I was lucky enough to have two spring babies, which meant I got to skip being hugely pregnant in the hot summer heat and dove headfirst into appropriately dressing my babes for sunshine and warm temperatures. Based on my experience with both of my little ones, here are a few things that we found essential for a summer baby:
Onesies - Forget about getting too fancy with the frocks – one pieces are the way to go (preferably with snaps at the bottom for easy diaper changes). But that doesn’t mean your little one can’t look cute – there are so many adorable onesies and rompers out there for boys and girls alike. Love this onesie and romper above.
Hats and bonnets - Especially if your baby is bald like both of mine were, a hat or bonnet is a must to fend off those hot summer rays and shield those sensitive eyes. Adorable featuredfedora and bonnet
Sunglasses – Perhaps not for a newborn, but for a slightly older baby, sunglasses can be a lifesaver. My girls would scream and scream in the car if the sun was in their eyes. The key is to find a pair that fits comfortably so your babe won’t keep trying to take them off. Great black sunglasses and pink sunglasses from picture.
A swim suit – Here is one place where a two piece is usually best, as swimsuits don’t usually have snaps at the bottom for easy access to diapers. Not to mention the fact that they’re so much easier to get on if they come in two parts. Love these swim trunks, tankiniand rash-guard.
A swim diaper – Obviously the necessary counterpart to the swim suit is a swim diaper. I love the reusable type, like this sweet and simple one from Charlie Banana. Featured swim diaper.
Sunscreen - It’s best not to have your babe in the sun for any prolonged period of time, but if you must (or even if you’re lounging in the shade), a safe yet effective brand is best. And because applying it to those wiggly little arms and legs can be a challenge, I love sunscreens that come in the form of wipes or sticks.
Footwear - Of course, babies don’t really need shoes until they’re walking, but if you want to provide a little protection for their tiny toes and complete their little outfit, find shoes that won’t fall off of their feet too easily. Something that has elastic or straps comfortably around the ankle is best. Super cute boy’s sandals and girl’s sandals in above picture.
Of course, every baby and every parent is different, so find what works for you and your little one – I’d love to hear your suggestions!
About the Author
Lauren is the author of A Lovely Lark - a lifestyle blog that focuses on children’s design and decor, DIY projects, and Etsy finds. She also writes for Apartment Therapy, Ergobaby, and Houzz.com. In her spare time Lauren can be found chasing after her two little girls, Violet and Lucy, making her little 1930′s house into a cozy home, and falling down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest