We have had such a blast this summer!!! Logan was at the perfect stage to enjoy our summer and be able to do so much!! Luckily for us we have a pool in our backyard and literally spend most our days in their splashing around 🙂 He loves the water thank goodness! We also do lots of walks, play dates, trips to the park and family outings. Being off in the summer with him has been so amazing – I feel so blessed!
Sunscreen – I use the Badger Sunscreen mostly or this stick by substance for his face! Both these sunscreens are natural and don’t contain chemicals so they are safe for his little baby skin. I have also heard the honest company sunscreen is great too! We just haven’t had a chance to try it yet!
You can buy it at babyrama or online at many places! http://babyramacanada.com/xcart/Badger-Baby-Sunscreen-Cream-SPF-30.html
Substance Sunscreen stick is great for his face
We are so lucky to have a pool in our backyard, especially in this heat!! Logan loves the water and he is starting to kick his feet and learn to doggy paddle in my arms. He also just loves to float around in his swimming floats as I tug him around the pool 🙂
Swan – from Urban Outfitters: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=35044296&category=A_ENT_FUN
Donut pool float – Urban Outfitters: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=25073578&category=A_ENT_FUN
Although we have an in ground pool to swim in, I found it really handy to have a baby pool for Logan to splash around in… I got this cute frog one from Mastermind Toys, but you can also buy it online from Indigo https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/kids/toys/frog-baby-shade-pool/5050048057912-item.html?ref=by-shop%3atoys%3akids-toys-shopbyage-one%3atop-toys-age-1%3a1%3a it’s super cute and I like the fact it has a shade so I can keep him out of the sun.
Water toys – I bought this Sand toys Bag from Mastermind Toys and it has been awesome!! It comes in this waterproof bag and I just leave it on the deck for when we are outside. Logan loves the toys in it and is especially obsessed with this little wind meal …. http://www.mastermindtoys.com/B-Ready-Beach-Bag.aspx
He also LOVES boats – we have this one that he drags around the pool with him, but I think its time mommy invested in a few more so we can play with them in the bath too! http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=33188926
Theses squirty boats from Indigo would be great! https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/baby/gifts/boat-party-squirties/077539405057-item.html?ikwid=boat+toys&ikwsec=Baby&ikwidx=0
Hooded towels – are KEY if you are in and out of the water. This towel is from Walmart and is super handy – It stays on him and then I am able to just put him in the highchair or we sit and play while he dries off before going into the house with the AC.
We also got this adorable towel made for Logan – that was personalized. A friend of mine has started her own business and does a wonderful job!!! check out her facebook page – “Dots of Love” https://www.facebook.com/dotsoflovebyviolet?fref=ts The towels are around $30 and great for taking places because then you aren’t losing your towel or having someone take it by mistake!! (She also does Hooded towels :))
Pack N Play – we never really used our Pack N Play much in the first couple months like I thought we would, but once Logan was sitting up on his own and moving alot more we started using it quite abit. It has been great for on the deck and makes things easy so I can set him down if I have to run in the house or clean the pool etc. We have also been using it when we sleepover other places. Ours is by Graco from Toys R Us.
Traveling highchair – this has been key for us this summer!! Since we spend so much time outside, we also ate a lot of our dinners outside on the deck too. It was also a nice sensory activity for Logie because he could get as messy as he wanted outside and then our dog Griffin would get to clean up the mess while we went for bath time!! We have this little travel highchair from Toys R us, that is super portable and really easy to clean. PLUS its cheap 🙂 http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=12879951
Walmart has these ADORABLE little Adirondack chairs for toddlers for $5 !!!!! so cute & super affordable!!
Painting fun – This is a great sensory activity for babies! They get to feel the neat texture of the paint between their fingers (and toes hehe) and get to just smash it around everywhere. Plus its super easy to make just food colouring & yogurt!!
Here is a link for some creative ways to do sensory activities that get those little brains stimulated 🙂 http://theimaginationtree.com/2012/06/baby-play-ideas-and-activities-6-18.html
Now if only the summer could last forever ……