5 Summer Essentials for Little Ones 2024

5 Summer Essentials for Little Ones 2024

Posted by Active Baby Canadian Online Baby Store on 2024 Jun 25th

As the days get longer and the sun shines brighter, summer brings a world of opportunities for fun and adventure for our little ones. Whether you're planning beach trips, picnics in the park, or just enjoying the backyard, it's essential to be prepared. Here's a guide to the summer essentials every parent should have to keep their kids happy, healthy, and safe during the sunny season.

1. Sun Protection

The summer sun can be harsh, especially on young skin. To protect your little ones, make sure to have:

  • Sunscreen: Choose a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Apply it generously and reapply every two hours, or more often if your child is swimming or sweating. Try sunscreen from ThinkKids / ThinkBaby. They have a gentle sheer spray, cream and stick options for all types. 
  • Hats: Wide-brimmed hats offer excellent protection for the face, neck, and ears. Look for hats with UPF protection for added safety. Sun Hats from Jan & JulHoneysuckle, and Herschel are great options.
  • Sunglasses: Children's eyes are sensitive to UV rays. Invest in a pair of sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Real Shades and Jan & Jul have great options for sunglasses for your little one with Jan & Jul's coming with straps that will help them stay put.  

2. Lightweight Clothing

Dress your kids in lightweight, breathable clothing that covers their skin. Bamboo clothing is a great breathable option that is also cooling which is perfect for the summer heat. We carry a wide range of Belan.J premium bamboo apparel and 0.5 TOG sleep sacks that allow your little one to stay cool from morning till night. 

3. Hydration

Staying hydrated is crucial during the hot summer months. Keep your kids well-hydrated with these essentials:

  • Water Bottles: Always have a water bottle on hand. Encourage your child to take frequent sips, especially when active. Bottles from Klean Kanteen and Sugar Booger are great options for on the go
  • Hydrating Snacks: Fruits like watermelon, cucumber, and oranges are not only refreshing but also help keep kids hydrated. Keeping these in containers to bring on the go help with convenience and fun. Snack boxes from Sugar BoogerYumboxMunch Box and OmieLife are perfect for those picnics, beach days, travel or any outdoor walk. 

4. Outdoor Play Gear

Summer is the perfect time for outdoor play. Equip your kids with:

  • Swimwear: Invest in high-quality swimwear that offers UV protection. Don't forget swim diapers for the little ones still in diapers. Honeysuckle Swimwear has cute swim diaper options as well as Hi-Visibility UV protected Swimwear options.
  • Water Toys: Water guns, sprinklers, and inflatable pools can turn any backyard into a mini water park

5. Safety Gear

Keeping your little ones safe during their summer adventures is a top priority. Here are some safety essentials:

  • First Aid Kit: Accidents happen, so be prepared with a well-stocked first aid kit. Include band-aids, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, and any necessary medications.
  • Life Jackets: If you're planning any water activities, make sure your children wear life jackets that fit properly. Salus makes great Life Jackets for your little one
  • Bug Repellent: Protect your kids from mosquito bites and other insect stings with child-safe bug repellent. Care Plus has a great bug repellant that's safe for your little one.

With the right essentials, you can ensure your kids have a fun, safe, and memorable summer. From sun protection to hydration, outdoor play gear to safety equipment, being prepared makes all the difference. So, gather your summer essentials, head outside, and enjoy the sunshine with your little ones!

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