Tips for Keeping Littles Safe & Comfortable for Summer Fun!

Posted by Danita McGinnis on

It’s official! Summer is here! Here are some tips to help you keep your kids and babies safe while still having a blast:

Did you know that sunscreen is not recommended until 6 months of age? 

Until then, avoid direct sun, especially between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm when the sun's rays are strongest – even on cloudy days.

 Dress baby in lightweight, breathable clothing that covers exposed skin. Add a wide-brimmed sun hat such as our parent-beloved Urban Baby Bonnets SPF 50 reversible organic buckets, bonnets, and caps. For the beach, a long-sleeved rash guard is a great idea.  
Seek out shade by choosing a shaded spot or using sun tents, canopies, or umbrellas. Remember that a significant amount of UV rays can be reflected by light-colored or reflective surfaces such as sand, walls, concrete, or water! And don't forget a window shade for the car – car windows do not protect against UVA rays.

Since newborns won’t be getting enough vitamin D through sun exposure or breastmilk alone, breastfed and partially breastfed babies should get a daily dose of this nutrient that is essential for bone and tooth development. Legendairy's D3 & K2 drops include vitamin K, which is shown to help promote calcium absorption and support immune health.

 For kids and babies older than 6 months, check out Thinkbaby's line of EWG-verified sunscreens. To be EWG verified, sunscreens must meet strict standards for transparency and health of ingredients. Available in 30 or 50 SPF, Thinkbaby sunscreens are reef-safe and non-nano. 
Protect your child's developing vision with sunglasses that provide full UVA/UVB protection – we love the Babiators brand for their style and virtually indestructible durability. Polarized glasses are best for situations with a lot of glare, such as around water, snow, and sand. 

 Add a lanyard to help prevent them getting lost! A silicone lanyard won't absorb water if you are using it near the pool, lake, or beach.

Baby hearing protection is a must for occasions like festivals, fireworks, or summer concerts! If you choose to watch any fireworks displays, make sure you are at a safe distance. Watch for signs of babies becoming overstimulated, and turn them around to face you if necessary so that it doesn't become too much for them. 

Consider alternatives such as face-painting, bubble blowing, or these clean-burning sparklers for a fun activity for the Fourth.

They can be used by older kids with supervision, or waved by an adult for a safe, fun display for smaller kids, and are a great way to mitigate the disappointment of fireworks displays being after bedtime. 🌚

Help little ones sleep through any after-bedtime noise and light disturbances with blackout curtains kept close to the wall to minimize flashes.

 You can turn up the volume on your sound machine, but make sure you aren't exceeding a safe decibel level – between 50-55 dB. You can check by using a free decibel measuring app to test the volume level from where your baby will be sleeping.  

It is totally normal for babies to sweat when they are warm, but they can't regulate their temperature as well as an adult, so keep a close eye on their temperature. No water (or other beverages) for babies under 6 months!

 If you are concerned about dehydration, pay attention to your baby's wet diapers. Make sure that they are continuing to pee the usual amount and that they aren't becoming constipated.
For ages 6-12 months, they can have small amounts of water in between feedings. You can also give fresh fruit – not juice! - which naturally contains a lot of water, as well as providing other benefits like fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. 


Toddlers ages 1-3 should have 5-6 cups of water a day, and kids 4-8 should have around 7 cups of water a day. Water is best! Kids this age will generally drink the amount their body needs, so you don't need to push them, just make sure to offer water frequently. Avoid sugar-laden beverages such as soda, juice, and sports drinks. If you think your child is dehydrated, check with your pediatrician regarding a pediatric electrolyte replacement. Sports drinks and juice can actually make things worse, as they don't have the right balance of electrolytes.

 Water safety – drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death for kids ages 1-4. Make sure that kids are closely supervised around water at all times. Follow these safety guidelines
  •  Fence it off. All pools and hot tubs should be completely enclosed
  • Remove toys from in and around pool area when not in use
  • Keep a life-saving ring by the pool & wear life jackets for water activities
  • Never leave water in kiddie pools or buckets
  • Keep toilet lids closed and locked
  • Learn CPR
  • Get kids swimming lessons – learning to swim can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% in 1-4 year olds
  • Educate children and adults about water safety
  • Do not trust floaties or the ability to swim to keep your child safe – supervise closely at ALL times

Learn more at the National Drowning Prevention Alliance 

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