Summer has officially begun! In my neck of the woods, we have already seen some extremely hot and busy days. Parents of toddlers know that whether it is hot, cold, raining, or snowing, keeping toddlers indoors and entertained can be a challenge. So since you will most likely be out and about this summer, use this checklist so you can be sure to have successful adventures outside of the home and never be without the must haves with toddlers.
Avoid heat exhaustion by keeping yourself and those little ones hydrated! Fruit juices and soda alone do not provide proper hydration, so find some cute water bottles for the family and fill them up with ice water before getting to your destination. Most attractions sell bottled water at astronomical prices–like $3+ for one bottle! Save some money and BYO (bring your own) bottle.
Just like our bodies get dehydrated, so does our skin. Protect and hydrate it by applying sunscreen before getting to your destination. My favorite is Aveeno’s sunscreen lotion for babies. My skin is sensitive, so I use it on the girls, as well as on mine. People of color need sunscreen too! If you do not believe me, check out this article in EBONY.
My girls scream like crazy ladies if we are in the car and the sun is shining in their eyes, so we keep their sunglasses in the car. Sunglasses and hats, like sunscreen, just help to further protect our babies’ delicate skins. Kids in shades are just adorable, right?
Wipes and Hand Sanitizer
When you’re out and about toddlers’ hands are ALWAYS touching something. Taking children in public bathrooms can be challenging; I dread it when I have to. It can get tricky once it’s time to wash their hands because while you’re holding one child up to the sink, the other(s) are trying to escape out the door. Wipes and hand sanitizer have come in handy, helping me to avoid those icky and challenging bathroom situation, unless (of course) they have to actually use the bathroom, which is a WHOLE other challenge.
With some messes comes soiled clothes. I have learned the hard way to always have extra clothes on hand, especially for you mommies who are potty training! You can always find a diaper and a pair of toddler panties in my bag. The life of a mommy!
Those evenings out in the backyard or strolling through the neighborhood are only peaceful and enjoyable until those pesky mosquito bites come out. Growing up, a favorite bug repellent of my mom’s was Avon’s Skin-So-Soft. I remember it smelling wonderfully and being effective. This summer, my kiddos will use Lafes’ Baby Bug Repellent, an organic brand.
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Help the little ones stay energized and refreshed by providing fruit and other healthy snacks. Filling them up with junk will only create hungry and sluggish toddlers. Our favorite snacks to eat-on-the-go are grapes, apple slices, raisins, and pretzels. Snacks seem to be my life saver. It does not matter where we are or what we are doing, if a toddler meltdown is nearing, an immediate remedy is to find the nearest snack. Hand a toddler a snack and all life’s problems seemingly disappear!
Let me know, what keeps your children happy when you’re out and about?