Summer is here! That means beach trips, BBQs, and pool parties…and also sun burns, bug bites, and heat exhaustion. Here are my recommendations for some great products which will help you have a safe, fun summer with your kids.
Isla loves playing with her watering can. She can use it in the pool or water table, and she loves being able to help out in the garden. Granted, she prefers to water the weeds more than the veggies. We like to encourage her helpful spirit, though, and she has a great time no matter what.
Keep your babies safe from sun burn and skin cancer with a high SPF sunscreen. I like to use spray-on, because it’s faster and it’s easier to get on a squirmy, busy 2-year-old. I use a cream for Isla’s face, though, to ensure it doesn’t get in her eyes.
If you want to cool off outside but don’t want to drag out the entire pool, a water table is great for busy, curious kiddos to play and explore. Isla loves this water table from Step2.
When I was a kid, I never worried much about mosquito bites, but with the spread of the West Nile Virus, I do my best to keep my kiddo from getting bitten. I prefer to use a deet-free, natural insect repellant, like this one from Babyganics.
Isla loves to take her little spade and rake and dig up dirt and rocks in the back yard. I recommend getting kids’ gardening tools made with wood and metal. They are more durable and more effective.
You protect their skin from the sun, but don’t forget about their eyes! Make sure their sunglasses block UV rays and keep their little eyes safe and healthy.
Another layer of protection against the sun: a rash guard that protects against UV rays. You can pair one of these with any kids’ swimsuit bottoms.
In addition to insect repellant, burning citronella candles is a good way to keep mosquitoes away from the places you spend the most time outdoor in summer. Let these burn a little while before you go out, and make sure to keep them out of reach of kids and pets!
For those perfect lazy Saturdays, it’s great to have a kiddie pool in the backyard. Isla loves this whale pool from Intex. The whale sprays water from its spout, which helps to keep kids cool.
If you aren’t crazy about the idea of rubbing sunscreen in your kid’s hair, find a wide-brimmed sun hat that blocks UV rays. It’s an easy way to prevent sunscreen on the scalp, ears, face, neck, and shoulders.