Top 10 List: Essential baby items for summer

For my fellow SoCal mamas summer might not mean that much of a change…but I know some of you have these things I’ve heard about called seasons. Whether you’re headed to the lake, camping, or to the beach like me there are some summer baby essentials to keep your little one safe and happy this summer.

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Please, please, please keep your little one’s skin protected from the sun. Not only will a burn be a painful experience but repeated sun damage can lead to skin cancer later in life. So protect them now and teach them good practices for later in life.

So grab some from Target, Amazon, or even your local gas station and slather up yourself and your kids before heading out for summer fun. If you are concerned about the chemicals you’re putting on your child you can see a comparison of sunscreens from the Environmental Working Group. We’ll be using ThinkBaby once my little one hits the 6-month mark. Found out all about non-toxic products in my Spring Cleaning series.

Please note that sunscreen is not recommended for babies under 6 months of age. As with any product, even a natural/organic one, test it on a small area in case of reaction before you apply it everywhere.

Sun hat

As if babies don’t already have enough cute gear they make awesome sunbonnets for babies. I was able to find one that offers UV protection as well. The wide brims will help to keep bald heads, necks, and ears out of the sun and offer extra protection for little faces.

baby in sun hat


Anyone else immediately have the yellow polka dot bikini song pop into their head?…just me?…moving right along then. Every baby needs an adorable suit for swimming. For younger babies, they also make suits with UV protection that cover their arms and legs. These are perfect for little ones with very sensitive skin or ones that are younger than 6 months old where sunscreen is not an option.

Baby sunglasses

To finish off their summertime outfit any cool kid needs a pair of sunglasses. Necessary or not they are adorable! You can get regular pairs in lots of different colors or if your baby is given to taking things off they make baby sunglasses that have a band to keep them on. Now your little one can be part of the cool crowd.

Swim diapers

Nobody likes pee in the pool so grab a pack of swim diapers before you let your little one dive in. They will keep all the mess contained while your water baby splashes around. Use my diaper saving tricks to save on swim diapers too!

child in swim diaper


Shade is essential for keeping little ones cool. They make lots of baby sun shade tents that will provide shade while still providing plenty of air flow. When putting baby in a tent or covering their stroller or pack n play be very careful. While providing shade, covering whatever they are in while out in the head can make it quite hot and dangerous.

Be sure to educate yourself about the dangers of covering strollers and other devices in the heat.

Stroller fan

You may also want to consider a stroller fan for those hot outings. You charge them up and they clip right on to the stroller provided a cool breeze on a hot still day. Supposedly they last about 3 hours on the battery charge. Just make sure to keep them where little fingers can’t reach.

summer baby essentials


If you have an older car like we do you probably find that the A/C doesn’t do a very good job of cooling the back seat. One product I’ll definitely be considering this summer is the Noggle which helps get the cool air to your little one in the back seat.

Bug spray

For those of you in balmier climates, you may also want some bug repellent for your outdoor fun. They even make a green bug spray with none of the harsh chemicals we want to keep off our babies. As with the sunscreen make sure you test it on a small area in case of any reaction before slathering it on.

New addition: Outdoor Blanket

I’m now headed into my second summer with my little one. One item I’ve added to our summer essentials list is an outdoor blanket! Even in warmer weather, the grass at parks is often wet so a regular blanket isn’t quite going to cut it. Grab an outdoor blanket to create a clean, dry place to lounge with baby. It can easily be used at the beach as well. We got ours at Costco but you can easily grab these outdoor blankets on Amazon.


Hopefully, I thought of something you hadn’t yet. If you have a summer baby essential you love that didn’t make my list please leave it in the comments below. If you found this post helpful please pin or share it! Have a happy and safe summer!

summer baby essentials

Everything you need to have a fun and safe summer with your baby.