me without all this stuff lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Emily | emilybogner.com

    This is a great list you’ve put together. We have that exact portable play yard — we bought it a year ago for our baby and now we use it occasionally with baby #2, we love it!

    • Melissa

      Thank you! The play yard is seriously great. I’m glad you like it too!

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