There’s unquestionably something about babies and summer. It’s the time of year when they seem to blossom and bloom and have more energy and curiosity than ever. This can be a joyous season for babies and parents alike – as long as precautions are taken.
A comfortable baby is a happy baby – and a safe one.
The basics are pretty simple to understand but sometimes they can be overlooked amid the hustle and bustle of vacations, picnics, parties and other summertime family outings.
First and foremost, infants and babies of all ages must constantly be kept hydrated. Make sure that they have plenty of fluids available to drink at all times – water being the best choice by far. And, naturally, since so many babies are fair-skinned, it’s wise to keep them out of direct sunlight and out of the sun altogether during the peak hours (late morning to early afternoon).
Sunscreen is, of course, a must, but doctors agree that it should not be overused in babies under the age of 6 months or so.
Also, babies haven’t yet developed the ability to perspire and they have a dangerous tendency to become overheated in a warm environment. Thus, it’s essential to refrain from leaving a little one in a warm room or (especially!) in a hot car. The sad truth is that this can threaten a baby’s very life.
Beyond the above commonsense tips, there are a wealth of products aimed squarely at babies and summer and here are a few that are sure to make the upcoming months as fun as possible for all concerned:
Natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelets
Bug bites are NOT fun and can result in days of unpleasant itching and even serious infections. These clever and colorful bracelets (six to a pack) from Skonzig International use no pesticides, rather relying on natural citronella and eucalyptus oil extracts to fend off mosquitoes and other party-pooping pests. For added value and functionality, they’re also waterproof.
Baby Sun Hat with Chin Strap
Head covering is important in all weather but it’s absolutely essential in the summertime. It’s hard to imagine anything cuter, more functional, or traditional than this adjustable, nautical-themed bonnet from Twinklebelle Design. The “breathable” cotton fabric protects baby from the sun’s harsh rays and the drawstring head adjustment promises a snug fit for babies of all ages and sizes.
Summer Infant Deluxe Baby Bather
Somewhat resembling a car seat, this delightful (and VERY pink or blue) product from Summer Infant is perfect for both bathing and cooling off. Designed to for use in a sink or regular bathtub, it allows for your baby to be safe and comfy in a mesh sling. There is plenty of head support and the seat conveniently reclines in three positions. The fabric is machine-washable and the unit quickly and easily folds up for storage or road trips.
Car Sun Shades by EZ-Bugs
This pair of giraffe-themed shades are perfect for keeping baby out of the worst of the sun’s rays during travel. Sized at 17-by-14 inches, they’re designed to easily fit side-rear windows in nearly every vehicle. They install and remove easily with suction cups. The set comes with a nifty storage pouch.
Weixinbuy Baby Girls Summer Soft Sole Anti-Slip Sandals
With all that hot, steaming pavement, let’s not forget shoes that fit the season. These attractive cotton sandals come in an assortment of colors and patterns and are sized (or can easily be adjusted) for babies and toddlers up to 18 months. Parents have rated them “A” for adorable.
Earth’s Best Organic Baby Food, Summer Vegetable Dinner
Moms know that a well-fed baby is a comfortable baby and this concoction – consisting of all-organic corn, zucchini, green beans, brown rice, carrots, garbanzo beans, and canola oil – is guaranteed to keep tummies full and dispositions sweet. One order gets you a dozen 4-ounce jars. Recommended for ages 6 months and up.