5 Fun Things to do With Your Baby This Summer

Mom-and-baby-laughingby Barb Hopkins

The warm, bright days of summer beg you to get out and enjoy the sunshine, making special memories with your children. Summer fun for kids beyond toddler age often include afternoons spent splashing at the pool and participating in organized activities such as summer library programs, swim lessons and T-ball or little league. Summer baby fun should include opportunities to engage in several “firsts” with your little one.

Water play

One of the number one fun things to do with baby – and even older kids – during summer is various forms of water activities. Register for infant aquatics, often offered by local pools and YMCA facilities. Your baby won’t learn how to swim at 6 months old, but it’s a great opportunity for baby bonding and unforgettable summer memories.

Plan a first visit to the beach for a day of sun and fun. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and protect baby’s sensitive skin at all times. You can keep formula and food safe in the California Innovations 50-can cooler.

Sprinkle-and-Splash-play-matA small wading pool allows for splashing fun in the backyard this summer as well. A 45-inch wading pool will fit in even a smaller yard or can be used on a deck or patio. The Clearwater Sprinkle-N-Splash Play Mat offers another option for water play without any submersion. Gentle fountains of water spray upward from the soft mat, allowing babies and toddlers to splash and play safely.

Keep baby looking great during all your summer water activities with character swimwear for girls and boys. From the Disney Princesses to Dora, Angry Birds, SpongeBob, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates, all your favorites are available in both infant and toddler sizes.

Visit the zoo

Babies as young as 5 to 6 months can enjoy the zoo, and it’s a great day trip for all ages – from grandparents to toddlers and teens. When packing for a day trip to the zoo with a baby, don’t forget to bring all the essentials. Fill the diaper bag with at least one diaper per hour you’ll be away, wipes, antibacterial gel (essential after visiting the petting zoo), extra clothes, a hat, sunscreen, two light blankets, an extra pacifier, bottles, and snacks for baby and any other children in your group.

Some zoos have stroller rental, if you don’t want to bring your own. Be sure to call ahead to find out if strollers are available and ask about rental fees.

The-very-hungry-caterpillar-book-coverPicnic plus story time

Plan a picnic with baby either at the local park or right in your own backyard. Stretch out on a large, comfy blanket and enjoy lunch or snacks. Let the grass tickle your baby’s feet – it’s sure to bring lots of smiles and giggles. Roll a ball back and forth on the blanket and bring some bubbles to blow. Blow bubbles into the gentle summer’s breeze so baby can watch them float magically into the air. Snuggle together on the blanket and read a favorite book or two for a great summer bonding experience.


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